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Surfing Britain (Footprint Surfing Guide) (Footprint Activity Guide) [Paperback]

Chris Nelson , Demi Taylor
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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25 Mar 2005 Footprint Activity Guide
The second of our activity guides, Surfing Britain follows on from the success of Surfing Europe. The slightly more compact size, makes it even handier to keep in your car or van. Chris and Demi have once more travelled the coastline seaching for that perfect wave and found plenty of local experts to give their opinions. Extensive coverage is given to Southwest England, Wales and Scotland as well as the up-and-coming south coast, East Anglia and Channel Isles. There's a special section on surfing in London but you'll have to wait to find out how! Critical listings including what to do on flat days Guidance on the breaks and the skill level required Board guide written by top shapers Suggestions on how to spend your time be it a few days or longer

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Footprint Handbooks (25 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904777406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904777403
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 14.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A welcome addition to any surfer's back pocket. -- The Observer, Escape, May 15 2005

It's a really good book that will be indispensable for every surfer. -- Wavelength Issue 144 May 2005

The book fuses essential surf and travel information to produce a comprehensive guide. --

The ultimate resource to help beat ther crowds and maximise precious water time. --

From the Publisher

There is a passion for travel and discovery at Footprint that has been reflected in our publishing since the South American Handbook was first published back in 1924. More than 80 years on, our aim is still simple: to give travellers a refreshingly different view that helps them to follow their own route and have a unique, memorable experience. Over 100 current guides reflect the many ways in which people enjoy independent travel; whether exploring ancient sites, seeking an adrenalin-filled adventure or relaxing on the beach, our authors do all they can to bring our customers the very best of each destination we cover.

Who are Footprint’s™ customers?
Footprint books are used by seasoned travellers of all ages and nationalities. What they have in common is a determination to travel independently and to get their own unique experience of the world. Footprint customers love adventure, are resourceful and enjoy getting off the beaten track. They are inquisitive about different cultures and sensitive towards the communities they encounter.

What makes Footprint different?
An ever-increasing number of travellers are discovering Footprint books, taking them on trips, enjoying an approach to travel that is distinctly different from other guides.

These are the features of the books most valued by experienced travellers:
The authors of Footprint guides have a depth of knowledge and passion for the destination, which ensures that the books are always detailed and accurate. They show places to eat, sleep and visit that are away from the tourist haunts and are often known only to the locals.

The books provide a wide range of options for travellers seeking out the very best activities and adventures. This gives travellers the freedom to explore off the beaten track, providing unique, memorable experiences.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best of british... 25 April 2005
By "jr788"
This is by far the best British surf guide out there. The info is easy to use, comprehensive and obviously well researched. It is packed with great photos and usable maps. I already had a copy of Surfing Europe so I was pleased to see that the info hadn't just been re-hashed - it's rewritten and includes new areas like south devon, south coast, east anglia, north wales and loads more on scotland. Basicallly, if you live in Britain and surf, you need this book - it will save you alot of time and money and mean you catch alot more waves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of British! 23 Aug 2007
By Alice
A great read and the perfect guide for the professional or amatuer. If your planning a road trip or just fancy a change from your local break then I can highly recommend this guide. We spent two weeks travelling GB and found loads of spots we'd never heard of. It's also nice to support a fellow female surfer. Have also bought the european guide which we plan to use this autumn, will let you know how we get on!
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential for surfing in the UK 23 Aug 2007
Finallly bought my own copy after my mate demanded his back! I would say this book is essential for anyone who surfs in the UK. It has all the surfing ifo you'll need from all the breaks, board recommendations, wind and swell directions, tides and any access issues. It also has surfer friendly places to eat sleep and drink, where all the local surf shops are as well as a list of all the UK surf shools.
I especially like the way there's advice and stories from all the top UK surfers too. Feels like a real insight into the UK surf scene, not just a bunch of breaks thrown together. The one weakness the book does have is tht the maps aren't fantastic, but they're good enough to get you too the breaks - and that's all that matters. This books gone everywhere with me for the last year, and my new copy will have pride of place in my glove box.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handy 24 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A very handy book for a road and surf trip i am going to plan for my gap year soon
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars below average guide book 22 Aug 2007
By Miriam
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although the book offers a bit of an overview of the main British Surfing beaches, there are more gaps than you'd expect to find. As apparently one of the only options out there, I'd recommend just getting sticking to getting the info you need/want off the Internet. There are no listings of surf hire shops/ surf shops nor pointers to places where you might find tide times. It lacks explanation of some of the more basic surfing facts that beginners (like me) often buy books for - like what the different types of break mean. It's got lots of pretty pictures and maps but beyond that, it really is rather a lot of money for a wad of paper. If you're expecting a book that kind-of brings a lonely planet style perspective to British Surfing, this isn't it. When you find one, let me know.
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