Australia seems to be a country with an endless amount of interesting things. Here’s another from the land down under: “a journal of literature, history and ideas for surfers.” When the journal “Kurungabaa” was originally conceived, someone cleverly quipped, “Do surfers read?” Well, not only do they read, they also write very intelligently and compellingly. We already knew they took amazing photographs and filmed gorgeous movies.

But this isn’t just a journal for surfers. It’s for anyone with an interest in the ocean, its shores and the cultures and customs that have grown up around them all across the globe. Although it’s still feeling out its identity (as it’s only on its third issue), the journal is socially and environmentally conscious. Printed on recycled paper, it’s a non-profit publication supported by subscribers and donors. The editors, all surfers of course, also have scholarly backgrounds. Alex Leonard, in fact, received his PhD in Anthropology for a thesis on surf culture and history in Bali, and Clifton Evers his PhD in Gender Studies for a thesis on surfing and masculinity.

As the masthead explains, “‘Kurungabaa’ is a Dharawal word for the Australian pelican, chosen out of admiration for that handsome bird with its peculiar way of gliding low over the waves.” Get yourself a copy and glide low over the text, artwork and beautiful photography. Its pages include diverse genres from essays to interviews, poetry to short stories. It is intelligent, thoughtful and satisfying. Submissions in that vein are also very welcome.

Website: www.kurungabaa.wordpress.com
Subscription & donation inquires:
Clifton Evers (+61) 02-9385-8531

Subscription rates (international):
$60 AUD (postage & handling incl.)
Single issue: $15 AUD (P&H calculated by region)

オーストラリアには楽しいことが溢れている。で、オーストラリアからもう一つ面白いものを紹介しよう。今回ご紹介するのは「サーファーのための情報誌」 季刊誌“Kurungabaa”が企画された時は「そもそもサーファーが活字を読むのか?」と皮肉る意見もあったが、実際にはサーファーたちは活字を読むだけでなく、読者にアピールする内容のある記事を書くようだ。彼らはこれまでも素晴らしい写真を撮っているし、素敵な映画も作っている。





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