essay ​The World in the Curl​

Required Texts Needed to Write This Essay

  • See Chapter 3 (“The Dark Side of Paradise”) and Chapter 13 (“Women and Surfing”) of The World in the Curl by Westwick and Neushul.
  • My Canvas web resources on women surfers today: Weisberg’s “For Female Surfers, Challenges Out of the Water,” and videos of Roxy Pro Biarritz 2013 ad as well as Carvalho’s video Stephanie Gilmore – Inspiring.

In your introductory paragraph: (Should only be one paragraph long and no longer than half a page.) Summarize some of the historical events that led more U.S. girls and women to participate in sports, including surfing.

In your thesis answer the following question:

Discuss two similar challenges faced by today’s professional women surfers (post-1990’s) and their predecessors (pre-1990’s).

In your body paragraphs, make sure to

  • Provide quotations from Chapters 3 and / or 13 of The World in the Curl.

  • Support your discussion of women surfers today by describing specific scenes in the online videos and or web site articles I have provided you on today’s women surfers.

  • Optional: If you want to add your own research sources on women surfers today, please make sure your sources are reputable and add a MLA style Works Cited page to your essay. No Works Cited page is needed if you do not add any additional sources besides the ones I have provided.
  • Make sure to follow up all quotations with a 4-5 sentence explanation of how they support your topic sentence claim.


1) Thesis formation: The thesis should subdivide into the same number of points as your total number of body paragraphs. If you have two body paragraphs, your thesis would subdivide into two points. Thesis needs to be the last sentence of your introduction. The thesis should fully answer the essay question. It should also be specific, concise, and arguable.

2) Body Paragraph Organization and Unity: Each body paragraph should discussion one idea that supports the thesis; in other words, body paragraphs should not repeat ideas from previous paragraphs and should not contain more than one main idea.

3) Topic Sentences: Each body paragraph must begin with a topic sentence that tells the reader which thesis idea that paragraph will be about.

4) Concluding Sentences: Each body paragraph should end with a concluding sentence that restates topic sentence main ideas and adds supportive reasoning. The goal is to summarize the main examples you covered in that body paragraph.

5) Quotations: You will need to support any assertions you make with a discussion of quotations from the texts assigned. All quotations should have an introductory phrase and should use the following MLA format: Westwick and Neushul write, “XX” (24).

6) Quotation Analysis: All quotations should be followed by 4-5 or more sentences that provide a detailed explanation of how the quotation supports your body paragraph’s main idea.

7) Title: Divided into two parts separated by a colon. Centered. Double-spaced like your heading and the rest of your paper. Capitalize all key words. Should be a fragment. Not underlined or in boldface. No period at the end of the title. Your title should not just copy the title of this essay prompt or the title of the readings. Example:

Surfing Topic: Your Two Thesis Ideas

8) Conclusion: A place for you to summarize your thesis and add any last reflections on your topic. Should be no longer than half of a page.

9) Essay formatting: Use MLA format. For help, see Purdue University OWL website and click on the MLA section.

10) Number of Paragraphs: In order to pass, your essay must have an introduction that ends in a thesis statement, two body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

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