“In this crowded world, the surfer can still seek and find the perfect day, the perfect wave, and be alone with the surf and his thoughts.”
- “This is the bible to put in the hands of every surfing aficionado. A rich and ultra-documented panorama about the sport… Surfing is more than just a coffee table book, it is above all a rare and precious volume to be passed on from generation to generation.”
- “Visual historian Jim Heimann brings his keen eye to the waves, culture, sport, and style of surfing in this gorgeous coffee table book.”
- “Surfing will undoubtedly go down as the last word in the space.”
- “This book is perfect.”
- “Pretty much the sport’s most epic coffee table book yet.”
- “Surfing is a magnificent book.”
- “It’s all here – the clothes, the boards, the music, the contests, the rivalries, the surfer dudes. But does the ability to hang onto a floating piece of polyurethane warrant such a paean? It does, and this tome has over 900 amazing images to prove it.”
Surfing. 1778–TodayHardcover, clothbound, with 1 fold-out, 11.4 x 15.6 in., 15.70 lb, 592 pages200Edition: English Availability: In Stock
Catch a wave
More than 200 years of surfing culture
The book is arranged into five chronological chapters, tracing surfing culture from the first recorded European contact in 1778 by Captain James Cook to the global and multi-platform phenomenon of today. Utilizing institutions, collections, and photographic archives from around the world, and with accompanying essays by the world’s top surf journalists, it celebrates the sport on and off the water, as a community of 20 million practitioners and countless more devotees, and as a leading influence on fashion, film, art, and music.
An unrivaled tribute to the breadth, complexity, and richness of surfing, this book is a must-have for any serious player on the surfing scene and anybody who aspires to the surfing lifestyle. As one surfing scribe has declared, “There has never been a book like this, and there will never be another one again.”
Jim Heimann is the Executive Editor for TASCHEN. A cultural anthropologist, historian, and an avid collector, he has authored numerous titles on architecture, pop culture, and the history of Los Angeles and Hollywood, including TASCHEN’s Surfing, Los Angeles. Portrait of a City, California Crazy, and the All-American Ads series.
Surfing. 1778–TodayHardcover, clothbound, with 1 fold-out, 29 x 39.5 cm, 7.12 kg, 592 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-4750-5Edition: English