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The History of Surfing Hardcover – Illustrated, September 1, 2010

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"Trust us, his book is the place to go for the goods." - OC Weekly

"There's a reason that Warshaw is at the top of the surf writing field, and if you're looking for a gift for the literate surfer in your life, this is definitely the one." -SBC Surf Magazine

"Meticulously researched, smartly written, beautifully laid out...required reading." - Outside Magazine

"Written by one of the world's leading surf historians, this ...is the definitive book on surf history and culture." - Drift Magazine

About the Author

Matt Warshaw is the former editor of SURFER magazine. A lifelong surfer, he is the author of numerous books on surfing, including Maverick's: The Story of Big Wave Surfing. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chronicle Books; Illustrated edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 495 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0811856003
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0811856003
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 13 years and up
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 8 and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 5.2 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9.5 x 1.75 x 11 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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