Publisher: Taschen GmbH
Book Condition: New
This book traces the visual history of surfing from its first description by Captain Cook in 1778 to today's global phenomenon. It examines the evolution of surfing both on and off the water, as a sport, a lifestyle, a philosophy. 500 images detail surf's crossover from the originary shores of Hawaii to fashion, film, music, and even car design. Num Pages: 644 pages. BIC Classification: AJ; WSSG. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 395 x 290. . . 2016. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9783836547505
Synopsis: The sport of kings: More than 200 years of surfing culture
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 practitionersand countless more devotees, and as a leading influence on fashion, film, art, and music.
An unrivaled 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.
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