Center for Surf Research – Splinters – Dr. Jess Ponting
DTL — Surf talk radio with Jeff Baldwin and Scott Bass it is Jan 29, 2012
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in-studio today Dr Jess Ponting of SDSU Center for Surf Research ?
Splinters is the first feature-length documentary film about the evolution of indigenous surfing in the developing nation of Papua New Guinea. In the 1980s an intrepid Australian pilot left behind a surfboard in the seaside village of Vanimo. Twenty years on, surfing is not only a pillar of village life but also a means to prestige. With no access to economic or educational advancement, let alone running water and power, village life is hermetic. A spot on the Papua New Guinea national surfing team is the way to see the wider world; the only way.
Welcome Dr Jess Ponting
The Dr. filmed some of the documentary film SPLINTERS; which I watched, great doco, and we’ll chat with Dr Ponting about the film and about his SDSU Center for Surf Research
Adam Wright. solspot.com surf report –
Emails – Just a point to Scott Bass’s assertion that the Shoot Out and Pipe Pro get as much coverage as the Pipe Masters. Not even close. Not by a long shot! The Shoot Out got good coverage in the surf media because they got good surf. However, no webcast, virtually no mainstream media coverage. The Pipe Masters had over 13 Million web viewers with nearly 2 Million unique viewers on the final day! Not to mention the Time Warner coverage with over a quarter of the population of Hawaii watching it and estimate over one million watching on the mainland! So, to even compare the two is not in the same league. — Randy Rarick
Dr. Jess Ponting:
Center for Search Research, I think what you’re doing is badass and people need to know about it.
the film Splinters :
Please summarize the movie and the main themes that are explored.
1) Westernized Competition. Is it a good thing for this remote village.
Surfing is not a traditional sport. It is an activity, the difference being anything that is subjectively judged is not a true sport.
2) What does our need to compete against one another, and have a subset of surfers/judges tell us how good or bad our performance was on the waves say about us?
Surfing’s depth comes from riding waves which includes communing with nature, putting yourself directly into the food chain, and the challenges that arise organically from the act itself, wave judgment, etc.
3) Interestingly western competition acts as a liberating force for the women of the PNG village.
Lesley is one of the woman surfers. She views the competition as a way out, she states at one point: “I want the surf industry to rescue me from the village.”
A commonality between the west and the village: Responsibility toward the village and more singularly toward the family or clan was neglected for surfings sake?
Made me feel somewhat vindicated for lifelong obsession / neglect.
Themes: family, work, marriage, ego, west as a savior.
Grass is always greener, a romantic view that I had a young surfer is tropical island setting with out the concrete jungle, the urban setting, the ideal of perfect littel island with simple needs and good waves. Perfecto.
SD premiere of SPLINTERS
* Tickets are available on the film’s website http://www.splintersmovie.com , click on San Diego date
* Open Bar hosted by Peligroso Tequila
* Josh Hall, a local surfboard shaper is hosting a live board shaping around 4, before the show, then also raffling off a 5’5 Lis/Frye inspired Keel Fin Fish with Hand foiled wood fins via ticket admittance stub (read: you don’t need to buy another raffle ticket)
* Show starts at 6:30
* All ages
* Street parking
* At Bird’s Surf Shed on February 11th
SDSU Center for Surf Research – Phd Dr. Jess Ponting
What was your doctorate thesis about? Who / What academic department head did you present to?
Facilitating sustainability in surf tourism through research. Creating life changing study abroad opportunities. Forming partnerships with industry and non-profits for positive change.
10th annual surfing, arts, sciences & issues conference: Surfing’s New Aloha: The Growing Trend of Giving Back
WHEN: Friday February 10, 2012 7:00PM – 9:00PM & Saturday, February 11, 2012 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
WHERE: San Diego State University’s Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center
San Diego State University, 5210 55th Street, San Diego, CA
RSVP: To register click here http://www.cvent.com/d/9cqk1r/4W.
Recently surf companies and professional surfers have added a new dimension to the world of riding waves. The spirit of giving as embodied by Duke Kahanamoku is growing through corporate philanthropy. Growing numbers of professional surfers are making significant efforts to give back to the sport that has been so good to them and the communities that support them.
In order to make “significant efforts towards taking personal responsibility for a better future for surfing.” Center for Surf Research must define what it deems as a better future for surfing? What is best for surfing? For instance, when you visit remote villages, maybe you do not leave behind surfboards?
99% of giving back is sincere, do you think we have reached a point where surf companies have to give back, it’s simply part of Marketing 101. Greenwashing type of thing?
Center for Surf Research: Stuff I’d like to see studied…
1) So Cal surf population: When do we reach “unsustainable”? What number of surfers is too many? Is there a point when there are just too many of us in the water?
2) Concept of a leash-less surf population? Is this a bad thing? I’m prepared to go leash-less for a year, to act as a participant / observer.
3) I have a theory about driving to go surfing. I believe you should never show up with other surfers. Just show up by yourself. What do you think about this?
Duke didn’t wear a leash.