Surfing is not just a sport, it’s a culture, and books are the best way to learn about the history and lifestyle that surrounds this incredible passion. That’s why, on World Book Day, I’ve compiled a list of the best books for surfers you must read if you’re an aspiring surfer, adventurous traveler, or a history buff who’s passionate about the sport. From memoirs to Stormrider guides, we’ve got it all, so let’s dive in.
The best books for surfers you’ll want to read
1. A History of Surf Culture – Drew Kampion & Bruce Brown
“A History of Surf Culture” offers an in-depth look at the evolution of surf culture, from its early origins in Hawaii to its mainstream popularity in California and beyond. Kampion’s expertise as a writer and editor, along with Brown’s extensive experience as a filmmaker and surfer, make for a comprehensive and engaging reading. Through stories, photographs, and personal accounts, the book captures the essence of surf culture and its enduring appeal. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in the history of surfing and its impact on modern culture.
2. Kelly Slater: For the Love – Kelly Slater & Phil Jarrat
Kelly Slater is without a doubt one of the most famous surfers of all time, and his memoir, “For the Love”, is a captivating read that takes you through his life, from his childhood passion for the sport to his world championship titles. It’s an inspiring and insightful book that any surf fan should have on their bookshelf.
3. The History of Surfing – Matt Warshaw
If you’re looking for a comprehensive book that covers the entire history of surfing, then “The History of Surfing” is the one for you. Matt Warshaw is an expert in the sport and has written extensively about it, so this book is both informative and entertaining.
4. Vintage Surfing – Jim Heimann
“Vintage Surfing” is a collection of photographs from the 1960s and 70s, a period widely considered the golden era of surf culture. Jim Heimann brings to life the raw and untamed spirit of those times through these stunning photos, which make for a visual feast.
5. The World Stormrider Guide
This is the ultimate guidebook for surfers who want to explore the best waves in the world. It covers over 200 surf spots across 80 countries, providing useful information on wave conditions, local culture, accommodations, and more. Whether you’re planning your next surf trip or just dreaming about it, “The World Stormrider Guide” is a must-have.
6. The Stormrider Guide Europe
For those who want to explore the best surf spots in Europe, “The Stormrider Guide Europe” is the perfect guidebook. It covers over 700 surf spots, ranging from well-known destinations such as France and Portugal to lesser-known locations in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. It’s a comprehensive and informative book that any European surf adventurer should have on their shelf.
7. Stoked: A History of Surf Culture – Drew Kampion & Bruce Brown
“Stoked” is an entertaining and informative book that covers the history of surf culture from the early days to the modern era. It features interviews with some of the most influential surfers and personalities in the sport and provides a compelling narrative of how surfing became what it is today.
8. Distant Shores: Surfing the End of the Earth – Chris Burkard
Chris Burkhard is a renowned surf photographer, and in this book, he takes the reader on a journey to some of the most remote and inhospitable surf spots in the world. It’s a captivating and visually striking book that will inspire any adventurous surfer.
Want another surf book suggestion for this World Book Day?
There you have it, the best books for surfers suggestions for World Book Day. Whether you’re a hardcore surfer, a casual beachgoer, or just someone who loves a good adventure story, these books will transport you to the exhilarating world of surf culture. So, grab one of them, find a shady spot on the beach, and get lost in the pages. You won’t regret it!
In the meanwhile, let me know in the comments below what you think about this post and if you know any other good surf books that should be in this list.