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Surfing, windsurfing, water skiing

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!

Parko Joel Parkinson's Surfing Journey

Parko Joel Parkinson's Surfing Journey

Author: Joel Parkinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2013

Join world champion surfer Joel Parkinson on a global surfing tour. Visit his favourite surfing sites and get an insight into the world of pro-surfing from the best. With stunning photography of the best surfing beaches in the world, as well as action shots and behind-the-scenes images from the pro-surfing carnival this is the ultimate book for any surfing fan. Joel's commentary throughout the book gives the reader unparalleled access to his life, friends and career amongst the waves. With large format full-colour photography throughout this is a must have for all surfing fans and a great Christmas gift. Joel Parkinson is Australia's top surfer competing on the pro surfing World Tour. He became the youngest surfer to win the international Billabong Contest. And he won the ASP World Junior Championship. After twelve years competing at the elite level, a stretch that saw him win eleven elite World Title Events, plus nine additional tour events, and achieve runner-up second place to the ASP World Title four times, Joel Parkinson won his first World Championship Title in 2012 in Hawaii at the Banzai Pipeline doing battle with eleven-time ASP World Title holder, Kelly Slater, to get his first World Title, as well as go on to win the ighly-coveted Pipeline Masters. Known as Parko, he was born in Nambour, Queensland and grew up on Queensland's Gold Coast with fellow surfer Mick Fanning. He started surfing as a child, with his father's board, then he started competing with his friends Dean Morrison and, especially, Mick Fanning.

Surfing California A Guide To The Best Breaks And Sup-Friendly Spots On The California Coast

Surfing California A Guide To The Best Breaks And Sup-Friendly Spots On The California Coast

Author: Raul Guisado, Jeff Klaas, Ben Marcus Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2013

Surfing California is your one-of-a-kind guide to more than 200 of the best breaks in the Golden State - from classic surf spots to lesser-known waves. This revised and updated, full-color guide now includes SUP-friendly spots, too--allowing surfers and paddlers alike to find the best breaks and all get along! Explore the surf from the Oregon border to the Mexican border, from North Jetty in Arcata to Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz to Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach.

Bodyboard Manual The Essential Guide to Bodyboarding

Bodyboard Manual The Essential Guide to Bodyboarding

Author: Rob Barber Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2013

The Bodyboard Manual is the definitive guide to bodyboarding, the most exciting and accessible watersport on the planet - fact! This fifth edition has been expanded and updated to include more info, more tips and more dream destinations for bodyboarders of all abilities. For beginners there are sections covering the basics - equipment, technique, safety, swell forecasting...all the things you need to know to get started. For intermediate and advanced riders there's info about how to bust sick manoeuvres, where to find the best bodyboard waves, how to get super fit, how to win contests, and heaps more. With tips and advice from the world's top bodyboarders there's useful stuff for every situation. The Bodyboard Manual includes a stack of quality imagery taken by the best photographers in the biz, including Sacha Specker, Ray Collins, Tim Jones, Rod Owen, Mike Searle, Tim McKenna, Andy Lawrence, Tom Young, Russell Ord and Mickey Smith. The book also includes a comprehensive resources section where boogers can find up-to-date info about travel agencies, surf camps, bodyboard schools, shops and websites. Whether you're a complete beginner or an air-busting shredder, The Bodyboard Manual will help you take your bodyboarding to the next level.

