SurfRiders: In Search of the Perfect Wave

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How does it feel to be in the mouth of a 50-foot tube? To carve a perfect 200-degree turn? To get plowed under a thundering mountain of whitewater?

SurfRiders puts readers in the curl with 100 vivid full-color photographs and more than 20 stories by the greatest names in surfing. Chasing the swells from Waimea Bay to South Africa's Cape St. Francis, it brings to life the near-mystical allure of riding the big wave, the rush of shooting the tube, the draw of the pipeline. Along the way, it shows readers the pivotal points of surfing's development, explores the unique beach boy culture its spawned, provides a fascinating look at the evolution of the surfboard (or "gun" as its called) and recounts some of the most outrageous sets ever ridden.

In the tradition of Ski Fever! and The Olympic Spirit, this visually stunning book also features tons of sidebars, historic photos and incredible images of today's greatest champions. Designed for both die-hard surfers and landlocked dreamers alike, it is as close to hanging ten in big wave heaven as you can get without getting wet.

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There's something unique and mysterious about the way surfers and the waves they ride become almost mystically indistinguishable. This thrillingly illustrated exploration of surfing's mystique examines its growth as a competitive activity, analyzes board design, spins some history and, most enjoyably, captures the effervescent spirit that runs through the sport like an undertow.

About the Author:

Matt Warshaw is a regular contributor to all three of the major surfing magazines: Surfer, Surfing, and Surfers Journal. He lives in San Francisco, CA.

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