Planet Surf

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Surfing is more than a sport—for many, it’s a way of life, even religious. Surfing is pure adrenaline, offering extreme thrills and extreme danger (not to mention extreme fashion!) to its disciples around the globe. Planet Surf is a tome of all things surf from its history and culture to the world’s top surfing spots. Hit Pipeline, Sunset Beach, and Waimea for some world-class waves. Hawaii is synonymous with surfing, the sport of ancient kings. Learn all about surfing’s origins in Polynesian culture and how it spread around the globe. Discover top surf destinations around the world from the South Pacific to South Africa and everywhere in between. Even England is a major surf region. Check out the world’s most exciting surf spots and the biggest waves ever recorded. Ride the giants at Mavericks in California, Jaws in Hawaii, Teahupoo in Tahiti, and Pico Alto in Peru—all without fear of a deadly wipeout. Whether you ride an egg, shortboard, fish, pintail, hull, or longboard, get a grip on essential surfing design and learn how to choose the best board for your abilities and location. Features include heart-stopping images of amazing big-wave action, killer wipeouts, dream rides, and more.

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Head Editor of SLIDE Magazine, Ryan A. Smith is an experienced journalist and author of five books, including Surfboards: From Start to Finish (for Thomson Gale’s popular Made in the USA” series). Ryan is a former Associate Director of the famed California Surf Museum and a former Associate Editor of Longboard Magazine, and he has been editing/writing for surf and culture magazines around the world for the last dozen years.

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