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Cowabunga!: The Complete Book of Surfing

Cowabunga!: The Complete Book of Surfing

by Lee Wardlaw

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Gr 7-12-- A comprehensive introduction to the sport that starts with the first Polynesian surfers and ends with a look at new technologies. In between, Wardlaw discusses past and present heroes, the progression of board design, surfing culture, early entrepreneurs, and the process of making a modern surfboard. Other chapters offer valuable tips, from surfing etiquette to avoiding shark attacks. Women are included, from the legend of Kelea, the surfing princess, to recent female champions, such as Frieda Zamba. The only thing this book does not do is provide step-by-step instruction; this is not a how-to guide. Most of the photos are in black and white, but there is an eight-page full-color insert. One photo shows a Hawaiian surfer and his family, taken in the 1890s. The appendixes offer valuable, detailed information on various amateur and professional organizations, surfing clubs, camps, and museums. The glossary has a lot of surfer slang, but the Polynesian terms used throughout are explained in context. Another minor problem is the inconsistent paragraph indentation. Otherwise, a useful resource for both veterans and beginners. --George Delalis, Oakland Public Library, CA Byrd: Pls send 4 galleys, one waxy and one repro to Production. (Adult Books for Young Adults)

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