SPOR07044 2016 Surfing

General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
75 %
Subject Area
SPOR - Sport/Rec/Leisure
MRKT - Marketing, Tourism and Leisure
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Kerry Larkin
Programme Membership
SG_BAPPL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Business in Applied Sport with Business SG_BSPOR_H08 201900 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Sport with Business

Particular reference is paid to the Northwest of Ireland and its world class natural surfing resource.  Exploration 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. Career pathways within the field are examined.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Appreciate historical, technical and cultural concepts related to the sport of surfing.


Analyse oceanographic and meteorological forces which impact upon the sport of surfing


Develop motor skills, coordination and strength related to the sport of surfing.


Understand trends and best practice within the surfing indusrty 


Critque the role surfing can play in an individuals holistic development


Appreciate the natural environment through participation in scheduled surfing activities.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Fundamental concepts are introduced and illustrated through lectures. The understanding of students is tested and further enhanced through student centred learning exercises and interactive tutorial sessions. Capturing the stories from key stakeholders will further enhance Learning. The application of theory to practice is facilitated through surfing based field experience.

Module Assessment Strategies

  • Logbook describe learning in all practical sessions
  • Written Assignment on an issue which has application to the local surfing enviornment
  • Presentation of Written Work
  • Practical Assessment of teaching points
  • Final Examination of theory

Repeat Assessments

  • The module has a practical and a theoretical component.
  • Both theory and practice must be passed to meet the learning outcomes
  • Students must receive a minimum grade of 40% in both components to pass.
  • Failed components will be repeated.

Module Dependencies

SPOR06011 200900 Swimming 3

Indicative Syllabus

Definitions, Concepts and Equipment

  • Examine the history of surfing nationally and internationally
  • Relate the evolution of surfboards and equipment to surfing today
  • Describe surfing rules and etiquette
  • Examine the processes involved in the formation of swell
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure of surf clubs and the Irish Surf Association

Surfing Culture

  • Illustrate how the surfing industry uses surf culture as a commercial device
  • Inspect the use of surfing images, icons and legends
  • Describe the effect surf music surf films have on modern surf culture
  • Identify the great and influential surfers of the world
  • Identify what makes a great spot from an poor surf spot
  • Debate Irelands location as a great surf spot
  • Examine the difference between soul surfing vs. competitive surfing
  • Use meditation techniques and breathing exercises 

Practical Training

Water Based Training

  • Explain and apply both surfing and general ocean safety 
  • Employ physical training and coordination exercises
  • Demonstrate basic surfing technique 
  • Demonstrate paddling, duck diving and wave survival
  • Recognise advanced methods and styles
  • Describe the physical benefits of surfing
  • Describe the mental benefits of surfing

Land Based Surf Instruction

  • Fitness components of surfing
  • Surfer Health
  • Fitness Training for surfing
  • Circuit training for surfing
  • Video analysis

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Reflective Logbook Continuous Assessment Individual Project 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam 50 Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Semester 1,2,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Theory 1 Weekly 1.00
Practical Offsite Water Based Instruction 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2011-11-18 Surf Better: complete surfing program CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN 1466412402 ISBN-13 9781466412408

2015 Edition: v.2.0, revised, expanded and improved. Longboard + Shortboard, with new images and detailed explanations. Includes detailed Shortboard section* with multiple images and analysis of common moves including off-the-lip and aerials, plus common errors to avoid.
New information, additional graphics, more detailed explanations.
New layout for easier reading (and Kindle viewing).
*For an all-shortboard experience try the DVD: Surf Better - Shortboard in both Regular and Goofy-foot editions.

Surf Better is a must-have book for surfers, ocean-goers and anyone looking for a simple, effective way to get in shape and stay there. A complete surfing program including fitness, tactics and techniques, wave knowledge, and more. Fully illustrated.
Instructional surfing photos
Surfing technique and check list
Dry Land Surf School with workouts and agility drills
Understanding waves and swell direction
Surfing a new break
How to read waves, rips and boils
Using tides and currents.

