Legends of the Surfer Subculture: Part One
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Legends of the Surfer Subculture: Part One

  • Author(s): Thorne, Tanis
  • et al.

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https://doi.org/10.2307/1498346Creative Commons 'BY' version 4.0 license
Abstract

The adventurous nature of the sport of surfing and the conditions of its historical development facilitated the creation and sustenance of an indigenous folklore. 1 Surfing legends, tall tales, wonder tales, and fabulates are the genres conspicuous to the folklorist in terms of repeti tion of themes and characterizations; for fantasy and heroism are the leitmotifs of surf-lore. In many of its manifestations, surf-lore is a special interpretation of historical events and personages; it thus provides the folklorist the opportunity to observe the process of legend formation from fabulate and memorate.

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