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Water-based methods
Conducting (self) interviews at sea for a surfer’s view of surfing
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This chapter explores the watery and water-based method of (self) interviews at sea. Only a surfer knows the feeling, so the saying goes. In this chapter I document the process of designing and conducting an embodied, immersive (self) interviewing method in an attempt to obtain responses as close to the moment of experience as possible, to better understand this feeling and the motivations it creates. Involving a camera and a question sheet attached to a surfboard, this method draws from work on mobile methodologies and sensory ethnography utilising technology to generate audio and visual data from the perspective of the surfer. While the questions probe participants on specific topics, the place of the sea is used as an active prompt, providing insight into the movements and interactions of surfers as well as a chance for them to articulate thoughts and feelings in that moment. Through engagement in these watery encounters, this method offers a novel contribution to our understanding of human–water relations and offers future approaches for studying everyday relationships with the sea.

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