Preparation and Takeoff Getting pitched, pearling: waves & tactics Takeoff tips Dealing with Backwash Turns Shortboard Action: Turns, Off-the-lip/foam, Air Turning: Arm, Shoulder and Upper-body Action Outside arm snap Form Follows Function Turning off of the Foam Turn or Snap off the Lip Off the lip/Snapback: step by step details Off the Lip and Air Getting Air Common Errors Foot Position Frontside vs. Backside Cross-stepping and Nose riding Technical Practice Checklist Leash Management and the Houdini Moment

Sea, swell and waves - Wave formation and propagation How waves travel How fast do waves move? What defines deep water and shallow water? Ocean facts

Swell direction and the "magic number" - Tides - Wave refraction and Island wave shadows - The effects of wind How waves behave in shallow water - Interpreting swell information Understanding size vs. power Using reef boils Using currents

Full flexibility, agility and surf simulation section with dozens of exercises and workout packages.

then he floated an "Off the lip, center my ass by bringing my board back under me recovery"pretty awesome move and proof that his book is working.

NOTE on the images

Some readers have expressed dissatisfaction that the images in the book are black and white, not full color. Using color images in the print edition would have required a price of $40 or $50 per book just to break even. Clearly this was not an option. (The images in the Kindle edition are all the original full color.)

There have also been some comments about the quality of the images. One problem is that printing on glossy or semi-gloss paper (which would have preserved the image quality) would also raise the cost to a prohibitive level. Again, the images in the Kindle edition look better than those in the print edition because there is no issue of paper quality.

The other problem is that the best image in terms of quality is not always the best image to illustrate the point at hand. Taking good surf pictures is really pretty easy (shoot at 7 to 12fps and youre guaranteed to capture some great moments), but getting a good, clear image to illustrate a particular point, with the surfers foot or arm or body in exactly the position you want to discuss, is amazingly hard. For the purposes of this book, sometimes demonstrating the point had to take precedence over maximum quality.

Recommended Reading
2011-05-01 The Complete Guide to Surf Fitness: The Definitive Guide to Surf Training Whatever Your Level Orca Publications LTD, UK
ISBN 0952364662 ISBN-13 9780952364665

The Complete Guide To Surf Fitness brings together all the latest knowledge and techniques to offer a complete training program for beginners to pro's. Illustrated with more than 150 annotated photos and inspiring surf images, the guide covers everything from stretching and flexibility exercises to core strength, resistance training and plyometrics. Also covered is the use of exercise equipment such as Swiss balls, Indo boards and Bosu balls as well as a swimming program and tips for young surfers. Theres no need to join a gym as all the exercises can be done at home.

Recommended Reading
2011-06-21 Surf Survival: The Surfer's Health Handbook Skyhorse Publishing
ISBN 1616083182 ISBN-13 9781616083182

Whether youre a novice or an expert, Surf Survival is the handbook every surfer must have in his or her backpack, car, and beach house. With a slick waterproof cover and a handy travel-size format, Surf Survival explains everything from what to do about a jellyfish sting to what to eat for maximum energy out on the water. Also included are lists of common surfing hazards by region and wave science warm-ups, as well as detailed checklists of what to have on hand in case of an emergency. Be prepared for anything, whether youre surfing a crowded beach in California or a remote island in Indonesia. Written and compiled by three expert surfers and sports medicine doctors, this full-color guide is a handy must-have reference tool for every surfer.

Recommended Reading
2014-03-31 Surf Science: An Introduction to Waves for Surfing, 3rd Ed. Univ Hawaii Pr
ISBN 0824839544 ISBN-13 9780824839543

Have you ever wondered where waves come from? What makes every one different, why some peel nicely and others just close out? Why, some days, waves come in sets of six and others in sets of three, and what factors affect the behavior of a surfing break? If you have, this book is for you.

Now in its third edition, Surf Science is the first book to talk in depth about the science of waves from a surfer's point of view. It fills the gap between surfing books and waves textbooks and will help you learn how to predict surf. You don't need a scientific background to read it--just curiosity and a fascination for waves.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Core Text






The History of Surfing

Matt Warshaw

Chronicle Books


Surfing: Mastering Waves from Basic to Intermediate

Elliott Almond

Mountaineers Books


The Encyclopedia of Surfing

Matt Warshaw William Finnegan

Mariner Books


Surf Flex: Flexibility, Yoga, for Surfing

Frediani, Paul & Peck Peter

Hatherleigh Press



The Ultimate Guide to Surfing

Moriarity, Jay & Gllagher Chris

Harper Collins Pub.



Surfer's Start-Up: A Beginners Guide to Surfing


Werner, Doug

Tracks Publishing



Other Resources

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