Surfers are not only dedicated to riding waves and looking for the places in the world where the best waves are formed to enjoy with and through them.
Fans of this extraordinary sport and also the sportsmen who ride waves, in many cases, are academic professionals with a wide culture, which makes them also fans of reading.
In the last sixty years the literature of surfing has been developed, full of waves, salt, sea and sun; dealing with fiction, biographies, journalism, titles of personal improvement and self-help.
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10 Surf Books for Surfer Readers
1. Surfing. The 100 Best Waves
We start our countdown with this issue that is halfway between a surfing photo book and a travel guide.
This book records the photographs of the best 100 waves in the world; California, Japan, Australia or Africa; information about them, details, tips, location and how to get there.
2. 2. The History of Surfing in Spain: From Magellan to the Eighties
From the hand of Daniel Esparza, one of the biggest and best scholars of surfing and its world, this extraordinary book was born, where Esparza talks about the history of surfing in Spain, in an academic and deep way.
It is a recommended literature for anyone who wants to know how surfing came to Spain and how it evolved to position itself in the Spanish beaches.
3. 3. Leroy Grannis. Sixties and Seventies Surfing Pictures
In this book it is possible to meet again the American surfing world of the sixties and seventies.
Thanks to Leroy Grannis, who was a breakthrough in the world of surfing, it was possible to take the first photographs of the practices in the water; although he was a surfer since 1931, it was until 1960 that he dedicated himself to photographing the surfing environment that reigned at that time.
Thanks to his work, today we can admire iconic photographs that represent the surfing of the sixties and seventies.
4. 4. Cosas que tu Shaper Nunca te Dice. Bob Smith
In this book that can be considered a manual, the North American shaper and surfer Bob Smith, presents in a brief and easily understandable way, the indispensable instructions for the design of a surfboard.
Basic concepts for those who are starting in the world of surfing, regarding the design and elaboration of the boards for the practice of the sport of waves, are captured in its pages in a simple and uncomplicated way.
5. Mundaka: Surf to Live. Craig Sage
The Australian surfer Craig Sage, presents from his own point of view and experience, the meaning of surfing in Mundaka. Sage gives a historical account of this town, famous for its magnificent wave, the best and most famous in Europe.
Craig has lived in this area since the mid 80’s and in his book he refers to the seafaring tradition of Mundaka, the influence that foreigners had on the area since the Middle Ages; relevant figures from the past and present and all aspects related to the conservation of the sand bar and the environment within the Urdaibai reserve.
6. Practical Surfing Manual
En este libro está contenida toda la información requerida para iniciar la práctica del surf, pues habla de elementos técnicos y tácticos, así como la alimentación requerida y los ejercicios de estiramiento antes de entrar al agua.
Adicionalmente encontrarás detalles que puedan ser importantes para la práctica del surf.
7. Surfea Mejor – Táctica y Práctica del Surf. Dave Rearwin
This book contains all the information required to start surfing, since it talks about technical and tactical elements, as well as the required feeding and stretching exercises before entering the water.
Additionally, you will find details that may be important for the practice of surfing.
8. The Surf Girl Guide to Surf Fitness
For them there is also a book; this is the perfect guide for surfing girls and surfers.
It’s an important book because of its content, from exercises to favor physical condition, the best diet for a surfer girl; it also shows a stretching board to get in shape for surfing.
9. The Wave Lover. José Pellón
This is a novel, where the surf is one of the main characters. Its author is a fanatic in love with surfing, as well as a writer, taking advantage of both characteristics to develop this book.
Waves, beers, poetry, some ghosts, fun and a lot of imagination, besides surfing are present in The Lover of the Waves.
10. The Science of Surfing. Tony Butt
Tony Butt, analyzes from his position as a surfer, the science of waves; it is an interesting book that will help the surfer to interpret and predict the swell, in order to take the best waves.
It is a book that occupies the space between scientific books about waves and surfing books in general.
From Surfcanarias we like very much to publish articles with a certain educational rigor, in this case we recommend these 10 books because reading is a process of understanding that is very important for learning, since it allows to expand the capacity of conscience and reasoning, stimulating our creativity and language.
That is why from our famara beach surf school, apart from the books mentioned above, we bring you the following publications related to the true notion of Famara Surf, a surfer’s lifestyle of which we feel very proud, so we encourage you to read them, come to our facilities and enjoy.