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How to Surf

How to Surf

Review: How to Surf
By Raymond Kilfoil

When my editor asked me to review the book How to Surf I was rather stunned, I mean I’ve been surfing for 23 years, why would I want to read a book about something that I already knew how to do?

Well, needless to say I’ve read the book and to my surprise really enjoyed it and may have even learnt a few new things. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

How to Surf is written by Miles Masterson, who besides having surfed for more than 25 years was also former associate editor of the UK’s Wavelength surf magazine and founded the award-winning blunt magazine in South Africa.

How to Surf brings all the elements of surfing together in an easy to read step-by-step manual, with simple instructions and easy to understand illustrations. And it really did  impress me that instead of using photos, Mile’s made use of brilliant illustrations by artist Stephen Bibb.

What I really enjoyed was that this isn’t simply a book teaching you how to surf it also gives the reader insight and an understanding of the surfer lifestyle.

There are many aspects to surfing and nearly every one of those aspects is covered and once you’ve read this book you should find that you even have a basic understanding of the weather and ocean conditions needed for you to enjoy your surfing experience.  Also covered in this book is everything from the history of surfing to how to do advanced manoeuvres such as aerials and riding the tube.

You will also have a better understanding of surf etiquette and this will definitely improve your chances of having an enjoyable surf once you hit the water.

To my mind surfing has always been something that you teach yourself and there were no how to surf books available when I was growing up (some would argue I’m yet to grow up though).

Had a book been available, this is the book I would have looked out for, and for anyone wanting to take up the sport of surfing or simply improve their style with some classic tips, this book does have the information to give you the edge.

Title: How to Surf

Author: Miles Masterson

Illustrations: Stephen Bibb

Publisher: The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd

Price: R112.00 (Was R140.00)


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