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Relational Places: The Surfed Wave as Assemblage and Convergence Dr Jon Anderson, Cardiff University andersonj@cf.ac.uk
Changing Places “the way in which space is conceptualised is of critical significance for the conduct of social sciences... the way in which space is conceptualised is of fundamental importance. It matters”  Massey, 2006:89 “as people seem to be increasingly mobile, and their social relations and other everyday experiences are increasingly disembedded from physical locations... social theorists are [becoming] sceptical about the importance of [traditional notions of] place”  Gustafson, 2001:668
Are places are carved out ‘permanences’ or ‘pauses in processes’?  “is essentially a static concept. If we see the world as process, constantly changing, we would not be able to develop any sense of place” Tuan, 1977:179 “persistent sameness and unity which allows [it] to be differentiated from others”  Relph 1976:45 “recent years have witnessed a burgeoning work on ‘thinking space relationally’. According to its advocates, relational thinking challenges human geography by insisting on an open-ended, mobile, networked, and actor-centred geographic becoming”  Jones, 2009:5 “all places are in a state of continuous change”  Dovey, 2010:3
The Surfed Wave as a Relational Place “concerns about the legitimacy of researching surf culture” Hill & Abbott, 2009:276 “a single wave is likely to be moulded by several forces: the local wind; a dominant, underlying swell; and, often, a weaker swell coming from a third direction”  Raban, 1999:93
“complex system of diverse intersecting mobilities” Sheller & Urry, 2004:6 “I got the board placed right, and at the right moment, too; but I missed the connection myself – The board struck the shore in three quarters of a second, without any cargo...”  Twain, cited in Duane, 1996:20 “is this feeling of intense  elation that ensnares  a board rider.   ...If one is stoked, they  experience a fully embodied  Feeling of satisfaction,  joy, and pride.  You will tingle from your  head to your toes” Stokes, 2006:229/30
Flow and the surfed wave “one’s skills are adequate to cope with the challenges at hand, in a goal-directed, rule-bound action system that provides clear clues as to how well one is performing. Concentration is so intense that there is no attention left over to think about anything irrelevant, or to worry about problems. Self-consciousness disappears and the sense of time becomes distorted”  Csíkszentmihályi, 1990:71
Surfed Wave as Assemblage “In the most general sense an 'assemblage' is a whole 'whose properties emerge from the interactions between parts' (Delanda 2006: 5). ...The parts of an assemblage are contingent rather than necessary, they are aggregated... ; as in a 'machine' they can be taken out and used in other assemblages”  Dovey, 2010:16
The assembled surfer: “genetics, neurophysiology, tools (surfboard, wetsuit, wax), life history, personal dispositions, encultured narratives from the surfing subculture and media, and so on”  Ford & Brown, 2006:162 “I love being in the water, total relaxation & clears your mind. Big waves are a good test – you have to commit or get a pasting! I enjoy the rush I get from sticking a new manoeuvre that I have been trying for a while or taking a big bomb or a nice deep dark pit”.
The surfed wave as convergence “…the ideal of merging with the medium… of a now-expiring-and-never-to-exist-on-this-planet-again miracle”  Duane, 1996:66, my emphasis “I love the feeling of being in the sea and of riding a wave. I love the sea and so being able to spend time in it, and be one with sea is fantastic”  Interview Respondent, their emphasis   “It provides a unique way of enjoying myself that is intimately connected to nature” Interview Respondent, my emphasis
“there appears to be a disorientation in time and space where the surfer temporarily loses perception of all external boundaries. There is an intensive and emotional reaction felt by the rush of adrenalin to the muscles, with the resultant feeling of emotional catharsis and the joyful sensation of having been so close in union with the ocean” Scheilbel, 1995:356  “I am sitting waiting there, With each rise and fall unblinking stare, I disappear and sense the motion, Close your eyes, become the Ocean”  Poem written by Questionnaire Respondent
“Whenever I tried to pin down what this 'at oneness' felt like, one particular moment in the surf always came to mind.  ...I remember the water swelling beneath me and how I was perfectly in tune with its rhythm. I remember a surge of energy lifting me high above the hollowing water, the thickness of the shoulder, the glowing, desert-like appearance of the shore.  Above all, I remember the instant at the top of the wave, just as I rose to my feet to 'take the drop', poised on the brink with the weight of the inrushing ocean behind me and the wave unfurling beneath me.  The spool of my memories always froze at this last split second of clarity and separateness before the screaming descent where mind, body and wave became one....”  Capp 2004:11/86
Conclusion “flows and connections within which things are continuously (re)constituted”  Braun, 2004:171 “convergence fuse[s] thresholds”. Thomas, 2007:25,  the thresholds between subject and object, surfer and wave, are fused to make a coalesced, unitary entity/process Can these and other relational places provide ‘stable’ roots/routes to identity  projects for better collective futures?

