Way of the Surfer: Living It, 1935 to Tomorrow

Way of the Surfer: Living It, 1935 to Tomorrow

by Drew Kampion, Richard Olsen
     
 
Beautifully illustrated with color-drenched photography of exotic surfing paradises around the world, this gorgeous volume by legendary surf writer Drew Kampion is the ultimate lifestyle guide to a sport that has in the last few years virtually exploded onto the pop-culture scene. No one is more qualified than Kampion, the dean of surf scribes and former Surfer

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Beautifully illustrated with color-drenched photography of exotic surfing paradises around the world, this gorgeous volume by legendary surf writer Drew Kampion is the ultimate lifestyle guide to a sport that has in the last few years virtually exploded onto the pop-culture scene. No one is more qualified than Kampion, the dean of surf scribes and former Surfer magazine editor-in-chief, to capture the irresistible lure of the sport for the nation's 1,736,000-plus surfers.Kampion's new book is a short history of surfing worldwide and a portrait of 11 of the most important surfers ever. From Surfer magazine founder John Severson, Australia's national hero Nat Young, and Hawaiian surf guru Gerry Lopez, to the most popular and accomplished surfers of today, Lisa Andersen and Kelly Slater, Kampion spends time with the sport's biggest stars, who share the highs they have experienced, as well as the transforming, sometimes profound, life lessons they have learned. More than any other book, The Way of the Surfer successfully conveys surfing's appeal for men and women of all ages—and why, for so many surfers, riding the waves has become a way of life and a symbol of personal freedom and individual expression.

Author Bio: Drew Kampion is a former editor of Surfer, Surfing, Wind Surf, and Wind Tracks magazines and former associate editor of New Age Journal. The author of two previous books on the sport, he regularly contributes articles to The Surfer's Journal, LongBoard, Adrenalin, The Surfer's Path, and other magazines. He lives with his family on Whidbey Island, WA.

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VOYA
This large coffee-table-style volume is not an instructional manual for surfers. Rather, it is a collective biography-cum-history-cum-paean to the sport and to those who first made it popular. Kampion, a former editor of several different surfing magazines, including Surfer and Surfing at different times from the late 1960s to early 1980s, and the author of several books about the sport, is obviously an aficionado. Although there are many lovely scenic photographs, most are of surfing "pioneers," such as Woody Brown, Nat Young, and of course, the real "Gidget." It is also a text-laden tome, in which the author writes lyrically about the "zen" of surfing and the attitudes and philosophies of those involved. Few surfing terms are explained, unless they are uncommon even in surfing circles. There is no glossary; no diagrams; no timeline. This book is not for the novice unless one is writing a partially biographical report. Rather it is aimed at those who love the sport already and would like to know more about its early years. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2003, Harry N. Abrams, 192p.; Index. Photos. Further Reading., PLB. Ages 15 to Adult.
—Marlyn Roberts
Library Journal - Library Journal
Kampion, a former editor of Surfer and the author of two other surfing books, has written a colorful salute to the history of surfing, focusing on long biographical profiles of 11 greats of the sport, including recent stars Lisa Andersen and Kelly Slater. The format features first a chapter introducing a surfing concept, such as competition, board sculpting, and surf culture, followed by a profile of someone who embodies that concept. While the book contains great historical photos and newer, bold colorful images, it is not just a collection of pictures. The text contains essays that read more like long poems in tribute to surfing, which one will want to read slowly and enjoy. Recommended for large sports collections and for public libraries where surfing is popular.-Christina Hennessey, Loyola Marymount Univ. Lib., Los Angeles Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810946385
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 10.37(h) x 0.75(d)

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