Now in paperback and updated to include forty new entries, this "leviathan of surf literature" (Surfing magazine) is a remarkable collection of expert knowledge, spine-tingling stories, and little-known trivia. With 1,500 alphabetical entries and 300 illustrations, The Encyclopedia of Surfing is the most comprehensive review of the people, places, events, equipment, vernacular, and lively history of this fascinating sport by "one of surfing's most knowledgeable historians" (San Francisco Chronicle).
Each year, the surf industry brings in $4.5 billion, and more than two-and-a-half million Americans, from California to Delaware, have caught the wave. The Encyclopedia of Surfing is a book that no surfer-or armchair adventurer-will be able to resist.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.93(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.57(d)|
About the Author
Matt Warshaw is the former editor of Surfer magazine and has been writing about surfing for more than twenty years. A surfer all his life, he competed professionally in the early eighties. Warshaw's articles have been published in the New York Times Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, and he is the author of several books on surfing. He lives in San Francisco.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I saw this book on a friends coffee table this weekend in San Diego, and I thought it as the coolest most amazing book I have ever read. I went out and bought it for my boyfriend the next day!
Christmas morning, 12:08, has never been so far away ;)
Just got the book yesterday and I've barely put it down. The book is enormous--there doesn't seem to be anything Warshaw hasn't covered. What is great about the book is that it not only does it have every fact you'd ever want to know about the sport, but the writing is so interesting that the facts really seem to come alive. Who'd ever thought that the history of surf wax could be so fascinating???
If you surf, there is now only one book that you must own. This has it all; everything and everyone connected to the sport written in both an informative and interesting way. You start reading one entry and pretty soon you've killed an hour or two and there's still tons more. I'm stoked.