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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Overhead Press (November 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991208803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991208807
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,218,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Professor Kevin Lafferty learned to surf in the 70’s on a beater board in southern California and now lives at his home break in Goleta. He is a marine biologist and has traveled the world doing research, usually with surfboard in tow. He is the faculty adviser to the UC Santa Barbara surf team. As a hobby, he shapes and rides agave and redwood surfboards.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken Weiss on January 7, 2014
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First, there's no need for any more surfers in the lineup. It's already too crowded out there. But if you already surf, or have been bitten by the surf bug or have a child who wants nothing more than paddle out, this book is for you. It offers essential wisdom. The book is written largely for beginners, or at least those who haven't spent decades riding waves, learning from trial and error. That means, by reading it, you can avoid unnecessary dings to your board and bruises to your body or ego. It's not surprising that Kevin Lafferty, a PhD marine biologist and UC Santa Barbara professor, could distill decades of acquired knowledge into a brisk 107 pages -- including a helpful glossary to understand surfer jargon. He offers concise, practical advice on surfing maneuvers, understanding swells and surf breaks, and how to pick an appropriate board, etc. His chapter on surfer etiquette is, as Lafferty points out, his most important. Amen, brother. I wish all surfers would buy this book and read that chapter alone. Hint: It begins on page 41, and explains the basic principles of which surfer has the right of way on a wave, and how to avoid being an obstacle in the path of someone riding a wave, keeping your board under control so it doesn't clobbering someone else or otherwise being a jerk. He even brings up the A word: Apologize, if you make a mistake or drop-in on someone else riding deeper in the wave. The biggest challenge facing 20 million surfers is whether we can all get along. Lafferty handles this well, giving a newbie all of the tools he or she needs to get started. For more experienced surfers, especially those who demonstrate their need for remedial work, I recommend former world champ Shaun Tompson's slender guidebook, "Surfer's Code: 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Dobson on January 1, 2014
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Kevin Lafferty is the consummate professional in everything he does; his attention to detail is formidable and he approaches everything he does as with a deeply inquiring and agile mind. He relaxes by going surfing; either on the beach straight outside his house at Goleta or wherever his researchers as a marine biologists take him. This provides him with both a first hand knowledge of most of the world's best surfing sites and the deep ability as a teacher to explain to others how to get the most our of their boards and their bodies. This knowledge is distilled in this book in way one would distill a fine tequila or a single malt, every drop contains a lot of wisdom and is to be appreciated accordingly! So order a copy, sit and read it in the hours before dawn as the surf is rising and get your aging carcass out their and on the waves using a whole font of totally valuable knowledge!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By solrisa on December 15, 2013
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When learning to surf, there is a lot of stuff that friends and teachers gloss over when they've been doing it a long time. This book covers all kinds of details, such as wetsuits, waves, and what to expect when you first get out on the water. A great gift for anyone interested in surfing.
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