History of Surfing

Author(s): Nat Young


The History of Surfing by world champion surfer Nat Young shares the history, stories, and inside expertise gathered in his years of deep involvement with the sport of surfing. The History of Surfing covers the full gamut, including the history, professionalism, surfboard evolution, professional surfers, the Hawaiian Islands, kneeboards, wave skills, windsurfers, and the future of surfing. Exclusive rare color photos covering surfing's exciting past and present bring to life one of the most exciting and stunningly beautiful sports in the world.
This book is the result of a lifetime of involvement with surfing and a deep interest in its history, and includes Nat's discussions with the greats of the sport, from Duke Kahanmoku to contemporary stars like Kelly Slater and Lisa Anderson.
Illustrating the book are rare reproductions of early Hawaiian and Australian surfing, along with the work of the world's best surf photographers, including portraits of some of the remarkable figures that the sport has seen.
Chapters include:
Surfing Roots
Hawaiian Revival
Heyday of the Hollow Board
Evolution of the Modern Board
The Age of Surf Clubs
Big Waves, Big Boards
The Oz Connection
World Championships
Pocket Rockets and Twin Fins
The Birth of Professionalism
Surfer Girls
Surfing with a Sail


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Nat Young won the world championships in 1966. At that time his new power oriented surfing style was based on surfing a shorter board than was traditionally used. He is credited with starting the style which was the basis for contemporary surfing. Nat lives in Australia

General Fields

  • : 9781423601210
  • : Gibbs Smith, Publisher
  • : Gibbs Smith, Publisher
  • : June 2006
  • : 228mm X 306mm X 15mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

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  • : Paperback
  • : Nat Young