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Longboarder's Start-Up: A Guide to Longboard Surfing (Start-Up Sports series) Kindle Edition
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Two (I lied) quick caveats:
1) Werner's style isn't for everyone, however, replete as it is with somewhat self-conscious "wannas" and "gottas" and "doyas." You either nod along, or toss the book across the table.
2) For a beginner's book, it is somewhat strangely deficient in really getting inside how a board is trimmed. From Werner's point of view as a long-time surfer it may feel as straightforward and logical as he describes it, but from a beginner's point of view there are all sorts of painful subtleties that Werner glosses over. Too bad.
I am a longboarder with 2 seasons of limited experience. From this book, I gained a knowledge longboard design and how to choose one to suit my needs. I also gained info on techniques to get past the breakers. I didn't get much else.
I was looking for a good explanation and diagrams of etiquete, good starting techniques. I found brief explanations, again, written from a surfer-to-surfer perspective. I found more detailed info free while surfing the web.
I also agree with another review that the language of the book is surfer lingo (dude) and seems out of place for an instructional book.
I'm selling it back. I'll look for a good instructional video.
The interviews with Bill Stewart are the worst part of the book. To listen to Mr. Stewart one would think that he invented the longboard, rather than just an interesting variant.
This book does have a number of useful tips and photographs, and is worth looking over at the library. However, it is critically flawed by the author's failure to present longboarding is an art form in its own right, rather than just the next best thing to shortboarding. Many supurb surfers prefer longboards, and feel as I do that classic longboard surfing has a lot more artistic and spiritual potential than does most shortboard surfing. Watching a great longboarder hang ten sends chills down my spine; I've never seen a shortboard maneuver that could compare.
If you are stoked on longboard surfing, I highly recommend watching videos of Joel Tudor and classic surf movies like *The Endless Summer* and *Big Wednesday*.
As a beginner longboard rider, I found useful information about evaluating a longboard design (picking a board). The surf ettiquete section explains the basics but lacks visual guides for the rank beginner. Much of the remainder of the book describes how to perform shortboard type manuvers on a longboard - not of much use for the beginner.
I agree with another review that the language of the book is in true surfer lingo (dude). That may be ok for the surf culture but seems unprofessional when reading an instructional book.
In all, I found better information, free, surfing the web for info. The info included diagrams of wave structure and formation, and surf ettiquete. I'll probably purchase a true instructional video and sell the book back.
For example, I'm new to surfing (been out about 8 times), and I've reached the point where I'll get killed if I continue doing push-ups through waves of any reasonable size. I keep coming back to this book because this is one of the few beginner's manuals in my stash which tells you about "Scoot 'n Shoot" and "Slice 'n Duck" to deal with paddling out through larger and larger waves.
The book is essentially split into a beginner's section (on how to catch waves, paddling out, being in trim, etc...) and then an intermediate/advanced section on cross-stepping, turning, cutting back, noseriding, etc... I mean it's really wonderful to have a book that shows me what I can look forward to, even though I don't expect to be doing 360's or floaters anytime soon.
I've yet to find a book this comprehensive on longboarding - I dare say that if I were stuck on an island in the South Pacific with nothing but my stick and one book, this one would be it.
If you can overlook the shortcomings of this book, I'm sure you'll get something out of it.
I continue to get hints out of the book after every reread... ...advice in the book begin to make a lot more sense after some experience.
Oh yeah - the lingo in the book makes it a little difficult for the first time read, but with the glossary in the back, it's not that bad. In fact, wouldn't you rather learn what "digging a rail" really means so you can communicate with your fellow surfers in their language?