on 1 April 2001
The perfect day catches all the beauty and spirituality within the sport of surfing, making you come away and feel something that you have missed all your life. For any true surfer this book shows the much loved lifestyle to surfing, which is presented with true meaning. Surfer magazine has always been a market leading publication which can be seen throughtout this classic, which presents ideas to a hidden sport in most areas. A great book with a lot of meaning.
on 23 March 2008
I have often been persuaded into shelling out my hard earned cash on surf magazines by their covers; 'Cortes Bank!: 50' and Perfect', or intriguing feature sub-titles; 'Pro Land: Parallel lives, skate, surf and boarding. Whose the don?' yet, LIKE MANY READERS OF SURF MAGAZINES THE WORLD OVER (INCLUDING THE EDITOR OF THIS BOOK SAM GEORGE) I HAVE BEEN REGULARLY DISSAPOINTED BY THE QUALITY OF THE ARTICLE CONTENTS THEMSELVES, I mean sure there will be one or two decent articles in them providing some real insight and context to accompany and enhance the mind blowing pictures, but mostly they'll be predictable monologues along the lines of; "the surf was pumping at spot x, so we had an amazing session at spot x, pro y ripped as did local charger z who [you'll never guess] charged and had his local spot proper wired!". So instead I normally keep up with what's happening in the world of surf for free online- especially the brilliant surflineline.com and timesonline.co.uk/surfnation
However keeping me buying the occasional surf mag (beyond the obvious: a format which can be read anywhere, spectacular photos and the occasional attached free surf DVD) is the possibility of getting to read some great, mindblowing surf article on something intriguing such as the home of Doc Renneker; Ocean Beach, surf tripping from inland Manchester (where I use to live and do the same thing) or a Miki Dora story, the kind of article which you rarely find on the internet. So when I spotted The Perfect Day: 40 years of surfing magazine, a book featuring only excerpts from the finest articles and photographs printed in Surfer magazine over its 40+ year history, I (and I'm sure the publishers) knew that there was no way it could disappoint.
Set in chronological order, this book is dived into 4 sections; articles and photos from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, each with their own editors introduction by Sam George, which serves to contextualise and link an otherwise hugely diverse collection of article excerpts and photographs, whose variation in tone, style and subject matter is constantly entertaining and perfectly reflective of the hugely diverse range of
situation's that the life of a surfer offers and the equally different ways that surfers experience those situations and makes sense of them, from the volatile yet always thoughtful and amusing actions and prophesising of Miki Dora in the 60s, the laid-back-style-admist-the-storm of Gerry Lopez and the surf travel redefining pieces by Kevin Naughton and Craig Petersons in the 70s, the pro bloom and excess of the 80s and the rise and rise of Kelly Slater in 90s. Needless to say THE LEVEL OF WRITING AND PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGHOUT IS CONSISTENTLY STRATOSPHERIC, making this easily one of the best books on surfing yet published.- Now if only Wavelength, carve and all the British surf mag's could team up and produce something of a similar format!