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Australia's Century of Surf : How a Big Island at the Bottom of the World Became the Greatest Surfing Nation on Earth - Tim Baker

Australia's Century of Surf

How a Big Island at the Bottom of the World Became the Greatest Surfing Nation on Earth

By: Tim Baker


Published: 2nd December 2013
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In 100 years, surfing in Australia has morphed from exotic Pacific Island curio to regimented training for life savers, from counter culture revolution to respectable mainstream sport. Along the way, it has shaped our coastal migrations, spawned vast business empires and design innovations, produced sports stars and spectacular casualties in equal measure, helped the beach overtake the bush as our national, natural habitat of choice. No other sport has been through such profound cultural shifts or had such far-reaching influence on our national identity. Australia's Century of Surf marks the centenary of the great Hawaiian Olympic swimmer and surfer Duke Kahanamoku's historic visit to Australia in 1914. Duke was not the first to ride a surfboard in Australia, just one of the historical misnomers uncovered in this comprehensive and insightful text. But Duke's historic surfboard riding displays in the summer of 1914/15 set in motion a great wave of oceanic obsession that continues to this day. The story of Australian surfing is largely one of schisms - between freedom seeking beach-goers and censorial puritans, between the quasi-militaristic regiments and volunteerism of surf life savers and the selfish pleasure-seeking pursuits of board riders, the generational and attitudinal gulf between longboarders and shortboarders, professionals and so-called "soul" surfers, territorial tensions between locals and tourists. Many of our most dramatic cultural conflicts have been played out on the nation's beaches - from the pitched battles between rockers and surfers in the '60s, to the teen gender politics of Puberty Blues and the racial clashes of the Cronulla riots.

About the Author

Tim Baker is the bestselling author of Bustin' Down The Door, High Surf, Occy: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Mark Occhiluipo and Surf For Your Life with Mick Fanning. He also edited the anthology Waves: Great Stories from the Surf. He has twice won the Surfing Hall of Fame culture award. He is a former editor of Tracks and Surfing Life magazines. He lives in Currumbin, Qld.



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Great read!


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
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    I purchased this book as a gift for Christmas and it is fantastic! My father in-law loved it! He has surfed his whole life and it took him back to his young surfer days. Great coffee table book!

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    ISBN: 9781742758282
    ISBN-10: 1742758282
    Audience: General
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 272
    Published: 2nd December 2013
    Publisher: Random House Australia
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 28.9 x 22.1  x 2.3
    Weight (kg): 1.36
    Edition Number: 1