Details: Product Description Matt Warshaw knows more about surfing than any other person on the planet. After five years of research and writing, Warshaw has crafted an unprecedented history of the sport and the culture it has spawned. At nearly 500 pages, with 250,000 words and more than 250 rare photographs, The History of Surfing reveals and defines this sport with a voice that is authoritative, funny, and wholly original. The obsessive nature of this endeavor is matched only by the obsessive nature of surfers, who will pore through these pages with passion and opinion. A true category killer, here is the definitive history of surfing. Review "Meticulously researched, smartly written, beautifully laid out...required reading." - Outside Magazine "Trust us, his book is the place to go for the goods." - OC Weekly "There's a reason that Warshaw is at the top of the surf writing field, and if you're looking for a gift for the literate surfer in your life, this is definitely the one." -SBC Surf Magazine "Written by one of the world's leading surf historians, this ...is the definitive book on surf history and culture." - Drift Magazine About the Author Matt Warshaw is the former editor of SURFER magazine. A lifelong surfer, he is the author of numerous books on surfing, including Maverick's: The Story of Big Wave Surfing. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.