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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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