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SURFING. WATER IS FREEDOM
By Russel Ord & Anthony Pancia. Hardback, 1.97kg, 310mm x 240mm, 289 pages. Published 2018. Colour Photographs.
Russell Ord's spectacular images have won him worldwide recognition, and deservedly so. Based in Western Australia, Russell is renowned for his awesome images of super thick empty peaks and heavy sessions at reefs like The Box and The Right. You can pick up any surf magazine and find Russell's work on front and back covers, or filling out entire spreads and the pages in between
In 'Surfing: Water is Freedom', Russell teams with noted writer Anthony Pancia to tell the story 'behind the waves' . the people who surf them, those who make their livelihoods from them, and who follow the culture with a passion. It is an extraordinary book for the new millennium. And Anthony Pancia's words bring the images to life with wonderful stories of passion and adventure.
Russell Ord's photography stands alone. Nobody else in the world swims in the heaviest slab waves in the world, putting life, limb on the line to capture such dramatic & fantastically composed photos.
NZ$55.00 + delivery.
By Chris Dixon. Softback, 0.30kg, 135mm x 210mm, 307 pages. Published (this edition) 2017. Colour and Black & White photographs.
A hundred miles off the California coastline, a fabled peak rises from the depths of the North Pacific, stopping just twelve feet short of the ocean's surface. Legends and grave warnings surround this submerged mountain, known as Cortes Bank–rumors of lost ships, spinning compasses, of bus-size sharks and man-size lobsters. Yet, the most daring of big wave surfers head out to the Bank for one simple reason: it is home to the biggest rideable wave on the face of the Earth; a swell of massive proportions that surges in from out of nowhere like a monster.
In this meticulously researched, salt-crusted adventure tale, journalist Chris Dixon hits the high seas to bring the secrets of Cortes Bank to the surface, drawing readers into the harrowing world of the most enigmatic rock in the sea and the tremendously dangerous big wave surfing that occurs above it.
This astounding true story of the Everest of the sea will captivate anyone with a curiosity about, and respect for, the vast and unknowable ocean.
NZ$32.00 + delivery.
VOICES FROM THE SURF. 80 YEARS OF THE KAREKARE SURF LIFESAVING CLUB. 1935-2015
By Karekare Surf Life Saving Club. Softback, 0.92kg, 260mm x 305mm, 207 pages. Published 2015. Colour Photographs and Black & White photographs.
Voices From the Surf are the voices of the men and women who have endeavoured to keep swimmers safe when they visit Karekare Beach. on the wild west coast of Auckland. New Zealand.
Karekare is considered one of the finest beaches in the world. This book tells the story of the efforts and courage shown at Karekare where, for 80 years, a small group of volunteers have created a family-orientated lifesaving club to give their time and service to people in peril in the waves.
Was NZ$50.00 + delivery.
Now NZ$20.00 + delivery.
SURFERS. A KIWI LIFESTYLE.
By Jo Caird & Paula George. Hardback, 1.00kg, 285mm x 215mm, 172 pages. Published 2015. Colour Photos.
No matter the conditions, or how well you surf, just paddling out on the ocean to await a wave somehow makes the world seem a better place. In this stunning series of photographic portraits, Jo Caird and Paula George provide an evocative look at the distinctive Kiwi surfing lifestyle.
It has, apparently, been scientifically proven that surfing makes you happier. Out there, the ocean is a great leveller. A place where the company CEO and the tradesman are on equal footings. Where it doesn't matter what you do, how much you have, where you live or why you live the way you do, the ocean doesn't judge. For everyone out there, sitting, and waiting for the next wave, we are all the same. And like life itself, for every fantastic, wonderful, breath taking jaw dropping ride, there is a humbling tumble just around the corner. The learning curve is endless, the ride continues. The lessons learned.
As Kelly Slater once said "Surfing - it's like being in the Mafia. Once you're in, you're in. There is no getting out"
Jo Caird has been a photographer for over 20 years. She has photographed a huge range of sporting events, including the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, the World Cup of Golf, and over eight Rugby World Cup events. Jo has a great reputation as a portrait and event photographer too, but it's her work with the All Blacks that has won her numerous accolades. Paula George ('Georgie') spent 15 years as an international athlete (netball and rugby) before switching sides of the camera. Since 2005, her focus has been on combining writing with her photography and videography skills,
NZ$40.00 + delivery.
KITE BOARDING. WHERE IT'S AT.
By Alex Hapgood. Paperback, 0.87kg, 230mm x 310mm, 191 pages. Published 2014. Colour Photographs.
Over the past fifteen years, the extreme sport of kiteboarding has developed from an unlikely concept into a worldwide phenomenon. Kiteboarding: Where it's at... tracks these changes and looks at the various tangents that the sport has taken.
