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18/11/2018


The Code
AUTHOR: Shaun Tomson. The twelve stories in this book, taken from Shaun Tomson’s own life experiences in and out of the surfing world, offer the simple message 'I Will' as a model to face life’s challenges and help you achieve your goals. All you need is to be encouraged to find your voice and commit yourself to positive values. The stories resonate with positivity and hope for the future, and are infused with the belief that even in the darkest time, light shines ahead to show you the way forward.
 
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16/11/2018


Life of Brine, A Surfer's Journey
AUTHOR: Phil Jarratt. Covering 40 years of surf culture, Australian writer Phil Jarratt rides a wave of nostalgia seamlessly from the 1960s to recent times, from one side of the Pacific to the other, from the cold Southern Ocean to the warm Java Sea, from Bali to Biarritz and many points in between. Jarratt pulls no punches and spares no reputations as he interprets surfing's journey from slightly spooky sidebar cult to billion dollar industry. Written with great affection, these are the reflections of a lifelong surfer whose pursuit of waves has governed his life, been his succour in times of need and has placed him in the middle of many of the most exciting episodes in surfing's history. This is a book that will be devoured by all surfers, and appreciated by those who aspire to the lifestyle. In A Life of Brine, Phil spans the innocence of his early days learning to surf in the 1960s on the beautiful Australian coast through the decades of encounters with surfing's greats including Kelly Slater (US), Shane Dorian (Hi), Gerry Lopez (Hi), Rory Russell (Hi), Miki Dora (US), Rell Sunn (Hi), Reno Abellira (Hi), Corky Carroll (US), Jeff Hakman (Hi), and Shaun Tomson (SA) at the world's hottest surfing spots. Through wild times in the 70s, 80s and 90s, Phil relates the heady days of drugs and copious alcohol, including a night spent with Hunter S Thompson in San Francisco that did nothing to halt his obsession with excess. Celebrities such as Bill Murray, Jack Johnson, Dan Hicks, Pamela Anderson and Grace Slick all feature in this colourful, excessive life that's always had surfing at its core
 
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31/03/2018


Operation Playboy
AUTHOR: Kathryn Bonella. Sex. Drugs. Danger. Death. This is the adrenaline-pumping story of the world's most audacious drug runners and the police hunt, 'Operation Playboy', to track them down. These drug-running playboys travel the globe: they ski in Europe, surf in Bali, hook up with celebrity models and live in five-star hotels. They are 24/7 party boys with brass balls, steely nerves and reckless ambitions. They pay for their high-risk, hedonistic lifestyle by trafficking cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana on international flights and through the world's biggest airports. But to ride the wave you have to roll the dice. And in this game a bust means prison - or even a firing squad. A Brazilian cop is watching closely, determined to close the net. With a small team, he battles corrupt colleagues and bent judges to learn the secrets of the playboys and bring about their downfall. Celebrated true-crime writer and journalist Kathryn Bonella has travelled the world to collect first-person testimony from an international network of mules and their bosses, as well as from the elite cops who are hot on their trail. The result is a page-turning, white-knuckle thriller - the true story of a manhunt codenamed OPERATION PLAYBOY.
 
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31/03/2018


The Last Long Drop
AUTHOR: Mike Safe. A rollicking novel of surf and celebrity, The Last Long Drop is a wild ride through the volatile world of killer waves and tabloid sensations, where any mess-up may be your last. When Johno Harcourt is shown the door at his high-profile newspaper job, he finds himself on the wrong side of fifty, pondering what to do with the rest of his life. While his go-getting wife and over-achieving children are otherwise occupied, he whiles away summer days surfing and playing funky music with his odd-bod gang of mates – that is, until he lands the prize job of ghostwriting the autobiography of Australia’s veteran movie megastar, Mike Vargas. Charismatic, confident and still a mad keen surfer, Vargas wins over Harcourt as they spend hours catching waves and drinking together while the screen legend tells of his ever-eventful life. But as Harcourt digs deeper, secrets from Vargas’s distant past suddenly emerge, forcing him to realise there’s a darker side to the star he thought he knew, but doesn’t.
 
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25/04/2017


Amazing Surfing Stories
Author: Alex Wade. Amazing Surf Stories is an eclectic mix of exciting stories every surfer will love. This eclectic mix has something for everyone, from classic tales of monster waves and epic battles to stories of when life among the breakers goes wrong. There are accounts of death and disaster, as well as bravery and triumph. The bizarre and the extreme rub shoulders with perfect breaks and beautiful beaches. Be thrilled by legendary surfers like Laird Hamilton and Shane Dorian as well as learning about local heroes who never made the headlines. Epic battles among pros like Rob Machado and Kelly Slater are recounted alongside stories of weird waves and secret surf spots. There are fascinating encounters with surfing’s true characters, men like Dave Rastovich and big wave world record holder Garrett McNamara; appearances by deadly sharks; stories of big wave surfing by night; and an account of how Agatha Christie’s famous disappearance for 11 days in December 1926 might just have been because she was on a surf trip. Travel from giants like California’s Maverick’s and Maui’s Jaws to tales of Dungeons, dolphins and the derring-do of a man like Colonel ‘Mad Jack’ Churchill. Turn the pages to flick between the left and rights of Britain, Europe, USA, Australia and many strange places in between. Each compelling tale has been chosen to stoke the fire of armchair surfers and hardcore wave-riders alike, and some are illustrated with colour photographs.
 
