OCN 260: Pacific Surf Science and Technology (3 credits)
Pacific Surf Science and Technology is a lecture-based course that showcases scientific and industry aspects of the surfing world for surfers and non-surfers. The course takes a scientific approach to understanding the natural processes that create and influence waves and surf conditions, while also introducing many ocean safety concepts relating to the environment and the popularity of ocean recreation. A weather and surf journal along with weekly campus field excursions dedicated to studying weather phenomena adds an essential experiential component to the course. (3 hours lecture)
Recommended Preparation: Ability to access information from the Internet.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Discuss the basic principles of meteorology, oceanography, and geology as they apply to the creation and shaping of waves and surf.
- Predict surf conditions using Internet web sites and local weather station reports.
- Compare and contrast past and present surfboard technology and production.
- Apply the principles of design, production, and retail marketing within surfing related industries.
- Assess the various multimedia applications related to surfing.
- Demonstrate water safety issues related to surfing.
- Apply the basic techniques of surfing.
- Maintain logs of weather and surf observations to use in future forecasts.
Degrees and Certificates
For transfer information within the UH system, visit the System Transfer page
- Fall 2013 - MW, 11:30am to 12:45pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 133, Ian Masterson - CRN: 64457 - view syllabus
- Fall 2011 - TR, 3:30pm to 4:45pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 133, Ian Masterson - CRN: 63377 - view syllabus
- Fall 2007 - TR, 3:00pm to 4:15pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 117, Ian Masterson - CRN: 61275
- Spring 2006 - TR, 3:00pm to 4:25pm, Hale ‘Imiloa 123, Ian Masterson - CRN: 61254