Surf books make the perfect gift. But they can also be a lot deeper than a surf guide, narrative or biography. Surfing, for many, is a spiritual or catalytic experience. It”s hard to define. But these authors have done their best to capture the essence of surfing and some of its most loved personalities.

Whether it”s for your next holiday, a gift or to help you fall asleep with a smile these books all contain messages that may shift your perception and potentially change your life.

Surf Is Where You Find It

by Gerry Lopez

Besides weaving together a history of surfing by one of our living legends, this book delivers an underlying current of life advice. Gerry Lopez is a lucid and intelligent writer who seamlessly blends surfer profiles within a textured and colourful narrative. Mr Pipeline”s book is a perfect gift for the surfer who loves a biography.

Surfer’s Code: 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life

by Shaun Tomson

Shaun is a legend and was instrumental to the progression of surfing, from a subculture through to an almost mainstream sport. Besides almost singlehandedly pioneering backdoor Pipe on his backhand, he also charted an incredible journey through a tumultuous life. Surfer”s Code is an essential read for every surfer and a perfect gift for someone just starting of their surfing life. Breathe in the inspiration.

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High Surf: The World”s Most Inspiring Surfers

by Tim Baker

Tim Baker is one of the world’s best surf writers and in High Surf he delves deep into the surfing experience through interviews with an eclectic crew of inspirational people, all of whom happen to be surfers. From scientists to musicians, pros to authors the book explores the essence of the wave-riding experience and will leave you with a refreshed outlook on what makes our lifestyle special.

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Surfing Life Waves

by Bradley Hook

This short and sweet book compares elements of the surfing experience to phases of life. The philosophy basically compares waves to the opportunities that come to us in life and it shows how using the approach of the surfer you can make the most of your waves. It’s simple and heartfelt and makes a great gift for surfers who find surfing an inspiration or need a little lift.

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