What are the best books on surfing for surfers?

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    #1Liquid Comfort

    Liquid Comfort

    Liquid Comfort - A Surf Story by Cheryl Petro is a tale of surf, addiction, determination and unconditional love. It's about Travis Kelly who longs to win the world surfing championship, but a horrible accident leaves him disabled.

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    Philip Howard
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I was looking for books at a garage sale and ran across this one. Being an ex-surfer from California, the cover caught my eye. When I got home, I started reading it and couldn't put it down. You can tell that the author really knows her surf culture!"
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    #2The Tribes of Palos Verdes

    The Tribes of Palos Verdes

    The Tribes of Palos Verdes is Joy Nicholson's first novel. It's a moving story about Medina Mason, a defiant, but awkward newcomer to the Palos Verdes, California beach community. Medina surfs to survive the hardships of life.

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    Wei Zhang
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "This is a decent solution because the reviews for the book are mixed. The story doesn't seem accurate and is boring."
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    #3The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

    The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

    From bestselling author Susan Casey comes The Wave, a New York Times Notable Book and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. It's a brilliant portrayal of human beings confronting nature at its most ferocious.

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    Linda Zhong
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Nothing of substance for surfers or scientists alike. Those who want to get into the science behind waves be will sorely disappointed, and this is not a book to up your surfing game either. Many complaints on how the book focuses on appearances of characters and individuals over their contributions."
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    #4The Dawn Patrol (Boone Daniels)

    The Dawn Patrol (Boone Daniels)

    The Dawn Patrol's the first book in Don Winslow's crime mystery/thriller Boone Daniels series. Boone Daniels, who lives to surf and works as a P.I. must ultimately choose between surfing the most colossal waves or solving an unsolved case.

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    Catherine Henderson
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Appears to be a fiction book, while this question seems to be looking for more of an instructional angle. Looks like a fun read regardless. "
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    #5Eddie Would Go

    Eddie Would Go

    Eddie Would Go by Stuart Holmes Coleman recounts the compelling story of Eddie Aikau - about his life and legacy. It's also a chronicle of the Hawaiian Renaissance and the emergence of modern Hawaii.

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    Susan Spencer
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "If you are a surfer looking for inspiration or you just enjoy reading about surfers, then this book is for you. I picked this up because I have been a big Eddie Aikau fan for a long time, and I was really interested in learning more about his life. This book did not disappoint. I learned a ton of interesting things about him that I did not already know, and after I finished the book I felt really inspired to go the extra mile in my surfing and in life in general."
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    #6Surfing California

    Surfing California

    Surfing California by Allan Wright is a complete guide to the surfing spots of California. It features lots of photos, maps, and descriptions for each spot found along California's coastline.

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    Megan Meyer
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This is a good, basic book at a solid value. Unfortunately, it's pretty outdated for Northern California. I found that over a fair amount of the spots listed surf information incorrectly."
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    #7Tijuana Straits

    Tijuana Straits

    Tijuana Straits is from National Book Award-nominee author Kem Nunn. It's an exquisite tale of loss and redemption. Fahey, a once great surfer meets Magdalena, an environmental activist, and together they must discover who's out to get her.

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    Moisés Luna
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This isn't so much a book about surfing. Though the main character was once a surfer, this book is much more than that. It about personal redemption and exploring one's true inner self. This really takes a close look at life on the US/mexican border."
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    #8The California Surf Project

    The California Surf Project

    The California Surf Project is the illustrated travel diary of Chris Burkard and Eric Soderquist. Burkard, a talented photographer, and Soderquist, a professional surfer, chronicled the surfing trip of a lifetime in this photography book.

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    Jerry Ross
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "The book is a beautiful work of art as Chris Burkard and Eric Soderquist take us through one of the most fascinating surfing trips that possibly anyone has gone on. We see that beautiful sites and wonderful photography of Burkard as he follows Soderquist on his great surfing escapades."
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    #9Raw Blue

    Raw Blue

    Kirsty Eagar's Raw Blue is about Carly, who dropped out of uni to spend her days surfing and forgetting about her past. She meets Ryan, a local who's fresh out of jail. When he learns the truth, she must decide if she wants to fight for her newfound happiness.

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    Madison Riley
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This is one of the most beautifully written books I have read in a long time. The synopsis was not something that instantly pulled me in-it didn't seem like the kind of book I would usually enjoy. Even so, I couldn't ignore the various reviews of how great the writing was, so I decided to give it a try. I am so happy I did. Raw Blue has a plot that isn't drastically different from many YA/NA novels, yet it still stands out to me as being different in its own wonderful way. Carly is an Australian girl who was moved away from her family, dropped out of uni and leads a fairly secluded life. Her only priority is surfing, and she'll do whatever necessary to revolve her life around it. When she can't be out on the water, she's working in the kitchen of a cafe or having tea with her adorably loony housemate, Hanna. Something from her past keeps her closed off and struggling, but fellow surfer, Ryan, might be the one who can break down Carly's walls. With his own tumultuous past, Carly is unsure if it's wise to let him in, but he's a hard one for her to resist."
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    #10Tapping the Source

    Tapping the Source
    Tapping the Source by Kem Nunn is a National Book Award Finalist. It's the story of Ike Tucker who came to Huntington Beach in search of his missing sister and the three men who may have murdered her.
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    Samuel Fox
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This is a fiction book, not about surfing or how to surf. It is an action thriller novel where some of the characters happen to surf."

Summary

Best What are the best books on surfing for surfers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Liquid Comfort Books 46 Paid
2The Tribes of Palos VerdesBooks 41 Paid
3The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the OceanBooks 40 Paid
4The Dawn Patrol (Boone Daniels)Books 36 Paid
5Eddie Would GoBooks 34 Paid
6Surfing CaliforniaBooks 32 Paid
7Tijuana StraitsBooks 31 Paid
8The California Surf ProjectBooks 28 Paid
9Raw BlueBooks 25 Paid
10Tapping the SourceBooks 23 Paid
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