Surfing into Spirituality and a New, Aquatic Nature Religion

  title={Surfing into Spirituality and a New, Aquatic Nature Religion},
  author={Bron Taylor},
  journal={Journal of the American Academy of Religion},
  pages={923 - 951}
  • Bron Taylor
  • Published 1 December 2007
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of the American Academy of Religion
"Soul surfers" consider surfing to be a profoundly meaningful practice that brings physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits. They generally agree on where surfing initially developed, that it assumed a religious character, was suppressed for religious reasons, has been undergoing a revival, and enjoins reverence for and protection of nature. This subset of the global surfing community should be understood as a new religious movement—a globalizing, hybridized, and increasingly influential… 

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