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17/04/2017


Kiteboarding with Tuckey the Nantucket Whale
AUTHOR: Robert Cameron and Illustrated by Rod Cole. One for the little kiteboarders or kiteboarders to be. Not that you are trying to influence there future interests that is....but it doesnt hurt to help them dream.
 
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14/04/2017


Barbarian Days 'A Surfing Life'
Author: William Finnegan. Barbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter. Barbarian Days takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses—off the coasts of New York and San Francisco. It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships forged in challenging waves. Finnegan shares stories of life in a whites-only gang in a tough school in Honolulu. He shows us a world turned upside down for kids and adults alike by the social upheavals of the 1960s. He details the intricacies of famous waves and his own apprenticeships to them. Youthful folly—he drops LSD while riding huge Honolua Bay, on Maui—is served up with rueful humor. As Finnegan’s travels take him ever farther afield, he discovers the picturesque simplicity of a Samoan fishing village, dissects the sexual politics of Tongan interactions with Americans and Japanese, and navigates the Indonesian black market while nearly succumbing to malaria. Throughout, he surfs, carrying readers with him on rides of harrowing, unprecedented lucidity. Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little-understood art.
 
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26/12/2016


To the Four Corners of the World: The Lost Journals of the Original Surf Explorer
Peter Troy's travels are the stuff of surf legend. An original and influential figure in the early days at Bells Beach, Troy left Australia in 1963 and roamed the planet with surfboard under arm, from Europe to Hawaii, South America to Africa, introducing surfing to Brazil and discovering untold perfect waves, like Nias off the coast of Sumatra. He was a pioneer, comparing lugging his balsa longboard around the globe to travelling with a grand piano. But his surfboard was his letter of introduction and his trail-blazing adventures etched his name into surfing folklore, inspiring a generation to look beyond their local beach. He documented every step of his remarkable journey in letters home, which remained undiscovered until his untimely death in 2008. This is his story.
 
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26/06/2016


Air
AUTHOR: Lisa Glass. The long awaited follow up to Blue........Last year, one amazing summer was enough to turn Iris's world upside down. She met the boy of her dreams, the super talented Zeke, and the two of them set off on a pro-surfing adventure around the globe. Now, one week in Miami could be enough to tear her life apart. When Iris and Zeke take a break from competitions to relax on South Beach, Iris feels more than just the draw of the surf pulling Zeke away from her. Something's not right, and soon Iris will have to decide if she and Zeke are really the best thing for each other after all.
 
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02/05/2016


The Surfing Animals Alphabet
AUTHOR: Jonas Claesson. This is a beautiful book for the little surf dudes in your life. Beautifully written and illustrated.
 
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10/04/2016


Girl in the Curl: A Century of Women in Surfing
AUTHOR: Andrea Gabbard. The first illustrated history of women surfers, Girl in the Curl captures an important and overlooked part of the sport's past in gorgeous color photos. From rising Australian star Layne Beachley to two-time world champion Lisa Anderson, many of today's hottest surfers are women. But female surfers have been integral to the sport from the beginning. Author Andrea Gabbard explores 100 years of women in surfing, offering portraits of famous wave-riders and anecdotes of surf culture
 
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30/03/2016


Distant Shores 'Surfing the Ends of the Earth'
Chris Burkard's photographs are punctuated by energized landscapes and moments of bliss, by adventure seeking and the lifestyle that it encompasses, and by movement and intuitive light-working capabilities. With a love of the ocean, Chris Burkard has consistently captured this subject in timeless and expansive photographic impressions, utilizing surfing to approach the ocean's intricate personality and then extending out to include the human personalities that draw meaning from this same source. Searching for wild, remote destinations and offbeat landscapes, portraying the humble placement of the human in contrast to nature. Chris Burkard at age 26, has spent the last eight years seeking out remote surf in the most rugged conditions in the world. In the process, he has established himself as a major photographer in the surf and outdoor community. Chris Burkard spends part of his time as senior staff photographer for Surfer magazine and contributes regularly to various international publications and companies such as Patagonia.
 
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06/10/2015


Surfer Girls in the New World Order
AUTHOR: Krista Comer. Surfer Girls in the New World Order explores surfing as a local and global subculture, looking at how surfing has affected girls and how the culture of surfing has been affected by girls, from baby boomers to members of Generation Y.Krista Comer's analysis encompasses the mostly American middle-class women who come to Las Olas, a surf camp in Sayulita, Mexico, the women of Sayulita who work in the service industries supporting tourism, and the Mexican women and girl "surfistas." It includes a write-in candidate for mayor of San Diego, whose political activism grew out of surfing and a desire to protect threatened ecosystems of surf spots; the owners of the girl-focused Paradise Surf Shop in Santa Cruz and Surf Diva in San Diego; and the observant Muslim woman who started a business from her Huntington Beach home, selling swimsuits that fully cover the body and head. Comer examines texts such as the Roxy Girl series of novels sponsored by the surf wear company Quiksilver, the biography of the champion surfer Lisa Anderson, the Gidget novels and films, the movie "Blue Crush," and "Surf Diva: A Girl's Guide to Getting Good Waves." She develops the concept of "girl localism" to argue that the experience of fighting for waves and respect in male-majority surf breaks, along with advocating for the health and sustainable development of coastal towns and waterways, has empowered surfer girls around the world.
 
