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Surf's Up: The Girl's Guide to Surfing Kindle Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

A surfer and writer from Sydney, Australia, Southerden speaks from the point of view of a woman who taught herself to surf without how-to guides and magazines to aid her. She learned the sport comparatively late in life, at age 24, and at a time when there were more sharks in the water than women. She wore wetsuits designed for men, surfed at non-crowded breaks at undesirable times and had no female pros to model her riding after. The author wants the next generation of wave riders to learn from her novice mistakes; she also hopes to give girls the early confidence that she lacked. "You can't learn to surf from a book!" she acknowledges early on, and no one should expect to. But readers can learn drills to practice on days the ocean is flat, techniques to test the next time they paddle out to the lineup and the kind of information (the correct way to attach your leash, how to tell if you're regular- or goofy footed, how to select the right swimsuit) that is otherwise gained only by years of experience. She tackles girl-specific issues most learn-to-surf manuals neglect. ("My boobs get squished when I paddle my board"; "Do girls need different surfboards?") and peppers the guide with tips on surf etiquette and advice from female pros. The research text at the end of the book provides a comprehensive list of women's surf organizations, camps and contests, as well as a dictionary of surf terms to help newbie surfers learn the lingo, maneuvers and equipment they'll need to look and sound like a pro. If you've always wanted to learn how to surf, but don't have an experienced friend to learn the ropes from, consider this progress-at-your-own-pace book your safety vest.
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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up -This manual includes a history of women in the sport, information on current champions, and plenty of black-and-white photos to help girls get up and go on a surfboard. It is more detailed and gives substantially more instruction than Sanoe Lake and Steven Jarrett's Surfer Girl(Little, Brown, 2005). Southerden describes how to read the weather and wave shapes, and presents quite a bit of advanced instruction and tips, such as "dropping in" on someone while catching a wave. She also addresses sensitive issues women may face while surfing. The author's encouraging tone and the experts' anecdotes sprinkled throughout the book will comfort novices, and there is plenty of advanced information for experienced surfers. With lists of organizations, schools and camps, and shops (all slightly biased toward the West Coast and Hawaii), this book will be a popular choice where interest in this sport is high.-Karen Hoth, Marathon Middle/High School, FL
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Product Details

  • File Size: 6691 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (January 16, 2009)
  • Publication Date: January 21, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001PSEQP6
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ronald F. Dimauro on May 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my 11 yr old daughter who started surfing with me a couple of years ago. When she was finished, I read this book to see how it was. It was one of the best surf books I ever read. I think that the fact that it was geared towards women by a women, it made it more relaxed and fun. We (men) tend to get to serious and lose the point of it. Anyway, Louise (the author) was playful as well as insightful. You can tell by this book that Louise really loves surfing and her whole souful lifestyle. Her kind and warm personality shown through by her writing.

I would highly reccogmend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to surf or just be part of the relaxed surf culture.

P.S. I bought a copy for myself and refer to it all the time. Great job Louise. I am now a big fan of yours. Aloha

Ron DiMauro
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jethrie A. Alfau on April 5, 2008
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I'm 30 years old female and new to surfing i bought this book before i started my first surf lesson and really help me a lot. This a great book,
i seriously recommend it for begginers any age, is very well detailed and many helpfull tips..
If you get this book you wont regret it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Haumueller on June 6, 2005
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this is an excellent book for surfers of any level, but focuses on beginners. There's a great history of women in surfing and profiles of today's up and comers. The book is well written and well designed, there are great photographs throughout. I wish I would have had this book when I started surfing, I had to learn the hard way! It's great to see the women of surfing getting the attention they deserve.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christen Powell-Essinger on November 21, 2007
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This book is the most detailed guide I've found for surfing. The Surf Diva guide is also very good but not as detailed and informative as this book. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D'amit on October 29, 2008
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I have read this book, time and again and in my opinion contrary to what the title suggests this book is equally useful for guys as well as girls.

Well written, nice pictures and comments from pro surfers. It does deal with some of girl specific issues which either guys can ignore or appreciate.

It will definitely be useful for a beginner or heck even an intermediate surfer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By reader1 on September 13, 2010
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The book is a great intro for the beginner surfer. It packs in a lot of info and is much more informative compared to other surf books that I purchased. It contains info on websites for additional information, and on surfing clubs. You can tell that the author is enthusiastic and loves surfing.
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This is cheesy, I know, but this book brings me joy. I just started surfing this summer and was constantly asking tons of questions. This book lays out all you want to know. I got up to "turns" which I'm by far no where near yet but enjoyed the 2/3rds I read. I'm definitely still a noob but I see things now going out I didn't notice those first few days to look for.

I felt a little cliche reading a book for girls, gotta say, but the tips ARE helpful. I have thick curly hair. YES putting conditioner in does help me detangle later! Just stupid things like that where you want to roll your eyes that it's towards girls but you actually find the tips really useful.
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