The Complete Guide: The Planet's 50 Most Thrilling Surf Destinations
Publication Date: June 2011
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Surfers live to travel. The quest to find perfect waves is something that grips surfers of all abilities, from novice to expert. Now, from the publishers of leading British surfing magazines Carve and SurfGirl, comes a new book covering every aspect of travel and exploration: where to go, where to stay, what equipment to take, how to get in shape for your trip, how to stay healthy abroad, and how to make the most of your time away. Packed with information and useful tips, as well as awesome photos, Surf Travel will inspire surfers of all levels to load up their boardbags and head off to find the waves of their dreams. The main section of the book focusses on the classic surfing destinations such as Queensland’s Gold Coast, Hawaii’s North Shore, the Maldives, the Mentawai Islands, Bali, the Canary Islands, Costa Rica, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Tahiti, Southwest France and Southern California. Each location is described and dissected, with insider tips about how to score the best conditions. Several less-well known areas are also included for experienced surfers who thirst for pristine, uncrowded waves. Surfers of all levels will benefit from the range of useful tips on offer, whether they’re going on a road trip to California, a camping trip to France, or a boat trip to Indonesia. All kinds of priceless advice is offered by a writing team of experienced travellers who’ve visited scores of countries and put in the hard yards. Surf Travel features more than 250 colour photos by some of the world’s top surf photographers including Andrew Shield, Alan van Gysen, Pete Frieden, Mickey Smith, Roger Sharp, Will Bailey, DJ Struntz, Simon Williams and Tim McKenna. The book also includes a comprehensive directory of travel resources where surfers can find information about the best surf camps, travel companies, and operators around the world.
Sam Bleakley is a widely travelled writer and professional surfer based in the UK. During his competitive career he won a veritable hoard of silverware including multiple English, British and European titles. His travel writing has been published in international surfing magazines such as Carve, Pacific Longboarder, Surf News and The Surfer's Path, and he is the author of two books, Surfing Brilliant Corners and Surfing Tropical Beats. He lives with his wife and children near Sennen, on the far western tip of Cornwall.The former editor of leading European surf magazine Carve, Chris Power has also written and edited several books including Surf Travel and Shooting The Curl.Chris Power is the former editor and photo editor of CARVE, Britain's leading surfing magazine. An accomplished photographer, he's travelled to more than 17 countries on surf missions over the years. He lives near St Agnes in Cornwall.