This platinum tome is the most comprehensive visual history of surfing to date, marking a major cultural event as much as a publication
. Following three and a half years of meticulous research
, it brings together more than 900 images
to chart the evolution of surfing as a sport, a lifestyle, and a philosophy
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.”Art Edition of 125 copies signed by Jim Heimann, with the signed print Wild Angels (2006) by John Severson.
Also available as an accessible XXL-sized edition.