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.