Surfing Social Conference

Date / Time: 10-12 February 2016
Venue: Raglan, Aotearoa New Zealand

Challenging surfer identities and spaces

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An international conference hosted by the University of Waikato for academics researching the socio-cultural aspects of surfing.

To be held at Solscape overlooking the famous Whaingaroa Raglan break in Aotearoa New Zealand.

As part of the programme, the film 'Out in the line-up' will be shown with a Q&A session with the film-maker, Thomas Castets. In conjunction with Surfing + Social Good , day three will involve community outreach sessions and opportunities to interact with significant Aotearoa New Zealand members of the surfing field within and beyond academia. A panel will also be held with scholars in the field of surfing, and surf media.
Photo courtesy of Lilly Pollard

Free Public Lecture: Blue spaces: Being in, on and with the sea

How does the sea shape our sense of identity, belonging and connection?

This public lecture brings together internationally recognised researchers exploring human relationships with the sea. RSVP now to attend!

The final conference program is now available!. See below!

PROGRAM surfer-web

The final program to view or download.


Please view our frequently asked questions for further information.


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NZ$343 (inc. GST) early bird registration (closes 1 Dec 2015)
NZ$403 (inc. GST) standard registration (closes 31 Jan 2016)
Includes: three days registration + breakfast and lunch each day, + film night and dinner on Thursday
Day 3 only - no film -  $63  (including lunch + $15 plus GST+ online booking fee)
Day 3 with film -  $ 68 (including lunch @+$15 plus GST +online booking fee)
Day 3 children/unwaged - $28 plus GST (bring own lunch + online booking fee)


Solscape (07 825 8268) – a range of options including camping! Please quote surfsocial when booking. Other reasonably priced accommodation is the Kopua Holiday Park (07 825 8283) and the Raglan Backpackers (07 825 0515).

Please note this is a busy time of year and accommodation is likely to be booked up quickly.


Photo courtesy of Elke Emerald

Book Publication: Surfing, Sex/uality and Gender

While it not the sole focus of this event, a key outcome of the conference will be the publication of an edited book with a working title, Surfing Sex/uality & Gender based on selected chapters arising from the conference. As the book title implies, it will focus on surfing in relation to empirical and theoretical work on themes of sex, gender and/or sexuality, and their intersectionalities. Time in the conference program will be allocated for the development of the book. If you are interested in having your proposal considered for the book please state this as part of your submission.


July 2015 - paper submissions openedSufers-bali
14 September 2015 - abstract submission deadline
5 October 2015 - review of paper submissions and notification of acceptance
15 October 2015 - early bird registration opens
7 December 2015 - early bird registration closes
31 January 2016 - standard registration closes

Kia Ora

The conference team: lisahunter, Rebecca Olive, Easkey Britton and Belinda Wheaton, summit-surf

The University of Waikato

*Other photos courtesy of Arlene Bax

Sponsored by the Wilf Malcom Institute of Educational Research