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The Bluffer's Guide to Surfing (The Bluffer's Guides) by [Jarvis, Craig]
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If you re a kook, especially if you're a kook, you will buy this book, for it reveals the many secrets and tricks of the surfing subculture. I believe it will soon become a classic. --Derek Reilly, Editor, Stab Magazine

Surfing is a minefield of jargon, specialist knowledge and expert analysis. If you want to bluff your way into becoming more of a ripper than a toe-dipper, pick up a copy of the Bluffer s Guide that s become every surfer s secret checklist. --Greg Martin, Editor, Wavelength Magazine

Craig Jarvis has managed to fit the whole world of surfing into one book. No mean feat, but then, as surf journalists go, he is a 9th dan. If you can t bluff your way in the salty bits of the world after reading this, you ve got no one to blame but yourself. --Roger Sharp, Editor, Carve Magazine

About the Author

Craig Jarvis surfing travels have taken him to many great surf destinations and a great many beds (the hospital kind don t get excited). He caught malaria while surfing off the jungles of Java, and his catalogue of mishaps includes three tropical diseases unidentified by the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London, a broken arm, a broken elbow, four bouts of life-threatening dysentery, a torn groin while surfing in Ireland, a wasting disease contracted in Chile and a serious case of boils that attached themselves to him somewhere in Indonesia. Among his journalistic endeavours, he has been field editor of The Surfer s Path, editor of Zigzag and is now editor-at-large of Wavescape. His favourite story as a freelance contributor concerned an oversexed male dolphin s libidinous interaction with surfers, published in the Australian surf magazine Tracks. Craig currently lives in a house with a sea view over a nice wave near Cape Town. His days consist of walking his three surf hounds on the beach, reading, writing, going surfing and, in the evenings, sitting and watching surfers after pouring himself a stiff Scotch. It s a tough life, but someone has to live it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 391 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #327,178 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
This guide is righteous. It will tell you everything you could possibly need to, want to, or not want to know about surfing, in short order. It hold a lot of information on all aspects of surfing, from sharks to boards to history to what to wear. I appreciated the tone of the guide, but it is not for everyone. It is rather irreverent, a bit haughty. I suppose it would appeal to sarcastic sorts. If you want to hack your way into the surfing world or not seem like a complete idiot your first time out, this is a handy guide.

*I did receive the book as an ARC.
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Format: Kindle Edition
A brilliant little book; if you are not already a surf aficionado you will be once you've read this. It doesn't matter if you are new to the sport or are in fact a skilled partaker, this is a book to surprise and enjoy. The author gives us some little known surfing facts to regale fellow surfers with and in so doing lists the do and don'ts of becoming an insider in this joyous sport. A gift from the publisher.
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