‘Once a Local Surfer, Always a Local Surfer’: Local Surfing Careers in a Southwest English Village

Beaumont, Emily ORCID: 0000-0002-7318-2373 and Brown, David (2015) ‘Once a Local Surfer, Always a Local Surfer’: Local Surfing Careers in a Southwest English Village. Leisure Sciences, 37 (1). pp. 68-86. doi:10.1080/01490400.2014.952462

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This article reports on findings from an ethnographic study (2008/2009) conducted in a village with a significant population of local surfers in Cornwall (South West England). Stimulated by Goffman’s (1961) interpretation of the concept of career, and elaborated by the work of Stebbins (1970) on “subjective career”, Stebbins' (1982) framework of “serious leisure” and “serious leisure career” (Stebbins 2005) we identify moments from local surfer careers lived in this community setting. We suggest that similar to findings from other sub-cultural studies on sports careers the local surfing career in this context contains shared experiential stages: the nurtured stage, the possible competitive stage, the serious leisure traveller stage, the responsible stage and the legends stage. We conclude that the shared experiences and pathways of a local surfing career can play a positive cultural role, not just for individuals but also for the construction and maintenance of local community life.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Local SUrfer; Serious Leisure Career; Subculture; Community; Identity; Cornwall
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Kate Greenaway
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2020 15:13
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2023 11:58
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/9095

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