student organizations included career-oriented clubs such as
the Pre-Med Society, and clubs representing specific nations
like the Swedish Student Organization. Other clubs, like the
Hiking Club, the Dive Club, and the Surf Club met a unique
criterion of being more than a place for people to advance
their social or economic status.
Members of the Surf Club surf every day and schedules one or
two club events per month for all members. These might be a beach
cleanup day where club members pick up trash left on the beach
or a field trip to a professional surfing event happening here
The Surf Club brings together people of different skill levels
who enjoy surfing,” said HPU junior and Surf Club member
Elise Freeman.” As Hawai‘i is one of the surfing
capitals of the world, there are few better places to have a
club like this,” she added.
The Surf Club takes people that wouldn’t normally get together
or surf, and unites them with the common interest in surfing. “We
take [learners and new surfers] down to Waikiki to surf. There
people can rent boards and learn to surf on some of the smaller
waves,” said Colin Gibson, an HPU graduate student.
People can do more than surf in the Surf Club, Gibson added. “The
Surf Club involves everything to do with the ocean.” Members
can body surf or skim board as they please. (A skim board is
a thin, hard board under three feet long used to ride the shore
breaks.) The purpose of the club is not only to get more people
involved with surfing but to have fun and to be mindful of the
ocean and one’s surroundings, he explained.
Unlike some other clubs, the Surf Club doesn’t pressure
its members to do anything more than be a mindful surfer and
to respect the surf community. This last means being aware of
other surfers in the water, avoiding rude or discourteous behavior,
and allowing local surfers priority over their local break because
conflicts and confrontations may occur if surfers act inappropriately.
The club has no political, religious, or social agenda. It won’t
pressure members to get involved with specific careers or participate
in networking activities. Instead, the Surf Club helps people
who may be new to the sport explore surfing and what it means
to be a surfer as well as improving surfing skills.
The Surf Club charges no membership fee. The only cost members
would have to cover is renting a board if they don’t already
have one. The Surf Club offers no specific timeframes for lessons;
nevertheless, members support and help each other build individual
Austin Tubbs, an HPU senior, club officer, and two-year Surf Club veteran said
his favorite thing about the club is “to show people who don’t know
much about surfing what surfing is all about.” Tubbs has been surfing for
six years, and this is his third year surfing in Hawai‘i.
The Surf Club booth was busy as students of all athletic abilities and backgrounds
checked out the sport and signed up on the e-mail list.
We probably have the largest number of signups of any of the clubs,” said
Tubbs, pointing to a list of more than 100 names.
Students who would like to join the Surf Club, get a copy of the schedule, or
get on the e-mail list, can e-mail Tubbs at firstname.lastname@example.org.