Art of the Surfboard

Art of the Surfboard

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One of the greatest surfers of all time, Greg Noll has built a considerable reputation as master of surfboard making, or "shaping." Today, collectors and surfers alike prize his unique brand of board. Recently featured in the award-winning documentary feature, Riding Giants, "Da Bull," in his iconic black-and-white striped trunks, was emblematic of big surf and fearless commitment. In addition to being a pioneer of big-wave surfing, surf movies, and surf magazines, by the mid-1960s, Noll was one of the largest surfboard manufacturers in the world.
Now living in Crescent City, California, Noll still shapes twelve boards a year out of old-growth salvage woods-replicas of Duke Kahanamoku's olo and other exotica for collectors. The Art of the Surfboard combines the art of building extraordinary surfboards with fascinating surfing history and photography. It's a must-have for surfers and surfing history buffs of any age.
The Art of the Surfboard includes:
A biographical introduction to Greg Noll
A concise history of the evolution of surfboards and construction techniques from ancient Hawaii to the modern era
Descriptive step-by-step photo sequences with explanatory text on building balsa, foam, and classic wooden surfboards
A chronological gallery of Greg Noll surfboards, vintage 1950 to 2005, featuring photographs, action shots, commentary from surfers and shapers, and from Greg himself on the boards and their eras
Portraits of several important Greg Noll surfboard collectors and their collections, with accompanying bios and information on the boards
A guide to the various Greg Noll surfboard labels and the years each was used
Illustrated throughout with action surf shots taken by some of surfing's master photographers
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 251.5 x 256.5 x 27.9mm | 1,247.39g
  • Gibbs M. Smith Inc
  • Layton, United States
  • English
  • 1586857762
  • 9781586857769
  • 686,879

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Every surfboard is a reservoir of potential-a vehicle that leads its riders to powerful, often life-changing experiences with the sea and with fellow surfers.
Greg Noll: The Art of the Surfboard is a tribute to the life's work of one of the great creative masters of surfboard construction. Part life story, part history, part how-to, and part fine-art portfolio, this book will inspire the surfing enthusiast, the collector, the cultural explorer, and anyone else interested in the artful form of these most eloquent of functional wavecraft.
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These Amazing, Speeding Objects!
The surfboard is both watercraft and work of art. Its sleek curves and lines are designed for high-performance travel upon the dynamic liquid medium of ocean swells and waves.
Greg Noll: The Art of the Surfboard tells the full story of the surfboard as realized through the hands and mind of a sur?ng legend, who has been hand-crafting surfboards for over 55 years. From simple balsa boards built for Malibu's small waves in the 1950s to sleek, streamlined dragsters designed for the giant winter surf on Oahu's North Shore, Greg Noll has lifted the art of the surfboard to a new plane. Utilizing rare and ancient woods (like koa and redwood) he re-creates the classic and important boards from the past.
This is the full story that answers who, how and why as manifested in the life and works of one of surfing's greatest riders and craftsmen.
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