Wonder and the sublime in surfing and nature sports

Daniel Brennan*

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    The article focuses on surfing to consider the attractiveness of using the sublime to describe experiences and emotions in nature sports. The sublime is shown to be a red herring in scholarship as it fails to account for many of the valuable experiences available to nature sports enthusiasts. The article draws on the work of Genevieve Lloyd to propose that wonder is a more suitable concept that gets to the heart not only of the terror and awe that nature can inspire, but also to the orientation towards our finitude, difference, and the stimulation of growth and practical knowledge that nature sports also inspire (and that are not accounted for in the sublime).
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-16
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of the Philosophy of Sport
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2024


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