The Kook's Guide to Surfing The Ultimate Instruction Manual: How to Ride Waves with Skill, Style, and Etiquette

The Kook's Guide to Surfing The Ultimate Instruction Manual: How to Ride Waves with Skill, Style, and Etiquette

Author: Jason Borte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

Move over, dude! The Kook's Guide to Surfing shows what it means to be a real surfer. This clever, often hilarious guide shares with kooks (those guys on surfboards who just don't get it yet) the truths and know-how of a lifelong wave-lover. The secret: surfing responsibly and sharing the waves. You don't have to be too cool for school to be cool in the water. But surfing like a pro isn't just about courtesy, and neither is The Kook's Guide to Surfing. The ultimate guide to great surfing, it's got tips on choosing the right board for the right wave, stances and paddling, avoiding injuries and staying safe, and-once all that has been mastered-how and where to show off your skills in the big competitions. Other topics include: First lessons and helpful tips Physical fitness Types of waves Surf etiquette Buying surfboards An index of the best surf locations Filled with witty illustrations, a glossary of surfing terminology, and fun Hey, Kook! trivia, The Kook's Guide to Surfing will turn even the greenest beginners into knockout surfing pros.

Golden Age Surfing's Revolutionary 1960s And '70s

Golden Age Surfing's Revolutionary 1960s And '70s

Author: John Witzig Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/04/2013

Surfing's formative period from 1965 to 1978, as shown through the most complete book of the iconic images of photographer John Witzig. Chronicling the great creative years in the evolution of surfing, the late 1960s and early '70s, this engaging volume documents the revolutionary changes of the era--in board length, in surf style and technique--through the images of Australian photographer John Witzig. Witzig was not only photographing the scene, he was part of it, a group that included surfers Bob McTavish and George Greenough, and his images reflect both that access and that intimacy. In 1967, he created a firestorm of controversy with a Surfer cover story declaring that a core of young Australian surfers had redefined the sport, as evidenced by his friend Nat Young's blazing win in the 1966 World Surfing championships. Witzig went on to capture the defining moments--the surfers, the draft-dodging back-to-landers, the radical developments of board design, and, of course, the waves, from Australia to Honolua Bay--of surfing's most thrilling period. Soulful, poetic, iconoclastic, filled with rare images, this book is a unique look at surfing's cultural revolution.

The Fear Project

The Fear Project

Author: Jaimal Yogis Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/01/2013

An epic adventure full of incredible characters, death-defying athletic achievement, and bleeding edge science, THE FEAR PROJECT began with one question: how can we overcome our fears to reach our full potential? Who among us has not been paralyzed by fear? In The Fear Project, award-winning journalist and surfer Jaimal Yogis sets out to better understand fear-why does it so often dominate our lives, what makes it tick, and is there even a way to use it to our advantage? In the process, he plunges readers into great white shark-infested waters, brings them along to surf 40+ foot waves in the dead of winter, and gives them access to some of the world's best neuroscience labs, psychologists, and extreme athletes. In this entertaining, often laugh-out-loud narrative, Yogis also treats himself like a guinea pig for all of his research, pushing his own fears repeatedly to the limits-in his sport, in his life, and in love. Ultimately, Yogis shares with his readers the best strategies to emerge triumphant from even the most paralyzing of fears. THE FEAR PROJECT gives readers insight into the following: - How fear evolved in the human brain - How to tell the difference between good fear and bad fear - How to use the latest neuroscience to transform fear memories - Why fear spreads between us and how to counteract fearful group think - How to turn fear into a performance enhancer - athletically and at work In pursuing this terrifying-and often thrilling-journey with Yogis, we learn how to move through fear and unlock a sense of renewed possibility and a more rewarding life.

