I have always loved books. I have always loved the sea. Then i fell in love with surfing and all sports related. Put all of the above combined, and what do you get? A huge collection of books about Surfing, the ocean, and how they relate to life in general. Whether it is holiday time, whether you are traveling, or whether you simply just want to disconnect, hopefully, one of the following suggestions will do the job for you:
Let My People Go Surfing (Yvon Chouinard)- For the ethical businessman/woman
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.
The Tricktionary (Windsurfing & Kiteboarding) – For the dedicated
The Tricktionary was the first modern book of tricks that came out for windsurfing, explaining in detail basic moves such as beach starts and jibes, going up to crazy freestyle moves.
The Kiteboarding version followed not too long after. Reality is that they were published before WiFi and effortless streaming, but it doesn’t hurt to have one of these books lying around your living room, putting everything into context.
Mine (James Russel) – For the deep adventurers
I had no idea what to expect when i signed up as an Advancer Reader of this book. It was also the first audio book i ever listened to, so i plugged in my earphones and expected to fall asleep pretty soon. Well this book kept me up until 3:30 in the morning! If you seek genuine adventure and thrill, seek no more.
Mine (James Russel) – For the architect / interior designer
Do you like anything surf related? Do you like houses? This book will travel you to all the corners of the world, introducing you to various styles, sizes and values of the houses of surfers, famous or not.
Kaimiloa (Andres Cosarinsky) – For kids that love the ocean
A great book that explains all about ocean physics: How waves are made, tides, the ecosystem. A book that is written for kids, but trust me, you will probably not know half of the facts it covers!
West of Jesus (Steven Kotler) – For hope, philosophical thought, and post-injury motivation.
Nothing to do with Jesus, but religion. The religion of surfing. A survivor of lyme disease, finds the will to claim back his life and to make a comeback, through surfing.
At the same time he starts exploring the spiritual aspect of it, and searches for answers.
Waves and beaches (Kim Mc Coy) – For the scientist
First published in 1963, this classic was an essential handbook for anyone who studies, surfs, protects, or is fascinated by the ocean.
The Old man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway) – The classic
This short novel is the amazing and tragic story of a Cuban fisherman in the Gulf Stream and the giant fish he catches and what happens next. Throughout the novel you will experience his struggles, hopes, despair. Is this simple novel an allegory of life itself? Critics argue. Lets see how it works for you!
Surfer’s Code (Shaun Tomson) – For the philosopher
World champion surfer Shaun Tomson shares the life lessons he’s gathered from decades of surfing-from his early adventures in South Africa and being part of the world surfing tour in the 70’s. For the author, surfing is more than a hobby, a sport, a religion or an obsession. It is a way of life