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What do surfing and politics have in common?

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Empire in Waves: the other side of surfing

What do surfing and politics have in common? Scott Laderman, author of “Empire in Waves: A Political History of Surfing,” is about to shock a few naive souls.

Surfing is more than just a sport. The activity of riding waves is widely known for its broad spectrum of influence. As we know, surfing has been touching cultural, economic, social and political edges for a long time.

Scott Laderman, associate professor of History at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, explains us why the surfing hides a darker side, despite its transparent image boosted by “Gidget“, The Beach Boys, and the “Blue Crush“.

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