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The Encyclopedia of Surfing Hardcover – 22 Jan 2004

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  • Hardcover: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace International; 1 edition (22 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0151005796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151005796
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 21.1 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,217,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR MAVERICK'S: THE STORY OF BIG-WAVE SURFING"The first surf book I've come across that presupposes little or no surf knowledge on the part of its readership, yet still dwells in a zone of absolute accuracy and voice."-Surfer's Journal "For those who want a thrill, but from a safe distance, there's Maverick's: The Story of Big-Wave Surfing."-Conde Nast Traveller

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Matt Warshaw, a former professional surfer, is a past editor of Surfer magazine and has been writing about his lifelong passion for more than twenty years. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Leviathan of Surf Books 2 Oct. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is the ultimate surfing book for both the hard core surfer and the wannabee. Everything under the sun (and surf) is covered and presented in an interesting and informative way. The book is big so you definitely get your money's worth. I haven't finished reading all of it--but I'm not sure that even possible. It's the kind of book you can pick up and spent 10-15 minutes reading a few entries and then come back to it later. I liked Warshaw's other books, particularly Mavericks, but this is a really different beast. An ambitous attempt to cover the entire scope of the sport in detail. He pulls it off totally.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Like Surfers Journal... almost 28 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I surf almost every day and can never seem to quench my thirst. My favorite read, by far, of all books and periodicals is The Surfers Journal. It truly captures the many angles of the sport. This book is somewhat in the same vein. It's exhaustive, comprehensive and true to the roots. If you love the history of the sport buy it. If you read Surfing, have never ridden more than one type of board or never traveled to pursue a new wave... don't (do those things instead... THEN buy it). Good bedside book... alongside my Bible.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Best Book on Surfing Ever? 30 Sept. 2003
By A Stoked Surfer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I think it must be. This massive book (800 pages plus) covers everyhing about this great sport. But what is most amazing, is that the writing is so excellent--all of the characters, surf breaks, technology, competitions, movies, music, really come alive under Warshaw's unique eye. All the facts are there in excrutiating detail, but the way they are presented makes reading the book addictive. This has got to be the new bible for the sport.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An Awesome Achievement 29 Sept. 2003
By "surfingfanatic" - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Just got the book and I've barely put it down. The book is enormous--there doesn't seem to be anything Warshaw hasn't covered. What is great about the book is that it not only does it have every fact you'd ever want to know about the sport, but the writing is so interesting that the facts really come alive. Who'd ever thought that the history of surf wax could be so fascinating??
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A top pick for any interested in the fine art of surfing 4 April 2004
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Matt Warshaw's Encyclopedia Of Surfing is a top pick for any interested in the fine art of surfing. From different surfboard developments and the history of different cultures involved in the surfside sport, to legendary surfers and their achievements, the Encyclopedia Of Surfing is packed from cover to cover with "user friendly" A-Z reference material.
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