5 December, 2012 5 December, 2012

Surf Travel – Book Review

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Surf Travel is a new book about, well, surf travel of course. Edited by former Carve Magazine editor Chris Power from Orca Publications UK it covers every aspect of surf travel and exploration from where to go, where to stay, what equipment to take, how to get in shape for your trip, how to stay healthy abroad, and how to make the most of your time away. Focusing on 50 of the worlds most prized surf destinations it is packed with essential tips and almost as importantly for a book, awesome photos.

The main section of the book focuses on the classic surfing destinations such as Durban, Jeffrey’s Bay, the Gold Coast, the North Shore, the Maldives, Indo, Morocco, Fiji, Tahiti, France and Southern California to name just a few. Each location is described and dissected, with insider tips about the best spots and how to score primo conditions. Several less-well known areas such as the Lakshadweep Islands, Mozambique and Papua New Guinea are also included for those who thirst for pristine, uncrowded waves.

All kinds of priceless advice is offered by a writing team of experienced travelers who’ve put in the hard yards, and the photographs are provided by some of the world’s best lensmen – including Andrew Shield, Alan van Gysen, Pete Frieden, Mickey Smith, DJ Struntz, Simon Williams and Tim McKenna.

Other sections of the book cover essential equipment, gadgets, fitness, photography, air travel, surf camps, cold-water destinations, boat trips and road trips. Twelve of the greatest surf travelers are also profiled, from original pioneers like Peter Troy and Wayne Lynch through to modern-day surf explorers like Brian Conley and Anthony Walsh.

The idea of traveling to remote, far-off places can seem daunting at first. But the more organised you are, the easier traveling becomes. Preparation is key, and Surf Travel will both inform and inspire your next surf adventure. “Go out there and search for your own paradise,” urges Anthony Walsh in the book’s foreword. “When you find it, the waves you’ll score will outweigh all the dramas along the way and make everything worthwhile.”

The book is retailing at R 233.00 in South Africa from Exclusive Books or get your copy direct from Orca Books.

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