State University Channel Islands
105. ZEN OF SURFING
Instructors: Jack Reilly and Matthew Furmanski
Zen state culminates in the ride, on the wave,
where all natural elements and human senses
fuse into a spontanious transformation of
(no) consciousness, experienced in an absolute
Description: Zen of Surfing
into the physiological and psychological benefits
that result from human interaction with forces
of nature. Students develop an increased understanding
of the ocean and complex dynamics that underlie
the sport of surfing. The interrelationship
between physical activity and personal aesthetics
are explored through surfing and related activities.
Two hours per week. GE: Section E
Course Objectives and Outcomes
class lectures, physical training and surfing
activities, students will:
aspects of natural forces and participate
in harmonious existence with the physical
motor skills, coordination and strength
related to the sport of surfing.
Zen principles and experience peace of mind
through the combination of physical activity
increased balance and agility through surfing
a sense of community and appreciation for
self-confidence as they improve as surfers
and increase physical skills and coordination.
the natural environment through participation
in scheduled surfing activities.
an understanding of the importance of the
interrelationship between the forces of
nature and the human condition.
class presentations, field trips, movies,
physical recreation and surfing activities,
the following topics will be covered:
of surfboards and equipment
training and coordination exercises
rules and etiquette
sources of surf
meditation techniques and breathing exercises
and contemporary surfing culture
images, icons and legends
films and music
surf spots of the world
duck diving and wave survival
surfing vs. competitive surfing
methods and styles
benefits of surfing
benefits of surfing
Students participate in training for physical
strength, coordination and skill development
through scheduled exercise and surfing activities.
Midterm and final exams are based on information
from class discussions, activities and the text
class participation, effort and general
in physical activities and surfing sessions
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Paul & Peck Peter. Surf
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Hatherleigh Press, 2001
Jay & Gllagher Chris.
The Ultimate Guide to Surfing.
Harper Collins Publishers,
K.; Quinby, K.; Lopez, G. The
Zen of Oceans and Surfing: Wit, Wisdom and
Inspiration. Skipstone Press,
Rocky. Fit to
Surf. Emerson Publishing Company
Inside. North Point Press, 1997
Greg . Zen and
the Art of Surfing (short stories).
Julian Paz Publishing, 2008
Glass, Manzanita Press, 1993