Here in Grado/Italy kitesurfing recently became very popular thanks to perfect conditions on sandy ground and winds like “Bora” or “Scirocco” blowing from East or South. Also stand up paddle boarding is gaining popularity and real surfing is possible quite a view days a year when good waves are coming in. So what about an exciting reading matter to start with during this year’s vacation on the beach?
A perfect source to get more into it is the new Taschen book “SURFING” by Jim Heimann which is the most comprehensive visual history of surfing to date.
The book starts back in 1778 when Captain James Cook recorded the first European contact and continues to the global phenomenon of today’s surfing culture. Utilizing institutions, collections, 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.
“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.”
— Tatler, London
Enjoy your summer!
Images: taschen.com, wired.com