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Surfing: An Illustrated History of the Coolest Sport of All Time

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Surfing enthusiast Ben Marcus takes you as close to the waves as you can get without hitting the beach.
 
Surfing is more than just a sport; it is a cultural phenomenon. From its mystical beginnings in Polynesia, surfing has evolved into a worldwide passion, establishing its own roster of legends and seeping into our society—in movies, in fashion, in music, and in language. Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, the “father of surfing,” helped elevate the sport beyond its Pacific Islands origins more than a century ago, and his torch has been carried on by a long line of surf heroes: Woody Brown, Mickey Dora, Laird Hamilton, Kelly Slater, and many, many others.
 
During the 1950s and 1960s, surf culture and fashion exploded into movies and music. “Gidget,” the Beach Boys, and even Elvis Presley exposed surfing to the masses, and decades later, the sport and its proponents remain fixtures in pop culture and the media. Yet, through the years, surfing has maintained its reputation as a refuge for non-conformists; its often below-the-radar individualistic lifestyle defies a dry chronicle neatly tied up with a bow.
 
In this comprehensive history of surfing, author Ben Marcus captures the glamour and excitement of this extreme sport. If you are still in awe of that first surfboard, still stoked by hanging ten, or still dreaming of that elusive wave, then this book is for you. Surfing: An Illustrated History of the Coolest Sport of All Time brings you up close and personal to the exciting world of surfing.

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From its Polynesian origins to the multi-billion-dollar industry of today, Surfing celebrates the sport and all its trappings through lively text and glorious imagery.

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Ben Marcus (Malibu, CA) is a stoked surfer who grew up in the waves of Santa Cruz and Malibu. He served 10 years as associate editor at Surfer magazine and is a freelance writer for The Surfer’s Journal. Ben is the author of The Surfboard, Surfing and the Meaning of Life, The Surfing Handbook, and several other surf books.

www.benmarcusrules.com

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Surfing is more than just a sport; it is a cultural phenomenon, a worldwide passion that infuses our films, fashion, music, and language. Hawai'ian Duke Kahanamoku, the “father of surfing,” helped elevate the sport beyond its Polynesian origins, and his torch has been carried on by a long line of surfing legends: Woody Brown, Mickey Dora, Laird Hamilton, Kelly Slater, and many, many others.
 
During the 1950s and 1960s, surf culture exploded into movies and music. Gidget, the Beach Boys, and even Elvis Presley brought surfing to the masses. Decades later, the sport and its proponents remain fixtures in our society.
 
In this fresh and colorful look at surfing’s history and characters, author Ben Marcus captures the glamour and excitement of this extreme sport, complemented by hundreds of photos, artwork, and memorabilia. If you are still in awe of that first surfboard, still stoked by hanging ten, or still dreaming of that elusive wave, then this book is for you.
 
About the Author
Ben Marcus is a stoked surfer who grew up in the waves of Santa Cruz and Malibu. He served 10 years as associate editor at Surfer magazine and is a freelance writer for The Surfer’s Journal. Ben is the author of The Surfboard, The Surfing Handbook, The Skateboard,and several other surf books. He lives in Malibu, California.

About the Author

Malibu, CA

Table of Contents

Foreword 19
Chapter 1 Catching the First Waves
From Polynesia with Love • The Dawn of Time to 1940
Chapter 2 From Here to Honolulu
Discovering the Secrets of the Sea • The World War II Years
Chapter 3 The Golden Years
From the Fall of Hitler to the Rise of Gidget • 1946 to 1959
Chapter 4 The Surfer Stomp
A Rock’n’Roll Soundtrack to the Waves • 1959 to 1967
Chapter 5 Blue Screen
Hollywood Exploits Surfing—and Vice Versa • The 1920s to Today
Chapter 6 Going Vertical
The Parallel Ascent of Kelly Slater and the Surf Industrial Complex • The 1980s and 1990s
Chapter 7 The Sport of Queens
Gidget Kicks Ass • From Ancient Hawai’i to Blue Crush and Beyond
Chapter 8 Monster
Surfing’s Twenty-First-Century Man • The 1990s to Today
Epilogue: Something Wild
The Wave of Surf Culture • Through the Centuries
Acknowledgments and Sources
Index 206
About the Author 208

Product Details

ISBN:
9780760344514
Author:
Marcus, Ben
Publisher:
MVP Books
Author:
Pezman, Steve
Subject:
SURF+
Subject:
Surfers
Subject:
Waves
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Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130331
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
225 color and 33 b/w photos
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
10.88 x 9.25 in

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"Synopsis" by ,

From its Polynesian origins to the multi-billion-dollar industry of today, Surfing celebrates the sport and all its trappings through lively text and glorious imagery.

"Synopsis" by ,

Ben Marcus (Malibu, CA) is a stoked surfer who grew up in the waves of Santa Cruz and Malibu. He served 10 years as associate editor at Surfer magazine and is a freelance writer for The Surfer’s Journal. Ben is the author of The Surfboard, Surfing and the Meaning of Life, The Surfing Handbook, and several other surf books.

www.benmarcusrules.com

"Synopsis" by ,
Surfing is more than just a sport; it is a cultural phenomenon, a worldwide passion that infuses our films, fashion, music, and language. Hawai'ian Duke Kahanamoku, the “father of surfing,” helped elevate the sport beyond its Polynesian origins, and his torch has been carried on by a long line of surfing legends: Woody Brown, Mickey Dora, Laird Hamilton, Kelly Slater, and many, many others.
 
During the 1950s and 1960s, surf culture exploded into movies and music. Gidget, the Beach Boys, and even Elvis Presley brought surfing to the masses. Decades later, the sport and its proponents remain fixtures in our society.
 
In this fresh and colorful look at surfing’s history and characters, author Ben Marcus captures the glamour and excitement of this extreme sport, complemented by hundreds of photos, artwork, and memorabilia. If you are still in awe of that first surfboard, still stoked by hanging ten, or still dreaming of that elusive wave, then this book is for you.
 
About the Author
Ben Marcus is a stoked surfer who grew up in the waves of Santa Cruz and Malibu. He served 10 years as associate editor at Surfer magazine and is a freelance writer for The Surfer’s Journal. Ben is the author of The Surfboard, The Surfing Handbook, The Skateboard,and several other surf books. He lives in Malibu, California.
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