Making Mavericks The Memoir of a Surfing Legend

Making Mavericks The Memoir of a Surfing Legend

Author: Frosty Hesson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2012

When Richard Frosty Hesson was first approached by a young Jay Moriarty in 1990, the skinny kid with a sparkle in his eye only wanted one thing from the icon: his help in becoming a better surfer. Hesson, one of the first to conquer the huge waves off northern California known as Mavericks, recognized that the kid had a vision. Jay quickly demonstrated a resolve that reminded Frosty of his younger self, pursuing his goal with a seriousness far beyond his years. His attitude and work ethic earned Frosty's respect and, eventually, his friendship. Making Mavericks is the inspiring story of their father-son bond and of the challenges that made each of them who they were-surf legends, and the subject of the upcoming film Chasing Mavericks. In Making Mavericks, Frosty talks about his turbulent youth spent under difficult circumstances, with parents who tried to find a positive way to handle a child with a passion for water and a disregard for his own safety. Throughout his life he developed principles to live by, principles that would become the core tenets of his teaching philosophy. Most significantly, Frosty talks about how one of his best students, Jay Moriarty, used his philosophy to become a surfing phenomenon, and whose life inspired the phrase, Live like Jay. Affecting and poignant, Making Mavericks is a celebration of Hesson's determination to live with joy and purpose, and his desire to help others do the same.

Amazing Surfing Stories Tales of Incredible Waves & Remarkable Riders

Amazing Surfing Stories Tales of Incredible Waves & Remarkable Riders

Author: Alex Wade Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2012

This eclectic mix of surfing stories has something for everyone, from classic tales of monster waves and epic battles to stories of when life among the breakers goes wrong. There are accounts of death and disaster, as well as bravery and triumph. The bizarre and the extreme rub shoulders with perfect breaks and beautiful beaches. Be thrilled by legendary surfers, as well as learning about local heroes who never made the headlines. Each compelling tale has been chosen to stoke the fire of armchair surfers and hardcore wave-riders alike, and many are illustrated with colour photographs.

Cliffs Of Insanity A Winter On Ireland's Big Waves

Cliffs Of Insanity A Winter On Ireland's Big Waves

Author: Keith Duggan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2012

Surfing in Ireland was once considered little more than a fringe and slightly lunatic pursuit. The treacherous coastline and ice waters of the Atlantic did not sit comfortably with the stereotype of surfing as the favoured pastime of the bronzed and privileged. But with the discovery in the past few years of the gargantuan Aileen's wave at the Cliffs of Moher and other heavy waves, the Irish coast has become one of the worst kept secrets in world surfing. In Cliffs of Insanity, the Irish Times sportswriter Keith Duggan tells the story of a dedicated group of surfers in County Clare whose lives revolve around the pursuit of Ireland's wildest waves. The book traces the evolution of Fergal Smith, the young Mayo man whose intuition for big waves has earned him a serious reputation and explores the world of Mickey Smith, the roving Cornish man who discovered Aileen's and whose breathtaking surf photography has caught the Irish landscape in an entirely new and original light. Bitter cold days, broken bones, busted boards, scars, near drownings and countless hours in the freezing water trying to read the ocean is the price they pay for those few transcendent seconds when they master a wave. Cliffs of Insanity is about the importance of pursuing what matters in life but it is also about community and friendship, and the passionate pursuit of a way of life that flies in the face of everything championed in Ireland over the last decade.

Shock Waves

Shock Waves

Author: Hanabeth Luke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2012

The Stormrider Surf Guide France

The Stormrider Surf Guide France

Author: Bruce Sutherland Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2012

Finally, France has a Stormrider Surf Guide that covers all the incredible waves along this vast coastline. From the chilly Channel to the mild Mediterranean, there's something for everyone, helpfully written in both French and English. Beautifully illustrated by the best photographs available and crammed full of new information, this is the one and only guide to Europe's favourite surfing playground. France is the epicentre of the European surf experience and The Stormrider Surf Guide France takes you on an amazing tour of the entire coastline. From Calais to Corsica, the best reefs, points and beaches are all painstakingly described and large, vivid photographs bring the waves to life. The French surf culture and joie de vivre is perfectly captured in this detailed, one-of-a-kind guide. Introduction pages include travel information; oceanography; environment; surf culture. The SURF ZONES section includes stormrider symbols; spot info; accurate maps; surf business locators. And HOTSPOTS provides expanded break descriptions; multiple photos; pluses and minuses.

Aussie Surfa - The surf guide: Things you gotta know..

Aussie Surfa - The surf guide: Things you gotta know..

Author: Melanie Lumsden-Ablan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2012