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A Phenomenological Investigation of Lifestyle Surfers from San Diego
by Nerothin, Peter H., M.A., Prescott College, 2017, 139; 10747452
Abstract (Summary)

A phenomenological approach is used to explore the experiences of thirteen lifestyle surfers from San Diego. Participant experiences are interpreted in phases determined to be categorically unique. Increases in short-term wellness are consistently reported following surf sessions. These benefits are thematically connected to restorative aspects of ocean environments. Flow experiences are reported, and appear to provide sustaining motivation to surf again in the future. The researcher concludes that each of these findings are to some extent determined by unique dispositions of individual participants. Aspects of this study are relevant to current developments in surfing. Special attention is given to a discussion on surf parks, wherein findings from this study are considered against past research involving restoration theory and flow. Practical and theoretical implications are explored, along with ethical considerations. Additional research is encouraged, especially studies that will increase our understanding of the value of surfing to individuals. It is suggested that new revelations in this area could help to support the ethical advancement of surf park development.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mitten, Denise
Commitee: Harper, Nevin, Ponting, Jess
School: Prescott College
Department: Adventure Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Kinesiology, Psychology
Keywords: Attention restoration theory, Flow, Psycho-evolutionary theory, Surfing, Wave parks
Publication Number: 10747452
ISBN: 978-0-355-75384-4
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