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The Bluffer's Guide to Surfing (The Bluffer's Guides)

The Bluffer's Guide to Surfing (The Bluffer's Guides) [Kindle Edition]

Craig Jarvis
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From 'reefs' to 'retro surfers', and from 'full rail carving' to 'competitions', here's everything you need to know to keep your end up in and out of the ocean.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 251 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Bluffer's Guides (1 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Disclosure: I was kindly offered a copy of this book by the publishers in exchange for a review.

I'm currently writing a piece of fiction in which one of the characters is a surfer, so when the publishers of the Bluffer's Guides contacted me with an offer to review some of their titles, I jumped at the chance of educating myself on the subject of surfing. I can't even swim, so you can imagine my base level.

The Bluffer's Guides are short guides designed you to give you a basic knowledge on the most disparate subjects, so that you can, well, bluff your way through a conversation. That's the theory, anyway. I suspect that this would be a lot easier for subject such as jazz (the next title I am going to review for the series)The Bluffer's Guide to Jazz (Bluffer's Guides) - when it comes to surfing, I am pretty sure that the moment someone throws me into the water, my bluff will be up.

The guide was a lot of fun to read, even for someone as ignorant in the subject as I am. The style is always humorous, often poking fun at surfers' jargon and lifestyle. I have actually learned a fair bit from this 100-odd pages book - I know about Point Breaks, Slabs and Wedges. I am confident that I can spot a longboarder and identify him/her as an eccentric; I am even familiar with Huey, the Australian pagan God of surfing.

My only criticism would be that the name-dropping chapters barely glossed over the presence female surfers - who are most definitely out there and no longer relegated to just a niche category. But we'll forgive the author this time - maybe something to consider for the next edition?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bluffer's Guide to Surfing 16 April 2014
This is a funny, informative book. Having grown up in the 1960's southern California surfing culture, I was amazed at how much has changed over the years. Someone who is really serious about bluffing his/her way into today's surfing scene would benefit from this book. Keep in mind, however, that eventually bluffers will encounter REAL DIE-HARD surfers who will call them out in an unrelenting fashion. At that point, bluffers have to put up or shut up, so it might be a good idea to really learn how to surf. Besides, a bluffer never gets to experience firsthand the tremendous thrills, chills, and joys of the sport!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Would recommend it to anyone! 11 April 2014
I love this book so much It was so funny and yet I learned a lot about surfing that I would have never learned had I tried to go about it any other way! The writing was witty and I feel like it's an inside joke now, when I talk to people about surfing and they act as though I'm an expert! I reccomend this book to anyone I meet now it's so much fun!
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