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A Brief History of Surfing: (Surfing Book, Athletic Book, Gifts for Surfers, Beach Book) Hardcover – March 7, 2017

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"Meticulously researched, smartly written, beautifully laid out . . . required reading."
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"Authoritative and gorgeous, Matt Warshaw's
History of Surfing sits alone at the top of its class. The prose is supple, full of subtle pleasures and laughs, the storytelling as fluent and detail-rich as a well-ridden wave. Warshaw's judgments are seasoned by decades of close, hard-headed attention to a subject he could not resist. He had to write this book, and he nails it for the ages."
--William Finnegan, author of
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

"Authoritative and gorgeous, Matt Warshaw's
History of Surfing sits alone at the top of its class. The prose is supple, full of subtle pleasures and laughs, the storytelling as fluent and detail-rich as a well-ridden wave. Warshaw's judgments are seasoned by decades of close, hard-headed attention to a subject he could not resist. He had to write this book, and he nails it for the ages."
--William Finnegan, author of
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

"If for your teens summer means sun and surf, this is the book for them...A Brief History of Surfing covers surfing from its beginnings (pre-1900) to today. Important people, moments in the history of surfing, locations, surfboard development, and more are highlighted in individual entries. The glossy pages, full-page photos, and use of white space enhance the readability of this small, almost square-shaped book. Warshaw is the former editor of Surfing magazine, and his books are considered essential reading on the sport. "
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"If for your teens summer means sun and surf, this is the book for them...A Brief History of Surfing covers surfing from its beginnings (pre-1900) to today. Important people, moments in the history of surfing, locations, surfboard development, and more are highlighted in individual entries. The glossy pages, full-page photos, and use of white space enhance the readability of this small, almost square-shaped book. Warshaw is the former editor of Surfing magazine, and his books are considered essential reading on the sport. "
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Matt Warshaw is the former editor of Surfer magazine and the author of several surf books. He lives in Seattle.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chronicle Books; Abridged edition (March 7, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1452151946
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1452151946
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.57 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.25 x 1 x 8.25 inches
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Matt Warshaw was born in Los Angeles, began riding waves in 1969, and had a brief, undistinguished, resume-padding career as a pro surfer during the early 1980s. He worked at SURFER Magazine for six years, and became editor in 1990. Quitting what has been called "the best job in surfing," Warshaw enrolled at UC Berkeley, and in 1993 took a BA in History, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He continued to write, and published articles in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Interview, and Outside.

Warshaw has written eight books since 1997, including the Encyclopedia of Surfing ("A living, breathing masterpiece," according to Salon.com), and the History of Surfing. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin wrote that "Warshaw has written more cogent words about surfing than any other human," and the UK's Independent added that "the author appears to have attained total omniscience in his field." In 2013, Warshaw launched the Encyclopedia of Surfing website.

Warshaw lives in Seattle with his wife and son.

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