Surfing: Mastering Waves from Basic to Intermediate (Mountaineers Outdoor Expert)

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* Covers gear, fitness, safety, lingo, and rules of the water
* Includes basic to intermediate techniques, surf culture, and competitive surfing
* Author is an award-winning journalist and life-long surfer

Surfing's not just for rebels anymore: anyone with the desire to ride a wave is grabbing a board and heading to the beach. Each year, this artform-cum-sport gains popularity as business executives, grandmas, teenagers, coastal dwellers, and adventure travelers get stoked to catch swells. This new guidebook by sports writer and waterman Elliott Almond is a primer for the uninitiated as well as a handbook for the experienced ready to build on their fundamental skills.

Covering topics ranging from basic surfing techniques to surfing fitness prep (including exercises to get your arms ready for all that paddling and stretches to keep you limber) and from history, surf culture, and a complete explanation of gear, to how to find the right board for you, this book also features insights from industry leaders, pro surfers, and instructors. With more than three decades of surfing experience to share, Almond offers clear, authoritative guidance to help those venturing into uncharted waters find their way safely and confidently.

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ELLIOTT ALMOND has been an investigative sports journalist for three decades, working on the staffs of the Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, and San Jose Mercury News. He has been recognized by such organizations as Associated Press Sports Editors, Best American Sports Writing, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize three times. A life-long surfer, Almond spent a good portion of his youth traveling the Southern California and Baja California coastlines searching for the perfect wave.

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