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The best surf books to read while real sport is suspended

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The best surf books to read while real sport is suspended

Reading books about surfing is the best way to learn about the history and culture of the game. From surfing memoirs, surf heritage, and classic surfboards to epic tales and alternative lifestyles, all have been published in great reading materials.

Surf books are usually written by pro surfers, surf journalists, or surf historians. They always have something new, besides the usual surf industry propaganda, to reveal, such as a hidden wave peak, a hot surf destination, a secret wave, wave riding stories, lives of the surf legends, and the transformation of coastal regions.

Fortunately, we’ve selected a list of books about surfing that any surfing fans should read, especially when the real sport is suspended now due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Encyclopedia of Surfing

Author: Matt Warshaw

The Encyclopedia of Surfing is known as the most important surf book ever published. Featuring 1,500 alphabetical entries with 300 illustrations, this must-have book is widely considered the best review of the people, events, equipment, places, and lively history of surfing.

The History of Surfing

Author: Matt Warshaw

The History of Surfing is a great book for those that want to explore how surfing was first seen by James Cook in 1778 and then evolved into the 21st century. Featuring about 500 pages with more than 250 rare photographs, this book is what all surfers should have in their home library.

The World Stormrider Guide

Author: Bruce Sutherland

The World Stormrider Guide is the most detailed surf spot guide that has ever published. By adding description, photos, surf statistics, ocean floor characteristics, and wind patterns, the trilogy helps readers explore the most famous surf peaks.

The Surfboard

Author: Ben Marcus

The Surfboard provides every single example of surfboard formats and shapes. It shows you monstrous “koa” planks from the ancient Hawaiian, from the first wooden and balsa boards to the modern materials.

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Piha pro cancelled: A sad day for New Zealand surfing

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Piha pro cancelled: A sad day for New Zealand surfing

As the surfing community digests the cancellation of the most prestigious event in New Zealand’s history, the national body running the sport might be set for a cutback of its own.

Next Monday was planned to be the start of the biggest week for New Zealand’s surfing, but the global spread of coronavirus put paid to the Piha Pro, which attracted an impressive field to the country, including Kelly Slater – the 11-time men’s world champion, Adriano de Souza – the 2015 men’s champion, as well as Carissa Moore – the four-time and current women’s champion.

This day is also a sad day for some other sports, waiting to hear how big their slice of the funding pie of Sport New Zealand will be.

There are rumors that some national sporting organizations are in for a rude shock.

A famous national surfing identity claimed that the New Zealand Surfing Organization was considering a funding cut of above 50% from their recent figure of $50,000 per annum.

The Herald tried to confirm that figure with Surfing New Zealand but it received no response. On Monday morning, Sport New Zealand will announce the funding.

If the 50% cut is true, there would be irony given surfing has made it on to the Olympic program for the first time and the country has already qualified Ella Williams and Billy Stairmand, with an opportunity of two more joining them.

However, the greater irony might be the fact that it was reducing funding to its NSO at the same time when the central Government was pouring $1.65 million into the privately run as well as promoted Piha Pro.

There is no revenue that is generated by the World Surf League was obligated to go back into the sport.

The week before the funding announcement is often a high anxiety time for NSOs, especially those who administer niche or minor codes.

Sport New Zealand has announced that the funding’s future rounds are going to be made in alignment with their Strategic Plan 2020-2024, containing five investment principles, the top one being a move towards investing in a program that encourages participation.