Jeremy Lemarie

PhD Candidate

Jérémy Lemarié grew up in the west suburb of Paris where he skated during his teenagehood. At the age of seventeen, he began surfing the Atlantic Ocean in Brittanny, Island of Oleron, and in the Aquitain Basin. He also surfed in Spain, Asturias and Galicia during school breaks. His education has been undertaken at the Paris West University Nanterre La Défense where is received two B.A. in sociology and history. He became involved into surf tourism when working on his M.A. in sociology and his magister in historical and social sciences. Through an exchange program with the California State University of Long Beach, he conducted fieldwork on the commodification of surfing in Huntington Beach in 2009-2010 with a focus on coastal development, sustainability, urban and environmental sociology. Subsequently, he came back in France as a lecturer in political sociology and ethnographic research methods. Under the joint supervision of Anne Raulin and Jonathan Friedman, he is currently a Ph.D. student at the Paris West University and a visiting graduate student in the anthropology department of the University of California San Diego. Working in sociocultural anthropology, his research interests deal with both indigenous and Western representation of surfing since Captain Cook’s discovery of Hawaii in 1778. With a focus on mores, sensibilities and representations he studies interactions between human and nature using concepts of ‘reenchantment’ and ‘oceanic feeling’ to understand sustainable management of natural resources. Finally, he works on surf tourism through the lens of cross-cultural diffusion between indigenous and non-natives.