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"Surfing. 1778-2015,” by Jim Heimann, available at Books & Books Bal Harbour.

The sport of kings gets its due with “Surfing. 1778-2015,” available at Books & Books. If you're feeling like it's time to start chasing that endless summer, pick up this beautifully illustrated book and drift away.

Available in XL format—11 x 15 inches—and at nearly 600 pages, “Surfing” is not only a vividly rich visual history of the sport, it looks the part, too. The hardcover, clothbound book includes one fold out and has a ribbon bookmark, which we can promise you will need!

And for the die-hard fans, an artist edition of the book limited to only 125 copies is also available at Books & Books. Signed by the author, Jim Heimann, the artist edition comes with a signed print of Wild Angels, 2006, by John Severson, a detail of which graces the cover.

The book is the most comprehensive visual history of surfing to date, signifying the importance of the sport and its colorful history and culture. 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 practitioners and 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.

All images courtesy of Taschen.


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