The Surfer's Journal really needs no introduction.
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'The Surfer’s Journal is a truly unique periodical. It’s an independent take on the surfing experience with limited advertising, making each 132-page issue almost entirely editorial. We delve into topics that get little attention elsewhere, covering travel adventures, surfboard design, profiles of surfing’s most colorful subjects, and the choicest surf photography in every issue. Coupled with the premium construction, The Surfer’s Journal is a product that is peerless in its quality and content.'
Winner of the Pulitzer Price and William Hill Sports Book of the Year: Barbarian Days is a deeply rendered self-portrait of a lifelong surfer looking for transcendence 'that recalls early James Salter' (Geoff Dyer, Observer)
Surfing only looks like a sport. To devotees, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a mental and physical study, a passionate way of life.
New Yorker writer William Finnegan first started surfing as a young boy in California and Hawaii. Barbarian Days is his immersive memoir of a life spent travelling the world chasing waves through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa and beyond. Finnegan describes the edgy yet enduring brotherhood forged among the swell of the surf, and recalling his own apprenticeship to the world's most famous and challenging waves, he considers the intense relationship formed between man, board and water.
Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, a social history, an extraordinary exploration of one man's gradual mastering of an exacting and little-understood art. It is a memoir of dangerous obsession and enchantment.
'Reading this guy on the subject of waves and water is like reading Hemingway on bullfighting; William Burroughs on controlled substances; Updike on adultery. . . . a coming-of-age story, seen through the gloss resin coat of a surfboard' Sports Illustrated
Through fifty years of epic stories, art, and personal ephemera, The Fletcher Family spans surfing's golden era to the present day, when bathing-suit model Dibi and competitive surfer Herbie met, to raising talented Christian and Nathan on boards and waves, to passing the torch to their skating-phenom grandson, Greyson.
There’s much more to surfing than palm trees and beach boy clichés. Beyond mainstream surfing lies an uncharted sea of creativity, community, and independence that celebrates the true nature of surfing. Surf Odyssey depicts this contemporary surf culture: the adrenaline-rush of cold-water surfing, the daunting treks through the terrain of Africa balanced by the welcoming Temple of Enthusiasm in Bali, the quest to find nature in its purest form, and the reward of finding oneself. Stunning images from pioneering outdoor photographers and poignant portraits of movers and shakers within the scene narrate a tale of wave-riding that steps away from social norms and into aquatic swells of adventure.
Revealing surfers to be multifaceted spirits, Surf Odyssey underlines the natural connections between environmental responsibility and the thrill of embracing an unbroken wall of water whilst showcasing the products and places that comprise this unique community.
This incredible book documents Chris Burkard's surf adventures around the world. A story told through his stunning photography.
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'Distant Shores' is an impressive photographic record of Chris Burkard's search for wild, remote surfing destinations around the globe.
Chris Burkard's photographs are punctuated by energized landscapes and moments of bliss.
With the ocean as his main muse, Burkard has consistently captured this subject in timeless and expansive photographs.
• Burkard spent more than a decade on this quest. • Explores how surfing is a bridge between the humble human figure and awe-inspiring, powerful natural landscapes • Features adventure-seeking surfers and images of natural serenity
Chris Burkard has established himself as a major photographer in the surf, outdoor, and adventure communities.
Chronicling some of the most beautiful natural phenomena in the world, Distant Shoresmakes a great pick for lovers of surfing, nature, and photography.
'Unbeknownst to many who live there and to the throngs of tourists who stop by each year, the beaches of New York and New Jersey are home to a diverse and vibrant coldwater surfing community. Ice Cream Headaches captures a snapshot of this often-overlooked facet of life and leisure in America’s most dense metropolis.
Ice Cream Headaches highlights the surfers who experiment with new forms, materials, ideas and surfing styles in the often-frigid Atlantic waves.
Across 192 pages, the book features four essays rich with quotes and anecdotes, more than 110 extraordinary photographs, and a foreword by iconic portrait and surf photographer Michael Halsband. Ice Cream Headaches takes the reader inside the surf breaks and stomping grounds of the surfers who call New York and New Jersey home, surfers who are willing to pull on a 5mm wetsuit, wade through a foot of snow on the beach and battle 30-mile-per-hour winds for a few fleeting moments inside a yawning barrel.'
"Urban Jungle' is a beautiful hard-back book full to the brim with styling ideas and plant care tips. Get inspired to add more greenery to your home!
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“Urban Jungle” is a book packed with green inspiration, plant styling ideas and handy plant information for anyone who wants to bring more greens into their homes and daily lives. This book will take you on an inspirational voyage through five green homes across Europe showcasing how beautiful, individual, creative and sometimes even arty green living can be. Moreover, this book offers a plethora of easy-to-copy plant styling ideas for your home presented by a fine selection of international Urban Jungle Bloggers. Additional plant profiles and simple plant care tips will further strengthen your desire to add a new green friend to your home immediately. Lean back and buckle up for a fantastic green journey
'Marching Power' is a shocking account of life in a Bolivian jail - a gripping story of corruption, drugs and survival.