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06/10/2015


Let My People Go Surfing : The Education of a Reluctant Businessman
AUTHOR: Yvon Chouinard. In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.-shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian blacksmith to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport's equipment, "Let My People Go Surfing" is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life-a book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
 
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17/07/2015


Tripping Yarns
AUTHOR: Monty Webber. Monty Webber introduces us to some of the most memorable characters and experiences of his life. At the root of each of these fables, is a core of humanity, though not everybody will be able to find it. A compilation of twenty one stories about chasing waves, chasing drugs and chasing girls. Whether these stories are real with the names changed to protect the innocent, or as the title portrays, complete yarns....they are definitely dark moral less tales that make for good reading and contemplation.
 
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14/07/2015


Liquid Comfort - A Surf Story
AUTHOR: Cheryl Lee Petro. FICTION. Sometimes the ocean hands you an unexpected wave. Travis Kelly wants nothing more than to win the world surfing championship and show up his rival, Kane, but when a horrible accident leaves him disabled, he finds himself floating in a world of misery. Surfing was his life. How will he cope? By drowning his sorrows in alcohol, he runs the risk of following in his dead-beat brother’s footsteps—a path of addiction he despises, yet seems drawn toward. Adrift in a sea of self-destruction, Travis struggles between what makes the pain disappear, and what the surfer really wants—the ocean, the girl, and the union of his family. With a touch of Hawaiian culture, Liquid Comfort is a stirring tale of surf, addiction, determination and unconditional love. Hang on for a gnarly ride! There are many forms of comfort. Some will drown you. Others will keep you afloat.
 
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14/07/2015


The Lost Coast: Stories from the Surf
AUTHOR: Drew Kampion, Jeff Peterson. The Lost Coast: Stories from the Surf is a collection of eighteen stories that offer a rare and raw glimpse into surf life-from sliding into cold, stiff neoprene at 4 AM to experiencing the ecstasy of a curling cresting wall of water. With pacing that ranges from a swift smooth paddle to a gnarly ride, these stories-most of which have been published over the past thirty years-capture the spirit that gave rise to a culture of surf on the "sweet and ragged wild edge of beauty."
 
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21/06/2015


Kitesurfing In The Waves: The Complete Guide
AUTHORS: Kristen Boese and Christian Spreckles. Let eight-time world champion kitesurfer Kristin Boese and Christian Spreckels take you to the next level and into the thrill of the waves. Hundreds of dramatic step-by-step action photographs take you into the surf and introduce basic tricks like the cut back and olly, before you move on to more advanced tricks like riding a barrel. Each trick is not only shown with breathtaking photography, but with the added bonus of expert advice on learning each manoeuvre. Kitesurfing in the Waves includes: •Wind and waves •Choice of location •Safety •Tips on training •Starting and riding •Turning manoeuvres •Basics for kiting in the waves •Surfing basics •Wave manoeuvres/tricks for advanced kiters Kristin and Christian explain the equipment, how to stay safe on the water, weather patterns and wave creation before introducing you to extreme tricks. Take your kitesurfing into the surf and experience bigger waves, longer rides and more impressive tricks.
 
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20/06/2015


Stunno's Surf Adventure
Written by Mark Reside and illustrated by Tina Jacobson. In the engaging children’s picture book "Stunno’s Surf Adventure," longtime surfing aficionado Mark Reside reveals some of the lure and lingo of a sport that leaves its participants yearning for just one more chance to seek out a monster set, smack the lip, and enter the green room. The story begins when Stunno, the surfing echidna (that’s a spiny anteater to non-Aussies), arrives at his favorite beach only to see that the water is "flat" – no surf. He can’t catch a wave, so he drives up the coast and soon finds himself rewarded for his efforts with a huge inviting ground swell. An excerpt from the book reads as follows: Yeoww! Made it to the reef in perfect time. A huge ground swell, the waves look prime. The wind’s offshore and the tides are right. A wicked day’s surfing now firmly in sight. Offset by Tina Jacobson’s colorful and captivating illustrations, Stunno’s adventures in rhyme both engage and inspire, and the book concludes with a helpful glossary that defines the different terminology surfers use. For more info visit www.stunno.com.au
 
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15/06/2015


Mr Sunset: The Jeff Hackman Story
Author: Phil Jarratt. The remarkable, true story of surfing legend Jeff Hakman, Mr. Sunset lyrically captures the camaraderie, adventure, and innocence of the surfing subculture in its formative years. A heartfelt biography which presents an insider's view of the Californian and Hawaiian surf culture in a way it's never before been told. With 200 photos.
 
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