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Surf Science: An Introduction to Waves for Surfing [Paperback]

Tony Butt , Paul Russell
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26 Sep 2002
Charles Fox tells the story of the garden started by his great-great grandfather, Alfred Fox, relating its development to that of the Fox gardens at Trebah, Penjerrick and Rosehill, and to other Cornish gardens including Heligan, Trewithen, Chyverton, Trelissick, Trengwainton and Carclew. He describes how succeeding generations of a Quaker family used opportunities in the shipping and travel world to introduce rare and exotic plants to their gardens, and how that tradition continues under the National Trust, to create what is today ‘a unique repository for exotic plants, and a centre for the purposeful propagation of rare and tender species'.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Alison Hodge (26 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0906720311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0906720318
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tony Butt has a PhD in Physical Oceanography from the University of Plymouth, UK, and worked with the Coastal Processes Research Group at Plymouth for seven years. He has published 12 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and over 200 other articles on waves and the coastal environment for a non-scientific audience, plus several chapters, forewords and other contributions. He has been Staff Oceanographer for the Surfers Path magazine since 1998, and runs short courses on basic oceanography and meteorology for surfers and other coastal water users.

Tony works with non-profit organizations such as Surfers Against Sewage, Save the Waves and the Surfrider Foundation, trying to convince people that the coastline is a highly-delicate and poorly understood part of the environment, and the more we interfere with it the more problems it will cause us.

Tony is also a dedicated big-wave surfer and has appeared in numerous major television documentaries as well as being invited to several international big-wave events such as the prestigious Eddie Aikau Memorial in 1999.

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‘So who would benefit from this book? Well, it’s hard to think of a surfer who wouldn’t. … we’d recommend you buy this book’ -- The Surfer’s Path, Issue 33, October/November 2002

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‘Glendurgan is one of my favourite gardens. The Fox family which created it has shaped Cornish horticulture more than any other. … Glendurgan is a national treasure.' (Tim Smit)

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa! 8 Aug 2003
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This book i thought was going to be full of incoherent mumblings about fathoms and linear models but instead of a physics lessons i got very in depth, easy to comprehend information about waves. this helped me, as a surfer, understand the waves and which in turn brought my surfing to a whole new level. I fully recommend this book to anyone who has the slightest interest in the sea, whether you are a surfer of just a gazing out to sea kind of person!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book for understanding waves 19 April 2007
By Ollie F
after surfing for many years i have a fair knowledge of weather and how waves are created but this book really helped me take a step up in my understanding. Easy to understand and a must buy for anyone interested in wave creation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Relevant Science for Surfing 1 Nov 2009
I like this book. It gives a good introduction the science behind waves and their formation and transformation as they travel towards the coast. Good for anyone who fancies starting to find their own breaks and make their own forecasts from buoys.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book about waves 2 Jan 2014
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I find it an interesting book about this phenomenon essential for surfing. But I don't think it will help me surf better.
Still it's worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good condition 2nd hand book 26 Dec 2013
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Arrived promptly and in excellent condition for a 2nd hand book. Was expecting to see writing and markings in the book, however it is completely devoid of anything. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars surf science book 1 Dec 2013
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i knew this particular book was what my nephew wanted as he is very interested in surfing and paddle boarding - it's going to be a great Christmas gift for him.
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