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The complete guide to surfing
Dixon, Peter L.
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Publication Information:
Guilford, CT : Lyons Press, 2001.
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xv, 208 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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GV840.S8 D515 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GV840.S8 D515 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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With its comprehensive text and brilliant full-colour photos, The Complete Guide to Surfing clearly and vividly explains the world of surfing. Here is everything you need to paddle out and join in. Veteran surfing writer and California surfing pioneer Peter Dixon takes the reader step by step through basics such as choosing the right board, reading waves, paddling out, and from making your first ride through intermediate and advanced techniques. You'll learn the subtleties of board design, etiquette on the waves, safety manoeuvres, how to deal with the inevitable wipeout and other hazards, moves to add power and grace to your rides, and tips on dealing with - and maybe riding - the really big waves. Here also is detailed expert advice on body-surfing and bodyboarding, and stories of surfing adventures in exotic locations around the world. The Complete Guide to Surfing also provides a loving portrait of the sport, from its humble beginnings to its resurgence at the beginning of the last century to the world's stage today.

Author Notes

Peter Dixon has been surfing for more than five decades and is recognized around the world as one of the foremost authorities, as well as one of the best instructors, of the sport. He has surfed both coasts of the United States, in Mexico, El Salvador, Hawaii, Fiji, Portugal, and Puerto Rico. A television, magazine, and screenwriter, and a former editor of Surfing Illustrated, his articles have appeared in such magazines as Sports Illustrated, Surfer, and Life. A founding member of the Surfers' Medical Association, he lives and surfs in Malibu, California

Table of Contents

Mark "Doc Hazard" Renneker
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
1. Surfing's Rich Legacyp. 3
2. Let's Go Surfingp. 27
3. Wavesp. 49
4. Bigger Waves, Better Rides: Intermediate Skillsp. 67
5. Safetyp. 91
6. Gearp. 111
7. The Big Surfp. 131
8. Bodysurfingp. 151
9. Bodyboardingp. 167
10. The Future of Surfingp. 185
Resourcesp. 191
Glossaryp. 197
Indexp. 201