"The Surf Atlas: Iconic Waves and Surfing Hinterlands" is a compendium of the world's most unique, unusual, and iconic surf destinations.
In an ever-growing digital world, quality surf books are a rare opportunity to enlighten a surfer's soul.
Berlin-based publishing house Gestalten is paying a golden tribute to the art of surfing with the release of one the finest publications dedicated to the topic.
"The Surf Atlas" is a glorious 320-page hardcover book featuring an elegantly balanced formula of words and photos of some of the planet's greatest waves and surf breaks.
Tame monsters at Mavericks, surf beneath the Northern Lights in Norway, warm up on Ghana's equatorial waves, ride tidal bores down a river in England, chase mirages across the deserts of Oman, and dance down your longboard in Waikiki.
Geographically organized across six regions - Africa, Asia, Europe, Central and South America, North America, Oceania, and the Pacific - "The Surf Atlas" celebrates adventure, exploration, and the dizzying diversity of our surfing world.
The description of each surfing spot is accompanied by a quick guide with information on experience levels, the best time to visit, what to bring, what to do when it's flat, local tips, and additional things to do in the region.
The book features words and photos by Luke Gartside, who has been traveling the world, documenting surf culture, and meeting intriguing characters.
It feels great to touch - and even smell - "The Surf Atlas" paper quality.
Plus, each page is an ode to Nature's beauty and surfing's distinctive ballet across the waves.
"From the teeming metropolis to the remote jungle village, the snow-covered beach to the baking equatorial shore, it seems that now almost wherever there are waves, there are surfers," notes Gartside.
"Some are dedicated to pushing their limits in watery mountains the size of five-story buildings. Others are focused on the most effortless traverse of a perfect waist-high peeler."
"Many consider it a sport, others an art, and some even a means of healing, empowerment, and community cohesion."
"But wherever you go, all remain united by its universal draw; the simple but supreme pleasure of the ride," concludes the author.
"The Surf Atlas" is a book for everyone who appreciates the magical side of surfing and aims to know more about the world's most famous waves.
Author: Luke Gartside
Publisher: Gestalten (September 20, 2022)
Paperback: 320 pages
Dimensions: 9.65 x 1.34 x 12.01 inches