The ultimate world surf spot guide

June 6, 2019 | Surfing
The World Stormrider Surf Guide: 445 pages of detailed surf spot information | Photo: Low Pressure

The publisher says it is the "mother of all surf guides." And he's undoubtedly telling the truth.

"The World Stormrider Surf Guide" is a 445-page book with the largest collection of surf break information ever compiled in one volume.

It all started in the late 1980s, when a group of surf explorers, publishers and writers decided it was time to identify the best spots on the planet.

The seed eventually gave birth to "The Stormrider Guide Europe," the first of many handbooks released by Low Pressure in the 1990s and 2000s.

After covering pretty much the entire world - tropical islands, France, Central America and the Caribbean, Indonesia and the Indian Ocean - it was now time to update the information available in each book.

"Since we started making 'Stormrider Surf Guide' in 1989, the population of us humans has risen by 2.1 billion, i.e., 40 percent," explains the team behind the new book.

But the precise identification of thousands of surf breaks wouldn't be possible without the work and effort of Antony "Yep" Colas, the ultimate "spotologist."

"The challenge for us all now is how to fairly balance and distribute wave resources among those that found and call spots home with the billions of new people and surfers who must be given the same rights to freely access the ocean's waves, just like the pioneers did."

The World Stormrider Surf Guide: the book features everything you need to know about the world's best surf breaks | Photo: Low Pressure

For Travelers and Average Surfers

The world has changed a lot since the early 2000s. With the advent of the internet, Google Maps, social media, and Whatsapp, secret spots are less secret, and the pressure over popular peaks has increased.

"The World Stormrider Surf Guide" provides insightful and accurate information on each surf spot's key variables, including wave size range, swell direction window, type of seabed, tides, and optimum wind direction.

There are also statistics on when to go, wave size conversions (feet, meters, Hawaiian scale), average water temperatures, wind chill charts, and a Beaufort Wind Scale.

The newly updated surf spot mapping condenses three books into one XXL publication and features nine major surfing regions: Europe, Africa, Indian Ocean, Australia, East Asia, Pacific Ocean, North America, Central America, and South America.

"The World Stormrider Surf Guide" is not only a perfect book for explorers and professional travelers but also a must-have printed work for the average surfer who is planning a summer surf trip.

With a detailed description of the best waves, useful travel and weather information, and hundreds of stunning pictures, this heavy volume will surely improve and fine-tune our mental data associated with the spots near our home break.

"The World Stormrider Surf Guide" is available in hardback (£45.00) via lowpressure.co.uk.

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