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San Pedro is Bolivia's most notorious prison. Small-time drug smuggler Thomas McFadden found himself on the inside. Marching Powder is the story of how he navigated this dark world of gangs, drugs and corruption to come out on top.
Thomas found himself in a bizarre world, the prison reflecting all that is wrong with South American society. Prisoners have to pay an entrance fee and buy their own cells (the alternative is to sleep outside and die of exposure), prisoners' wives and children often live inside too, high quality cocaine is manufactured and sold from the prison. Thomas ended up making a living by giving backpackers tours of the prison - he became a fixture on the backpacking circuit and was named in the Lonely Planet guide to Bolivia.
When he was told that for a bribe of $5000 his sentence could be overturned, it was the many backpackers who'd passed through who sent him the money. Written by lawyer Rusty Young, Marching Powder - sometimes shocking, sometimes funny - is a riveting story of survival.
This book delves deeper into the miraculous healing properties of plants. It is jammed packed with useful information which can be applied to our everyday lives. A beautiful hard-back book from Kew.
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'Plants That Cure' is a fascinating exploration of the world’s most important medicinal plants, the compounds they produce, and how they benefit the human body, demonstrating how vitally important plants are to our health and wellbeing.
Of the approximately 300,000 plants that have evolved on Earth, at least one tenth of them have been used in traditional herbal medicine or as local remedies. More recently, the application of science has proven the effectiveness of many of these plants, and enabled us to develop important medicines, often in the form of single isolated plant compounds. This fascinating and beautifully presented book explores these compounds and the plants that produce them, and how they have transformed the lives of countless people.
Beautiful coffee table book featuring aerial photography of Gray Malin.
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'Gray Malin is the artist of the moment for the Hollywood and fashion elite. His awe-inspiring aerial photographs of beaches around the world are shot from doorless helicopters, creating playful and stunning celebrations of light, shape, and perspective, as well as summer bliss. Combining the spirit of travel, adventure, luxury and artistry, Malin built his eponymous lifestyle brand from a deep passion for photography and interior design. His work forges the synergy between wanderlust and adventure, creating the ultimate visual escape.'
Learn how to care for your succulents, cacti and air plants with this beautiful but practical guide to indoor plants. These gorgeous, fashionable plants are handsome, hardy and perfect for urban living and this comprehensive companion is all you need to learn how to nurture and enjoy them, as well as how to stylishly arrange them in your home. Explaining how to look after individual plants, running through the soil, watering, light, food and more, this stylish go-to guide also shows you how to take cuttings to share with friends, make gifts, terrariums and displays, and other ways to make these fantastic plants part of your life.
The perfect book for any lover of wild swimming, beautifully written by zen-seeks Tess Wardley.
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The Mindful Art of Wild Swimming explores how swimming in rivers, lakes, and seas is the very epitome of conscious living. Zen-seeker Tessa Wardley reconnects the physical and spiritual cycles of life to the changing seasons and flow of wild waters worldwide and leads the reader on to a mindful journey through the natural world. With expert insight and personal anecdote, she shares a sparkling clarity on why our relationship with open water is so fundamental to pure wellbeing, and reveals how wild swimming can be the ultimate Zen meditation.
The sequel to our favourite book 'Leaf Supply,' is here! 'The Leaf Supply Guide to Creating Your Indoor Jungle' is the perfect companion, providing practical information and inspiration for creating your own indoor jungle. With advice on how to style specific rooms, plant care tips and stunning photography.
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With this stunningly photographed greenery-guide, anyone can master the art of making your living room thrive. When done correctly, curating any decent houseplant can be just as effective as hanging a beautiful work of art. After all, our green companions are known to be beneficial for mental health, for general health (being oxygenators) as well as being a key element of any well-balanced interior fit out.
Lauren and Sophia run the wildly successful nursery and interior design store Leaf Supply, in Sydney, Australia. They wrote a beautifully designed book, by the same name, in 2018. Now, with Indoor Jungle, they explain (in laypersons’ terms) how to best transform your house into a veritable greenhouse. In this sequel-of-sorts, Lauren and Sophia cast their plant-loving net far wider than simply fabulous Australian interiors, featuring jungle-y architecture from around the world!
For each spread of beautifully verdant interiors, the duo breaks down how the foliage within is surviving (and thriving). Ablaze with jaw dropping photography, Indoor Jungle will deserve its own prominent place in your new, improved and jungle-ified living room.
This book is the perfect little gift for any big plant enthusiasts. With easy to follow information about how to look after individual plants.
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Learn how to care for your own houseplant giants, from the glorious Fiddle Leaf Fig and impressive Banana Plant to the ever-popular Monstera - this book will cover 45 favourites and include everything you need to know about creating your own indoor jungle.
'Little Book, Big Plants' will not only instruct you on how to best care for your gentle giants, but will also show you how to encourage growth and make your own natural fertiliser as you increase the size of your collection.
Colourful, fun and gifty, this is the perfect companion for anyone looking to grow their plant family and take their foliage to the next level.
