Indigenous Knowledge and Surfer Identity in Nicaragua

“Riding the Waves of Change: Indigenous Knowledge and Identity of Local Surfers on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast,” a presentation by Lindsay Usher, PhD. candidate in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 20, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

The event is free and open to the public, and can also be viewed live online.

This presentation is based on an ethnographic study conducted in Las Salinas, an indigenous community partially sustaining itself through surf tourism, on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua.   It will explore the relationship between indigenous identity and surfer identity, and it will examine how indigenous surfers use local knowledge to negotiate the surf space as they find themselves having to share it with more tourists each year. Read the full story on Penn State Live.