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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Publications; 2 edition (1 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952364603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952364603
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 1.8 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Encyclopedic, lovingly illustrated and peculiarly British. --Andy Martin - The Daily Telegraph

Ably illustrates the richness of Britain s surfing history. --Alex Wade - The Times

The UK and Ireland surf community has needed a book like this for a long time. A superb production. --Phil Jarratt, Pacific Longboarder Magazine

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Roger Mansfield has been surfing since the early '60s and has witnessed the sport rise from a little-known counter-culture pastime, meeting all the sport's leading characters on the way.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beth Mottart on 20 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am a little bit older than the author and have lived through and experienced the development of surfing in the West Country. This book does not miss a trick. It is pretty accurate in depicting the "vibe" at each stage of the development of the sport, from the time when all Cornish surfers knew each other, to now when it has become a major leisure industry.

The book is beautifully put together and the photos are phenomenal and it represents a real labour of love to track them down. The author has been involved in surfing from the start, and the co-operation he must have got from everyone involved in the sport is evidence of how highly he is regarded in the surfing world. Everyone who has seen my copy of yht book has gone on to buy a copy for themself, or a loved one.

This is the best Christmas present you could buy a surfer or ex surfer this year.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Sara L. Hutchinson on 22 Jun. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful history of surfing in the UK. Whatever your era, you will see the names and places that first stimulated your interest and led you to take that first step in the journey which for some of us is still far from over. Wonderful historical pictures.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tristan Konig on 1 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
Really good book! I recommend it for any surfer, or someone even vaguely interested in the sport. It took me into the real world of British surfing, its history, its dominant characters, it's true spirit. I learnt so much I've never known about my own sporting pastime, about places, people, equipment, culture and fashion. It's a fun tale, in bite size sections, and a real education to boot. Buy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Andrew Cox on 13 Aug. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a story that has needed to be told for some time. If you wondered how surfing ever came to these shores - and let's face it there are those who still say: "Is there surf in the UK?" then this book will give you the definitive answers.
I love the way that not only is the ancient history set down but we also meet some of the characters of the various eras. Surfing is nothing without its characters and the legends of our sport in our country are faithfully recorded.
Orca deserve a massive pat on the back for publishing this work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MG Tydeman on 30 Jun. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Surf sand and the biggest tale of British beach-life ever told. This book gets right inside the development of surfing for Brits - explaining how surfboard-riders were a misunderstood sub-cult in the 60s, now evolved to become the coolest ocean sportsmen on the planet. How it happened is explained along with all the surf-culture extras such as mags, films and fashion. This is British surfers offering us some serious coldwater soul!
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The book is an inspiring taste of the heritage behind the British surfing scene. It's a fantastic collection of accounts, memories and stories, which for me really capture the excitement of the sport. I found some of the classic pictures of UK breaks totally captivating, along with many shots of the most prominent figures from British surfing's history. The book pays homage to the individuals responsible for the development of the UK surf scene, gets you motivated to get out and enjoy being a part of it all!
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