This beautiful coffee table book is the sequel to another favourite of ours, 'Urban Jungle: Living and Styling With Plants.' With a unique focus on the life-changing impact plants can have on our wellbeing. 'Plant Tribe' is packed with insightful interviews from plant enthusiasts all over the world, styling advice and stunning photography.
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This new book by the authors of the bestselling 'Urban Jungle' addresses the life-changing magic of living with and caring for plants. Aimed at a wider audience than typical houseplant books, each chapter combines easily digestible plant knowledge, style guidance via real home interiors, and inspiring advice for using plants to increase energy, creativity, and well-being and to attract love and prosperity. Also included: real-world @urbanjungleblog followers’ FAQs; a section on plants and pets; and plant care for the different stages of a houseplant’s life. The focus is on using plants to raise the positive energy of every room in the house and to live happily ever after with plants.
In this newly revised 10th anniversary edition, Yvon Chouinard—legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.—shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth.
From his youth as the son of a French Canadian handyman to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport's equipment, Let My People Go Surfing is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life-a book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
"This is the story of an attempt to do more than change a single corporation—it is an attempt to challenge the culture of consumption that is at the heart of the global ecological crisis."—From the Foreword by Naomi Klein, bestselling author of This Changes Everything
Take an enlightening look into the lives of surf enthusiasts - professional and otherwise - from all corners of the globe. Read about Munich-born river surfing pioneer Quirin Rohleder on the evolution of a once-obscure sport, and filmmaker Mario Hainzl on spotlighting West Africa's lesser-known surfing destinations. Meet Joao Parrinha and Xandi Kreuzeder, the Santo Isidoro based artists making sculptures from ocean debris, and Mirko Sebastian Stranger, a master carpenter in Barcelona, whose wooden boards manage to feel weightless in water. In over 250 pages of rich photography and informative text, The Other Side of Surfing offers illuminating insights into the ways in which a deeply-felt connection to the sea can inform our work, art, and relationships in our daily lives on land.
Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding
Surfboards were once made of wood and shaped by hand, objects of both cultural and recreational significance. Today most surfboards are mass-produced with fibreglass and a stew of petrochemicals, moving (or floating) billboards for athletes and their brands, emphasizing the commercial rather than the cultural.
Surf Craft maps this evolution, examining surfboard design and craft with 150 colour images and an insightful text. From the ancient Hawaiian Alaia, the traditional board of the common people, to the unadorned boards designed with mathematical precision (but built by hand) by Bob Simmons, to the store-bought longboards popularized by the 1959 surf-exploitation movie Gidget, board design reflects both aesthetics and history. The decline of traditional Alaia board riding is not only an example of a lost art but also a metaphor for the disintegration of traditional culture after the Republic of Hawaii was overthrown and annexed in the 1890s.
In his text, Richard Kenvin looks at the craft and design of surfboards from a historical and cultural perspective. He views board design as an exemplary model of mingei, or art of the people, and the craft philosophy of Soetsu Yanagi. Yanagi believed that a design's true beauty and purpose are revealed when it is put to its intended use. In its purest form, the craft of board building, along with the act of surfing itself, exemplifies mingei. Surf Craft pays particular attention to Bob Simmons's boards, which are striking examples of this kind of functional design, mirroring the work of postwar modern California designers. Surf Craft is published in conjunction with an exhibition at San Diego's Mingei International Museum.
This eclectic mix of surfing stories has something for everyone, from classic tales of monster waves and epic battles to stories of when life among the breakers goes wrong. There are accounts of death and disaster, as well as bravery and triumph. The bizarre and the extreme rub shoulders with perfect breaks and beautiful beaches. Be thrilled by legendary surfers, as well as learning about local heroes who never made the headlines. Each compelling tale has been chosen to stoke the fire of armchair surfers and hardcore wave-riders alike, and many are illustrated with colour photographs.
'Into the Wild' is a gripping true story of one mans adventure in the Alaskan wilderness.
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In April, 1992, a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, a party of moose hunters found his decomposed body. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.
This book is a fascinating insight into the workings of the human ego. Ryan Holiday brings to light the dangerous nature of our own egos and how we can keep them in check in order to find greater happiness.
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It's wrecked the careers of promising young geniuses. It's evaporated great fortunes and run companies into the ground. It's made adversity unbearable and turned struggle into shame. Every great philosopher has warned against it, in our most lasting stories and countless works of art, in all culture and all ages. Its name? Ego, and it is the enemy - of ambition, of success and of resilience. In Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday shows us how and why ego is such a powerful internal opponent to be guarded against at all stages of our careers and lives, and that we can only create our best work when we identify, acknowledge and disarm its dangers. Drawing on an array of inspiring characters and narratives from literature, philosophy and history, the book explores the nature and dangers of ego to illustrate how you can be humble in your aspirations, gracious in your success and resilient in your failures. The result is an inspiring and timely reminder that humility and confidence are our greatest friends when confronting the challenges of a culture that tends to fan the flames of ego, a book full of themes and life lessons that will resonate, uplift and inspire.
Freedom to surf what you want when you want. The ultimate quiver of boards from the most exciting shapers on the planet.