Sweetness and Blood
A folk history of surfing after World War II places an emphasis on its cultural influences while documenting the author's visits to such lesser-known surfing destinations as West Africa, Berlin and Cuba, offering insight into the roles played by such contributors as Christian missionaries and colonials.
missionaries—jump oceans to California and Australia? And how did it become such a worldwide passion, even in places where the surf may be excellent but the society is highly conservative or superstitious about the sea?
surfing destinations—Israel and the Gaza Strip, West Africa, Great Britain, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Cuba, and Morocco—to find out. Whether he is connecting eccentric surf legend Doc Paskowitz to the Arab-Israeli conflict, trying to deconstruct the terrorist bombing in a nightclub in Bali, or being chased by the German police while surfing a river break in Berlin, Moore masterfully weaves together politics, culture, history, and surfing to create a book like no other.
how surfing spread from Hawaii and California to the rest of the world, with some unexpected results
Indonesia : bulé bulé
Germany : the Fun-Gesellschaft
Morocco : Kilroy was here
United Kingdom : English incomers
Israel and the Gaza Strip : two opposed ideas
Cuba : La otra revolución
São Tomé and Príncipe : the stern of an old canoe
Japan : plastics
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