Surfer's Start-Up: A Beginner's Guide to Surfing

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Recommended by the United States Surfing Federation as a book that every beginning surfer should read, this instructional guide details the basics of surfing gear, conditions, safety, etiquette, and history. Written by someone who went through the learning process, topics are covered with just enough detail to get the reader riding the waves quickly and safely. It teaches the beginner surfer the fundamentals of the sport; what to expect in the first days of learning; and how to cope with waves, learning ...

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Surfer's Start-Up: A Beginner's Guide to Surfing

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Overview

Recommended by the United States Surfing Federation as a book that every beginning surfer should read, this instructional guide details the basics of surfing gear, conditions, safety, etiquette, and history. Written by someone who went through the learning process, topics are covered with just enough detail to get the reader riding the waves quickly and safely. It teaches the beginner surfer the fundamentals of the sport; what to expect in the first days of learning; and how to cope with waves, learning frustrations, and crowds. This edition has been updated with the latest information on equipment, technique, and resources.

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Library Journal
This basic text provides a handy reference for those who need to learn about proper surfing technique and other fundamental information. Werner, an avid surfer from San Diego, manages to cover all the main points of the sport in its most elementary form. Chapters entitled ``Surfing Gear,'' ``The Right Waves,'' ``Before You Paddle Out,'' and ``Angling'' all get to the meat of the matter. The author then fills in the big picture by including a brief history of surfing after the lessons. A glossary of surfing terms, list of resources (magazines, organizations, etc.), and some thoughtful, useful illustrations complete the package. Werner generally eschews the cutesy surfin' safari lingo that often plagues books such as this. An inexpensive and possibly useful purchase for those libraries that discern a need in their collections.-- David M. Turkalo, Social Law Lib., Boston
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Gr 7 Up-This second edition of a standard instructional guide features new photographs, updated text, and a new and very extensive list of resources, including Web sites. Using a relaxed, casual approach that is entirely appropriate to the subject matter, Werner covers basic instruction, surfing gear, safety, etiquette, and history. In addition, there is a fairly detailed discussion of different types of waves and of localism, the tendency of regulars at a particular surfing spot to band together to drive away outsiders. Minimizing neither the inherent difficulty in learning the sport nor the potential dangers involved, the author provides a solid and at times inspirational guide. More of a "how to" book than for reports, the title's usefulness may be limited to those areas where the sport is actually practiced.-Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884654121
  • Publisher: Tracks Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Start-Up Sports Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 429,969
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Werner has been a surfer for over 25 years. He is the author of all nine books in the Start-Up series. He lives in San Diego, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    good start

    This book is really easy to read and gives the basics on how to start. I'd recommend giving it as a gift for someone who wants to start surfing on their own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2007

    If you want to succesfully learn how to surf- read this book!!!

    This book opens up the world of surfing to those that are trying to get their feet wet in the sport. I have been surfing for ten years now. Whenever someone mentions to me that they would like to learn how to surf, i always highly recommend this book as a prelude to heading out into the water. You simply will not find an easier to read and understand book about all the basics of surfing. It's also not a dry or boring book, there are references to all sorts of surfing culture, that you just don't find in other titles. This book also features plenty of real life photos that show you exactly how certain manuevers are supposed to be pulled off, so that you can better understand and picture what you're doing when you're actually in the water. this is a great book at a great price and i would whole heartedly recommend this book to anyone that wants to succesfully learn how to surf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2004

    not good book

    there book does not teach you how to surf, it will just make you want to spend money to try

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2003

    Recommended by me

    While looking for resources for learning to surf, I came across this book. It is very helpful and gives straightforward instruction. I recommend it for beginners.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2002

    This Book is Great for Beginners

    Hi Im Ashlee. I love to surf. The only thing was i didnt know how to... until i got this book. It tells you evberything you need to know. Enjoy!

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