Surfistas Locales: Transnationalism and the Construction of Surfer Identity in Nicaragua

Lindsay E. Usher, Deborah Kerstetter

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Surfers have created their own subculture, which has been associated with concepts such as environmentalism, masculinity, place, and nonconformity, yet the increasing global reach of their sport has created transnational surf communities that bring into question the definition of what it means to be a “local” surfer. This ethnographic study examines identity construction in local Nicaraguan surfers, the ways in which their subculture has formed within a transnational context, how they accept/reject resident foreign surfers, and how foreign surfers see themselves in Nicaragua’s globalized surf space. The findings indicate that Nicaraguan surfers have formed their own local surf subculture from globalized influences, and determining whether foreigners are accepted or rejected from this subculture depends on a complex set of factors related to their relationship with local surfers and the local indigenous community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-479
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Sport and Social Issues
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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