Autores: David P. R. Catela 1, Vitor M. A. Milheiro 2 e Henrique M. P. O. Frazão 2


1 Motricity Sciences PhD, Child Motor Development MSc, Life Quality Research Centre (CIEQV), Portugal; Research Unity of the Polytechnique Institute of Santarém, Portugal;
2 Sport Sciences MSc; Higher School of Sports Sciences of Rio Maior, Polytechnique Institute of Santarém, Portugal




Body techniques require the embodiment of pre-reflective principles and are constrained by the physical and functional properties of the instrument used. Nicknames miniaturize particular characteristics because it is an intentional way of representing a distinct identity and of adding humor. Surfers and bodyboarders share same natural space, with different instruments and body techniques. The purpose of this was to detect if reciprocal nicknames attributions reflect cultural differences, based on respective identitary body techniques. Materials and Methods: Non-experimental descriptive study, with a convenient sample of 31 surfers, 10 bodyboarders, and 8 surfers and bodyboarders, aged between 13 and 38 years old, with a practice experience between 1 and 25 years, with a structured survey with opened questions. Results: Results sustain the hypothesis that nicknames are systematic and follow a pattern, being humouristically formed and reformed relative to the topology of the bodyboarders’ body techniques and of the surfers’instrument. Conclusion: Reciprocal nicknames attributed among Portuguese surfers and bodyboarders seem to crystalize interrelated semiotic processes (instruments, actions, and identities) of the residential whole of these surfing cultures, through masked protective and social terms, expressing a context of coexistence and playfulness, predominantly based on body techniques topology.

Keywords: Body Techniques, Metaphor, Nicknames, Surf, Bodyboard


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