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Longboarder's Start-Up: A Guide to Longboard Surfing (Start-Up Sports series) Kindle Edition

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"Start-Up Sports tackles the hottest sports. These inexpensive titles are forthright and simple, with good illustrations and social pointers." -- Library Journal

About the Author

Doug Werner is the author of 15 books on sports and fitness, including the books in the Start-Up Sports series. He lives in San Diego, California.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3253 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Tracks Publishing (1 Aug. 1996)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002WC9IRU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #426,497 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Doug Werner has written a wonderful beginner's guide to anything and everything to do with longboarding. An extremely easy read, Longboarder's Start-Up has photos and descriptive text that literally walks you through the basics of longboarding. From the design of the board and how it effects different aspects of your ride to paddling out to standing up to shredding the wave on a vicious cut-back, Doug's casual style and crisp humor give the feel of receiving a world-class surfing lesson from your local surf bum. Interviews with pros and loads of great action shots make this as interesting a read as your favorite surf mag, only you don't have near as many pictures of beach babes. Altogether, this is a great addition to your library. Don't forget to bring it on your next beach trip.
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Format: Paperback
It is a very informatitive book, It helps you identify what type of long board you will need to get the most out of your surfing, It also goes into great detail on how to get up, trim, and ride the board.
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Having taken up surfing late in life this has been very encouraging. No only does the author posses a great sense of humour but is full of practical advice that seems to work - so far
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9344e3b4) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93431438) out of 5 stars Good, with one (serious) caveat 1 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A good, no-nonsense book that should have beginning longboarders up and annoying shortboarders in no time flat. Werner covers the basics without any mystification, cutting through the crap and helping people understand just what that 747-sized piece of expoxy doing under their feet.
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.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9342dfe4) out of 5 stars Hope you already know how to surf... 4 Jun. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is written by a shortboard surfer who has taken up longboarding. It is written from that perspective. This is not a good book for beginners.
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.
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9342df78) out of 5 stars Some useful parts, but much less than it could be 28 Jan. 2002
By D. A Flory - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a longboarder, I found this book quite disappointing, and at times even insulting. Mr. Werner treats longboarding as an inferior form of surfing that only people unable to shortboard would bother with. He seems to feel that all longboarders secretly wish to be shortboarders, and he spends a lot of time discussing the ways in which one can do shortboard maneuvers on Bill Stewart's modified longboards.
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*.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9342dab0) out of 5 stars hope you already know how to surf... 29 May 2001
By D. St John - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is written by a shortboard surfer who has taken up longboarding and is written exclusively from this perspective. If you know how to surf or have some working knowledge, the book has some good points. If you're a rank beginner, this is not your best bet for learning.
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.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9342db28) out of 5 stars Only surfing book worth rereading... 18 Jun. 2001
By LostInTokyo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
...there is some significant information in this book that doesn't show up in other fluffy beginner's books.
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?
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