Nicaragua, Doing What You Love, and the History of Surfing with Jason Old

Environmental Professionals Radio (EPR)

Jan 12 2024 • 54 mins

Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick!

On today’s episode, we talk with Dr. Jason Old, Historian of twentieth- and twenty-first century US and Latin American history about Nicaragua, Doing What You Love, and the History of Surfing.  Read his full bio below.

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Showtimes:
3:10  Nic & Laura discuss a pending trip to Costa Rica
9:52 Interview with Dr. Jason Old starts
13:50 History of Surfing
17:31Nicaragua
23:28 Doing what you love
34:36 Field Notes



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Connect with Jason Old at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonold/

Guest Bio:
Dr. Jason Old is a historian of twentieth- and twenty-first century US and Latin American history. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of South Florida. His research centers around the cultural and economic impacts of surfing and surf tourism in the Tola Municipality of southwestern Nicaragua.

Jason’s research has three principal aims: First, to show how external conditions created an economic framework conducive to buying property and developing this part of Nicaragua. Second, to explain the inextricable link between surfing and Tola's evolution from a rural coastal periphery to an international tourism hotspot. Third, to track the proliferation of a robust surfing subculture among the rural residents along the coast and its evolution into a Nicaraguan national sport as a result of these cultural and economic changes.

In addition to his scholarly work, Jason Old is the host of "The Surfing Historian" podcast, which brings together international scholars from an eclectic range of academic fields to share their most recent research.

Music Credits
Intro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace Mesa
Outro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs Muller

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