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Best Surfing Books You Must Read

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Surfing books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (2016)

 Best Surfing Books You Must Read Barbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.  Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter. Barbarian…
Author(s): William Finnegan

2. Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman–Including 10 More Years of Business Unusual (2016)

 Best Surfing Books You Must ReadIn this newly revised 10th anniversary edition, Yvon Chouinard–legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.–shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian handyman to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport’s equipment, Let My People Go Surfing is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life-a book that will deeply affect…
Author(s): Yvon Chouinard, Naomi Klein

3. Surfing Your Way to Pediatric Recertification 5th Edition [2016] (2016)

 Best Surfing Books You Must Read                 This book contains the high yield material you need to know to pass the exam!                                   You will have 5 minutes to answer the question, this book will help you                                      confirm that correct answersThis is the high yield study guide written in the style of " Laughing Your Way Passing the Pediatric Boards"…
Author(s): Stuart Silverstein MD , Lourdes Geise MD, et al.

4. Surf Is Where You Find It (2015)

 Best Surfing Books You Must ReadWritten by one of the most revered surfers of his generation, Gerry Lopez’s Surf Is Where You Find It is a collection of stories about a lifetime of surfing. But more than that, it is a collection of stories about the lessons learned from surfing. It presents 38 stories about those who have been influential in the sport — surfing anytime, anywhere, and in any way. Lopez, an innovator in stand-up-paddle (one of the fastest growing water sports in the world), now shares his stories about pioneering that sport. Conveyed in Gerry’s unique voice, augmented with…
Author(s): Gerry Lopez , Steve Pezman, et al.

5. Surfing Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Wave Riding (2010)

 Best Surfing Books You Must ReadAuthor John Robison uses hundreds of pictures– comical, cartoon-like drawings–to clearly illustrate every aspect of surfing: wave dynamics, riding techniques, etiquette, logistics, and more. This entertaining, easy-to-understand visual presentation makes it easy for you to pick up his techniques and use them on the waves. Robison covers every aspect of the sport, from paddling out through the surf zone and catching and riding that first wave to nose riding, acrobatics, shortboard riding, and to equipment repairs….
Author(s): John Robison

6. Surf Science: An Introduction to Waves for Surfing (2014)

 Best Surfing Books You Must ReadHave you ever wondered where waves come from? What makes every one different, why some peel nicely and others just close out? Why, some days, waves come in sets of six and others in sets of three, and what factors affect the behavior of a surfing break? If you have, this book is for you.Now in its third edition, Surf Science is the first book to talk in depth about the science of waves from a surfer’s point of view. It fills the gap between surfing books and waves textbooks and will help you learn how to predict surf. You don’t need a scientific background to read it―just curiosity and a fascination for waves….
Author(s): Tony Butt , Paula Russell, et al.

7. Sugar Surfing: How to Manage Type 1 Diabetes in a Modern World (2015)

 Best Surfing Books You Must ReadIf a seller is offering a used paperback for more than a fair discount to the original new price of $29.95 please do not buy and contact to help us report unscrupulous sellers. Thank you. || For those considering or already using Continuous Glucose Monitoring, this book takes you beyond the basics and shows you a better way to manage. Interested in eating whatever you like? Prefer a low carb diet? Either way this book will show you how. Sugar Surfing is the first book written to debunk the myths surrounding classic diabetes management while also teaching the…
Author(s): Stephen W. Ponder, Kevin L. McMahon

8. Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind (2019)

 Best Surfing Books You Must ReadHow is it that thoroughly physical material beings such as ourselves can think, dream, feel, create and understand ideas, theories and concepts? How does mere matter give rise to all these non-material mental states, including consciousness itself? An answer to this central question of our existence is emerging at the busy intersection of neuroscience, psychology, artificial intelligence, and robotics.In this groundbreaking work, philosopher and cognitive scientist Andy Clark explores exciting new theories from these fields that reveal minds like ours to be prediction machines – devices that have evolved to anticipate the…
Author(s): Andy Clark

9. Surfing: A History of the Ancient Hawaiian Sport (1996)

 Best Surfing Books You Must ReadSurfing traces the history of the sport from its beginnings in ancient Hawaii through the mid 1960s. This revised edition of the 1966 classic features extensive illustrations, a new introduction, and articles by Mark Twain and Jack London recounting their observations on surfing. The book also explores the development of the surfboard and follows surfing’s timeline from the earliest legends to the accomplishments of modern surfing heroes. By Ben Finney and James D. Houston. 120 pages, approximately 50 black-and-white historical photographs, with maps and diagrams, size: 10 3/4 x…
Author(s): Ben R. Finney, James D. Houston

10. Surfing in Huntington Beach (Images of America) (2019)

 Best Surfing Books You Must ReadOfficially known as Surf City USA®, Huntington Beach is a surf town like no other. Ever since Hawaiian transplant George Freeth “walked on water” beside the famous Huntington Beach Pier in 1914, the city has had a storied relationship with surf culture that endures to this day. Combining a rough-and-tumble working-class spirit leftover from the city’s epic oil boom with its role as a popular beach resort destination, Huntington Beach has produced some of surfing’s most memorable personalities and moments. From legendary surfing heroes to long-standing…
Author(s): Mark Zambrano

Best Surfing Books You Must Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some surfing books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Rockaway: Surfing Headlong Into a New Life

Author(s): Diane Cardwell
ID: 2559893, Publisher: HMH Books, Year: 2020, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub

Ethno-Aesthetics of Surf in Florida: Surfing, Musicking, and Identity Marking

Author(s): Anne Barjolin-Smith
ID: 2883273, Publisher: Springer Singapore;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Surfing Dude

Author(s): Ed Nelson [Nelson, Ed]
ID: 2427288, Publisher: Eastern Shore Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 320 Kb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely best-sellers according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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