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See below for a selection of the latest books from Surfing, windsurfing, water skiing category. Presented with a red border are the Surfing, windsurfing, water skiing books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Surfing, windsurfing, water skiing books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!
Use the power of a kite to glide over the water. This was the relatively simple idea of the Legaignoux brothers when, in the 1980s, these two men from Brittany-who were passionate about sailing-decided to create an inflatable kite. From the first drawings to commercial success, including numerous tests, prototypes and patents, they revolutionized how people kitesurfed. With contributions from the great names in water sports-Laird Hamilton, Mike Waltze, Laurent Ness, Don Montague, Franz Olry, Pete Cabrinha, Rob Douglas, Nicolas Parlier, Christophe Martin, Leif Leriche-this book tells the extraordinary story of the birth of a sport: kitesurfing.
Over the last forty years, surfing has emerged from its Pacific islands origins to become a global industry. Since its beginnings more than a thousand years ago, surfing's icon has been the surf- board-its essential instrument, the point of physical connection between human and nature, body and wave. Based on research in three important surfing locations-Hawai'i, southern California, and southeastern Australia-this is the first book to trace the surf- board from regional craft tradition to its key role in the billion-dollar surfing business. Hawai'i, California, and Australia are much more than sites of surfboard manufacturing. Their surfboard workshops are hives of creativity where legacies of rich cultural heritage and the local environment combine to produce unique, bold board designs customized to suit prevailing waves. The authors follow the story of board makers who have survived these challenges and explores the heritage of the craft, the secrets of custom board production, the role of local geography in shaping board styles, and the survival of hand-crafting skills. From the olo boards of ancient Hawaiian kahuna to the high- tech designs that represent the current state of the industry, Surfing Places, Surfboard Makers offers an entre?e into the world of surf- board making that will find an eager audience among researchers and students of Pacific culture, history, geography, and economics, as well as surfing enthusiasts.
Mindful Thoughts for Surfers explores how meditative a life on the surfboard can be. These 25 insightful musings will inspire beginners and experts alike. The heightened attention in surfing and the meditative nature of water facilitate the perfect opportunity to practise mindfulness. Sam Bleakley is an international longboard champion and advocate for all forms of waveriding. With an interest in Buddhism and Taoism, he discusses: Blue mindfulness - identifying with the ocean The connection to nature Dropping the ego Embracing imperfection Responsibility and diversity The opportunity for play, beauty and music Through these reflections, Sam explores how riding the waves is the ultimate meditation and offers an astute awareness of what the oceans tell us about our place in the natural world - if we would just listen. His illuminating meditations, each beautifully illustrated, make this book perfect for dipping into and offer a gentle gateway into life-affirmingawareness for everyone. If you like this you might also be interested in Mindful Thoughts for Runners . . .
Right now there are thousands of waves breaking on beaches all around Australia. Some will be a tempting 4ft, over white sand, in crystal clear water, others will be a bone crunching 10ft, grinding over shallow reefs, and scaring the hell out of all in sight. That is the magic of Australia's coastline. It's diversity and enormity. This guide will get you to all those places and provide you with plenty of essential information and a good laugh along the way. It's a real surfer's travel guide. It includes: In-depth wave descriptions for every major surf break in Australia. A comprehensive accommodation, food and party guide, as well as flat day fun activities. Surf survival techniques, road-trip planning, 4wd tips, advice on buying second hand cars and weather forecasting. It also has other essential information such as a beer guide and a complete healthy travel section to keep you fit for the surf. There's enough information to keep the most intrepid travellers satisfied. I've been surfing in Australia for the past 35 years and it got me to waves I've never heard of. Great beer guide too! Ross Clarke-Jones Australian big wave surfer, surf explorer & tow-in pioneer. It's the ultimate travel guide, every surfer should have one Tracks Magazine It sends the right message to surf exploration: adventure, caring for the environment and to have a good time Surfrider Foundation
Through fifty years of epic stories, art, and personal ephemera, The Fletcher Family spans surfing's golden era to the present day, when bathing-suit model Dibi and competitive surfer Herbie met, to raising talented Christian and Nathan on boards and waves, to passing the torch to their skating-phenom grandson, Greyson. Herbie Fletcher is a surfing legend. Fletcher and his sons, Christian and Nathan, made a habit of doing things exceptionally well and in their own way before they became the norm. But the Fletchers are not merely trailblazing surf and skate legends; they also are counterculture and subculture icons. T Magazine referred to them as having punk family values. Their sincere love for art and surfing and their collective DGAF attitude has earned them legions of devoted fans and friends from so many different worlds: music, fashion, streetwear, and art. The epitome of both surfer cool and punk counterculture, the Fletcher family for the first time has put together a window into their immensely colorful life. A visual memoir of this near-mythological surf family, The Fletcher Family is sure to appeal to their massive surfing fan base, young skaters, and those who are interested in the Fletcher family and their place in Southern California as a subcultural force of nature.
This is the radical journey of an Italian surf punk studying Chinese in the late 1980s, fuelling surf adventures in the 1990s through work as a Mandarin interpreter., running Surf News magazine in the 2000s, tackling the Silver Dragon river bore in 2007, and then moving the so-called 'Peoples Republic of Empty Waves' to explore the virgin breaks and the surf development of China. Along the way, Nik discovers an untold history of wave riding in dynastic culture. How do the breathing techniques of Daoism, the flow of calligraphy and the pragmatic values of Confucianism relate to the art of wave riding? Strangely, and quite brilliantly, this happens in the oldest continuous civilisation in the world over 1200 years ago.