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ʻAkahi Masterson, AKA The Surf Professor, is an educator, an ocean
recreation specialist, a passionate nature lover, and a Hawaiian
cultural practitioner. Hailing from Koʻolaupoko, this Oʻahu surfer has
developed college courses in Surf Studies at the University of Hawaii's
Windward Community College and Hawaii Pacific University, and has
created and taught courses for Kamehameha Schools, Le Jardin Academy,
Hakipuʻu Learning Center, and Punahou School, where he specializes in
place-based, culture-based curriculum. Masterson's own research focuses
on surfing as a traditional Hawaiian cultural activity, one heavily
integrated into the daily and ritual lives of the Hawaiian people. As a
way to display and acquire mana, surfing was more than just a popular
sport to wager on, it was part of a greater poetic vision encoded with
environmental and cultural information. Join The Surf Professor in
exploring the true nature of Hawaiʻi's history and culture, through the
eyes of a surfer. Various educational resources will be posted on this site to encourage people to view surfing as a Hawaiian cultural activity.
you are coming to Oʻahu and want to learn more from the Surf Professor,
you may email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about a lesson,
surfing sites tour, or set up a long term mentoring/coaching
relationship. Learn not only how to approach the water safely, but also
gain a sense of the cultural importance of surfing places in ancient
Hawaiʻi. You will be stoked after a day with the Surf Professor...
Remember: Respect, Train Hard, and Believe!