Surfing Illustrated

Surfing Illustrated : A Visual Guide to Wave Riding

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Expert instruction you need to take your skills from kook to boss
Author John Robison uses hundreds of pictures--
comical, cartoon-like drawings--to clearly illustrate
every aspect of surfing: wave dynamics, riding techniques,
etiquette, logistics, and more. This entertaining,
easy-to-understand visual presentation makes it easy
for you to pick up his techniques and use them
on the waves. Robison covers every aspect of the
sport, from paddling out through the surf zone and
catching and riding that first wave to nose riding, acrobatics,
shortboard riding, and to equipment repairs.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 185.42 x 228.6 x 12.7mm | 294.83g
  • International Marine Publishing Co
  • Rockport, ME, United States
  • English
  • ill
  • 007147742X
  • 9780071477420
  • 37,608

About John Robison

John Robison is a committed surfer and the
author of the successful and similarly formatted Sea Kayaking Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Better Paddling.
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Table of contents

1. Surfboards and Surfers
2. Waves
3. Shoreline Dynamics
4. The Physics of Surfing
5. Surf Etiquette
6. Paddling
7. Reading and Catching Waves
8. Standing Up and Steering
9. Surf Adventures
10. Surfer and Surfboard Repair: first aid for you and your board
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Rating details

71 ratings
4.43 out of 5 stars
5 56% (40)
4 31% (22)
3 13% (9)
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Our customer reviews

There\'s plenty of how-to-surf books. Robison\'s \"Surfing Illustrated\" is unique in combining simple, highly informative line drawings that do most of the work. The text is more than adequate, but it\'s carefully arranged on the page to fit the drawings and is written to fit the drawings, too. The combination of drawings and text is engaging in a way that few how-to books can match. Robison entirely escapes the curse of greyish black-and-white photos that don\'t quite illustrate what the text is trying to say, not to mention that it escapes the curse of gorgeous color photos (and maybe colored paper) that overwhelms the text--the coffee-table book effect. The thought that\'s gone into Robison\'s drawings becomes evident as you get into the book. The basics of waves and beaches are explained competently and memorably. A two-page spread showing \"the types of surfing breaks\" is classic, as is a chutes-and-ladders version of how to get from the parking lot to \"Outside\"--that is, outside the breaking waves, the Impact Zone, the Soup Zone, and the Shorebreak, each of which can slide you back down a chute. There\'s also ladders: lull in shorebreak, catch ripcurrent out, paddle in channel between peaks\". I\'ve never seen anything like that drawing anywhere else, except maybe in one of Bob Penuelas\'s Wilbure Kookmeyer cartoons (which Robison acknowledges as inspiration). Robison is big on practicalities. His two pages on surfboard wax will save your car\'s dashboard; pages on etiquette and safety will save lots of trouble. Same for the eleven ways to wipe out. How to turn your surfboard. And much, much more, all easy to understand and digest. Robison\'s explanations of shorebreak and things like \"undertow\" are quite accurate, though what he calls undertow would be backwash to a coastal geomorphologist like Robert Brander or a coastal scientist like Tony Butt (both are authors of fine recent books, which were probably not available to Robison). There\'s lots of how-to-surf books available. \"Wingnut\'s Complete Surfing\" from the same publisher (2009) would be a good followup to Robison, maybe also Elliiott Almond\'s \"Surfing: mastering waves from basic to intermediate\" (also 2009).show more
by David Martin
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