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Seq II Artifact Response Surfboard

Seq II Artifact Response Surfboard - When surfing is...

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Student Sample Surfing English 134-69 Jan Zahn Seq II Artifact Response 15 October 2009 A Symbol in the Water Sleek and slender, yet wide and beefy; light in weight but cumbersome in shape. The deep red bottom overflows the top, engulfing the browning fiberglass. Bumps of sticky wax, smelling of cherry flavored lollipops, coats fat black letters spelling out ‘Behcrotean’ underneath a fat black cross on the surface. The red rocket, better known as my surfboard, is a symbol in today’s society. Surfboards in general are a symbol of a chosen path, a lifestyle with a profound connection to nature. The picture of the effortless action of paddling over, under, and through waves, out towards the horizon or in, chasing a wave, is painted in the minds of ‘passerbyers’ every time their eyes catch a glimpse of a surfboard, no matter the shape, size or color; the image is always the same. This symbol represents the classic stereotype of all surfers.
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Unformatted text preview: When surfing is mentioned, the image set before people’s eyes are the long, blonde hair, goofy grin splayed across the sun burnt but tanned face, eyes matching the ocean’s color, and a surfboard in one hand with the other gesturing the ‘surf’s up!’ This typical image is also coupled with Californians. Surfing is directly associated with California and California is directly associated with surfing in today’s society. According to this stereotype, if someone is from California, our society almost immediately assumes that that someone surfs. However, Noelle Garcia, my interviewee, lives in San Diego, CA and does not surf. She does not have blonde hair, blue eyes, or wear a goofy grin all the time. Noelle, thus, breaks this stereotype and hence, my surfboard disconnects her from the adopted depiction of a typical Californian....
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