This platinum tome is the most comprehensive visual history of surfing to-date, marking a major cultural event as much as a publication. Following three and a half years of meticulous research, it brings together more than 900 images to chart the evolution of surfing as a sport, a lifestyle, and a philosophy.
The book is arranged into five chronological chapters, tracing surfing culture from the first recorded European contact in 1778 by Captain James Cook to the global and multi-platform phenomenon of today. Utilizing institutions, collections, and photographic archives from around the world, and with accompanying essays by the world’s top surf journalists, it celebrates the sport on and off the water, as a community of 20 million practitioners and countless more devotees, and as a leading influence on fashion, film, art, and music.
An unrivalled tribute to the breadth, complexity, and richness of surfing, this book is a must-have for any serious player on the surfing scene and anybody who aspires to the surfing lifestyle. As one surfing scribe has declared, “There has never been a book like this, and there will never be another one again.”
About the Author
Cultural anthropologist and graphic design historian Jim Heimann is Executive Editor for TASCHEN America, and author of numerous books on architecture, pop culture, and the history of the West Coast, Los Angeles, and Hollywood. His unrivaled private collection of ephemera has been featured in museum exhibitions around the world and in dozens of books.
"Surfing will undoubtedly go down as the last word in the space."
"TASCHEN has turned the book as collectible sculptural object from avant-garde oddity into luxury commodity."
"It's all here - the clothes, the boards, the music, the contests, the rivalries, the surfer dudes. But does the ability to hang onto a floating piece of polyurethane warrant such a paean? It does, and this tome has over 900 amazing images to prove it."
"This is the ultimate book about the history of surfing... There are so many aspects of the surf culture, it is unbelievable they are all touched here... Enjoy this wonderful creation of a surf-compendium."
"Surfing is a magnificent book."