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Relational places1 short

  • 1. Relational Places: The Surfed Wave as Assemblage and Convergence Dr Jon Anderson, Cardiff University andersonj@cf.ac.uk
  • 2. Changing Places “the way in which space is conceptualised is of critical significance for the conduct of social sciences... the way in which space is conceptualised is of fundamental importance. It matters” Massey, 2006:89 “as people seem to be increasingly mobile, and their social relations and other everyday experiences are increasingly disembedded from physical locations... social theorists are [becoming] sceptical about the importance of [traditional notions of] place” Gustafson, 2001:668
  • 3. Are places are carved out ‘permanences’ or ‘pauses in processes’? “is essentially a static concept. If we see the world as process, constantly changing, we would not be able to develop any sense of place” Tuan, 1977:179 “persistent sameness and unity which allows [it] to be differentiated from others” Relph 1976:45 “recent years have witnessed a burgeoning work on ‘thinking space relationally’. According to its advocates, relational thinking challenges human geography by insisting on an open-ended, mobile, networked, and actor-centred geographic becoming” Jones, 2009:5 “all places are in a state of continuous change” Dovey, 2010:3
  • 4. The Surfed Wave as a Relational Place “concerns about the legitimacy of researching surf culture” Hill & Abbott, 2009:276 “a single wave is likely to be moulded by several forces: the local wind; a dominant, underlying swell; and, often, a weaker swell coming from a third direction” Raban, 1999:93
  • 5. “complex system of diverse intersecting mobilities” Sheller & Urry, 2004:6 “I got the board placed right, and at the right moment, too; but I missed the connection myself – The board struck the shore in three quarters of a second, without any cargo...” Twain, cited in Duane, 1996:20 “is this feeling of intense elation that ensnares a board rider. ...If one is stoked, they experience a fully embodied Feeling of satisfaction, joy, and pride. You will tingle from your head to your toes” Stokes, 2006:229/30
  • 6. Flow and the surfed wave “one’s skills are adequate to cope with the challenges at hand, in a goal-directed, rule-bound action system that provides clear clues as to how well one is performing. Concentration is so intense that there is no attention left over to think about anything irrelevant, or to worry about problems. Self-consciousness disappears and the sense of time becomes distorted” Csíkszentmihályi, 1990:71
  • 7.
  • 8. Surfed Wave as Assemblage “In the most general sense an 'assemblage' is a whole 'whose properties emerge from the interactions between parts' (Delanda 2006: 5). ...The parts of an assemblage are contingent rather than necessary, they are aggregated... ; as in a 'machine' they can be taken out and used in other assemblages” Dovey, 2010:16
  • 9. The assembled surfer: “genetics, neurophysiology, tools (surfboard, wetsuit, wax), life history, personal dispositions, encultured narratives from the surfing subculture and media, and so on” Ford & Brown, 2006:162 “I love being in the water, total relaxation & clears your mind. Big waves are a good test – you have to commit or get a pasting! I enjoy the rush I get from sticking a new manoeuvre that I have been trying for a while or taking a big bomb or a nice deep dark pit”.
  • 10. The surfed wave as convergence “…the ideal of merging with the medium… of a now-expiring-and-never-to-exist-on-this-planet-again miracle” Duane, 1996:66, my emphasis “I love the feeling of being in the sea and of riding a wave. I love the sea and so being able to spend time in it, and be one with sea is fantastic” Interview Respondent, their emphasis   “It provides a unique way of enjoying myself that is intimately connected to nature” Interview Respondent, my emphasis
  • 11. “there appears to be a disorientation in time and space where the surfer temporarily loses perception of all external boundaries. There is an intensive and emotional reaction felt by the rush of adrenalin to the muscles, with the resultant feeling of emotional catharsis and the joyful sensation of having been so close in union with the ocean” Scheilbel, 1995:356 “I am sitting waiting there, With each rise and fall unblinking stare, I disappear and sense the motion, Close your eyes, become the Ocean” Poem written by Questionnaire Respondent
  • 12. “Whenever I tried to pin down what this 'at oneness' felt like, one particular moment in the surf always came to mind. ...I remember the water swelling beneath me and how I was perfectly in tune with its rhythm. I remember a surge of energy lifting me high above the hollowing water, the thickness of the shoulder, the glowing, desert-like appearance of the shore. Above all, I remember the instant at the top of the wave, just as I rose to my feet to 'take the drop', poised on the brink with the weight of the inrushing ocean behind me and the wave unfurling beneath me. The spool of my memories always froze at this last split second of clarity and separateness before the screaming descent where mind, body and wave became one....” Capp 2004:11/86
  • 13.
  • 14. Conclusion “flows and connections within which things are continuously (re)constituted” Braun, 2004:171 “convergence fuse[s] thresholds”. Thomas, 2007:25, the thresholds between subject and object, surfer and wave, are fused to make a coalesced, unitary entity/process Can these and other relational places provide ‘stable’ roots/routes to identity projects for better collective futures?