For our next Blogpost, you will have several options to choose from. The main idea here is to riff a little on some of the material we’re covering during Unit Two (on the science and technology of surfing). But we also wanted to give you the chance to back up a little and talk about a really key element of our course that we haven’t done much with during classtime: our fieldtrip to the New Jersey Surf Museum at Tuckerton. All told, then, you should let your thoughts go and see what there is to see with regards to TWO of three topic options. For each topic you choose to tackle, you should write a paragraph — so, two total paragraphs is the goal.
Here are the three topic options that you might choose from: 1) Follow up on our class fieldtrip. What do you remember most? What did you learn? How did it help to illustrate or raise additional questions about stuff we have been doing in class? 2) Address the age-old question of whether shaping is truly an “artform.” You might consider such things as: Is board shaping really an “art”? Why or why not? And who cares if it is “artistic” or not – what difference does it make? Is it “wrong” somehow to ride a mass-produced surfboard? 3) For your final option, you should consider the controversial “Surf Ranch”. What do you think of Kelly Slater’s famous man-made wave (and others like it)? Is this technological development the latest, greatest example that surfing today has “lost it soul”, or does it represent an ingenious example of forward progress?