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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076032753X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760327531
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,544,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a beast and certainly one for the coffee table with its glossy photographs and sleek hardback designs. Marcus has done a sterling job of putting this book together and accurately describing it as the first ever history of the surfboard. Beginning with the huge Koa planks that the hawaiian's used to ride and ending with the dynamic shapes of today this book superbly and colourfully documents that evolution of the surfboard. --Pitpilot magazine<br /><br />Ignore all the exclamation marks on the jacket and flyleaf, inside this is a serious (but never boring) look at the detail of the history of the surfboard from Hawaiian planks right up to the present day. The progression is clearly as natural and logical as every surfer s search for that magic board, and is beautifully presented. You could be happy just looking at the pictures, but this is one coffee table book that should spend a lot more time in your hands than on the table, because the prose is just as fascinating nuggets of absolute gold mined with a skilful hand. Surfboards come from the Fernando Aguerre Collection (a huge and varied one) and there are plenty of action and historical photos helping to tell the tale. I thought I knew quite a bit about the history of the surfboard, gleaned from years of reading surf mags and books, but this book is guaranteed to tell you many, many things you never knew. Did surfing really die off totally with the coming of the missionaries to Hawaii? Have you ever seen pictures and brochures from the Swastika Surfboard Company from California? Ever seen a picture of Marilyn Monroe (then still Norma Jean Baker) at a surfers beach party? Or the rubble of the Clark Foam factory? Get this book, there s all that and so much more. Riveting. --Surfgirl magazine<br /><br />It s a cool look back at the most important piece of equipment in our sport, and deserves a place in every surfer s library. In a beautiful labor of life, love and energy, he [Marcus] has compiled the first actual history of this ocean icon (ancient Hawaiians surfed in homage to the sea s gods), from old time wave-riding redwood planks to the light-weight, vacuum-sealed technological marvels of the present. The Surfboard features stunning studio photographs, historical prints and engravings, and close-ups of surfboards ... Fascinating and essential, even if you don t go near the water. --Transworld Surf

Pack your passport and head for surf!From its ocean worshipping beginnings to the hedonistic delights of today the surfborad has always had a special place in the heart of man whetehr appeasing the Gods or trying to tame the might of the oceans. A truly global phenomenam. Every surfer be it of the coast of Cornwall, Australia, South Africa, or the east coast of America while taming the waves has in their haeds the image of riding the pipes in hawaii, sun-bleached hair, bronzed skin and the tale of the wave that got away. This book really caputures it all and some more. A well written book by Ben Marcus a wellr espected and written journalist for magazines such as Surfer and the Surfers Journal captures the essence and history superbly. Boards have shrunk in size somewhat from the super long olo board ( ranging form 12 foot to about 24 foot, for raylaoty only) made from solid wood to the modern light weight boards ( around six foot long) made from composite materials. It traces not only the development of the surfboard itself but the advertsiing, intruige and lifestyle that surrounds this sea, sun and sand culture. The text is well written that keeps you wnating more, and the illustrations/photographs are excellent. Well worth the cover price even if you don't surf now but bringing back the past, a 'wanna' be surfer or you just enjoy a simple object beautifully designed and crafted adorned with some really eye-catching artwork all wrapped up in an evolutionary and intriguing story. --Pinstriping UK magazine

It s a cool look back at the most important piece of equipment in our sport, and deserves a place in every surfer s library. In a beautiful labor of life, love and energy, he [Marcus] has compiled the first actual history of this ocean icon (ancient Hawaiians surfed in homage to the sea s gods), from old time wave-riding redwood planks to the light-weight, vacuum-sealed technological marvels of the present. The Surfboard features stunning studio photographs, historical prints and engravings, and close-ups of surfboards ... Fascinating and essential, even if you don t go near the water. --Transworld Surf

About the Author

Ben Marcus is a surfing obsessive. He left school and travelled the world looking for the perfect wave, and now edits The Surfer's Journal. He has written Surfing USA!, and contributes towards surfing guides worldwide.

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By Miss M. L. Irving on 10 Jan. 2015
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I was so pleased to see some work of my brothers.
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
Surfing does have a rich and dignified history. 13 Nov. 2012
By Surfin in the Islands - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent little treasure about surfing history and the boards that followed. Well written, great photographs. Its on my Kindle and its just like having the book in front of me.
Husband likes it 10 Jan. 2012
By nicedecor - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for my husband because I saw it sitting in the cart box but never made it to the check out because my husband just can't buy anything for himself; so I did it for him :) It made a good Christmas gift and he really likes all the info...
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Perfect 25 Nov. 2007
By P. Sayevich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Phenomenal. Photos are awesome and the story carries through. A must have for groms and old guys alike.
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Truly a Must Have Surfing Book 7 Jun. 2011
By Thom Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a surfer or know someone who is - this book is simply the coolest. The history and photos in the book are tremendous and it really helps to understand where the sport has been and it will help pass the time on those flat days when there is no surf. The photos alone are worth the purchase price, especially if you have ever thought about making your own or are just curious as to how a surfboard works. The oral history and stories combined with the photos are what really make this book on of the best books on surfing I've ever read.

I can't recommend this book enough. It really is a must have book for anyone who likes to surf and it's a perfect book to keep on a coffee table and just thumb through over and over again. Buy this book for yourself and give it to someone else as a gift. You'll be glad you did.
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We got this for a gift for someone... 25 Oct. 2010
By hawaiianbird - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a fun gift to give a close relative who is an avid surfer. It's a good book. There are a lot of pictures and fun facts on the history of the surfboard.
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