With stunning photography, each part reviews one of the four main disciplines within the sport: Freestyle, Waveriding, Wakestyle and Course Racing. Within each part is a background to the discipline, the kit, profiles of prime locations, key events and some of the riders and brands who have come to define the sport.
With over 200 shots from the best photographers in the game, and comprehensive access to all of the main players within the sport, author Alex Hapgood has ensured that this book is the most comprehensive and visually stunning representation of the sport to date.
NZ$50.00 + delivery.
By Tony Butt. Paperback, 0.50kg, 192mm x 248mm, 135 pages. 3rd Edition Published 2014. Colour Photos, line drawings and diagrams.
An explanation of waves and how they are formed, in layman's terms.
Have you ever wondered where waves come from? What makes every one different, why some peel nicely and others just close out? Why, some days, waves come in sets of six and others days in sets of three, and how the tides, the wind and the shape of the sea floor affect the waves for surfing? If you have, this book is for you.
Now in its third edition, Surf Science is the first book to talk in depth about the science of waves from a surfer’s point of view. It fills the gap between surfing books and waves textbooks and will help you learn how to predict surf. You don’t need a scientific background to read it—just curiosity and a fascination for waves.
NZ$60.00 + delivery.
ULTIMATE SURFING ADVENTURES.
By Alf Alderson. Paperback, 0.75kg, 200mm x 260mm, 205 pages, full colour photographs.
This book takes you on a thrilling ride around the world's best surfing spots.
Stunning, full-page photographs put you at the heart of the action, while inspirational descriptions illustrate why each break is so unique. It's perfect for planning your next surfari, or alternatively allows you to indulge in some armchair surfing of breaks that only the most adventurous will ride.
As well as classic waves around the Pacific, there is a wealth of the more unusual surf spots from Antarctica to Nova Scotia. Every continent is covered - so expect to find waves you've already ridden alongside those you never knew existed. Each entry is accompanied by useful information such as the best season to surf, hazards to consider, how to get there and what to do when you're all surfed out.
NZ$79.90 + delivery.
SURF FOR YOUR LIFE.
By Tim Baker. Paperback, 126mm x 198mm, 384 pages, full colour photographs. This edition Published 2012
World Champion surfer Mick Fanning may only be twenty-eight, but he's already experienced more than most of us ever will. How does it feel to lose a brother? Win a world title? Rip your hamstring muscle clean off the bone? Weave through a zippering Superbank barrel for twenty to thirty seconds or paddle over the ledge at places like Pipeline and Teahupo'o? Walk into the bar of a Brazilian hotel dressed in a G-string bikini to make your mates laugh, only to find your mates have left and there is only a puzzled bartender staring blankly at you?
Mick's journey so far has definitely been a mixed bag, but it is the extremes of that journey that make him so interesting.
Mick tells his life story candidly - in turns funny, sensitive, thoughtful, self-deprecating - while providing intimate insights into personal lessons gained along the way; with practical tips on surfing technique, fitness, nutrition, board design, travel, competitive strategies and sports psychology. His story proves that what doesn't kill you really can make you stronger.
Ultimately, though, it's Mick's humanity, his readiness to give back, that might provide the greatest surprise and inspiration.
NZ$28.00 + delivery.
WAVETRACK NEW ZEALAND SURFING GUIDE
By Greenroom Surf Media Ltd. Pbk, 106mm x 148mm, 549 Pages, colour and monochrome photographs, maps and sketches.
470 detailed break maps
80 classic kiwi line-up shots
60 area synoptic charts
detailed weather info
break info by locals
This is the perfect little book to take with you if you are on a surfing tour around New Zealand.
45.00 + Delivery.
SPOT X SURFING NEW ZEALAND.
By Pita Ngaru & Mark Airey. Paperback, 0.51kg, 210mm x 297mm, 152 Pages, colour photographs and maps.
This book lists over 300 surf spots of New Zealand.
North Cape to Bluff
Topographic maps with access to spots clearly shown
Best wind, tide, season and swell
Surf quality, experience, consistency, wave type
Local services, accomodation and facilities
Was NZ$45.00 + Delivery.
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AMAZING SURFING STORIES. Tales of incredible waves and remarkable riders.
By Alex Wade. Hardback, 0.5Kg, 160mm x 235mm, 209 pages, full colour and black & white photographs, published 2012.
This eclectic mix has something for everyone, from classic tales of monster waves and epic battles to stories of when life among the breakers goes wrong. There are accounts of death and disaster, as well as bravery and triumph. The bizarre and the extreme rub shoulders with perfect breaks and beautiful beaches.
Be thrilled by legendary surfers like Laird Hamilton and Shane Dorian as well as learning about local heroes who never made the headlines. Epic battles among pros like Rob Machado and Kelly Slater are recounted alongside stories of weird waves and secret surf spots. There are fascinating encounters with surfing's true characters, men like Dave Rastovich and big wave record holder Garrett McNamara; appearances by deadly sharks; stories of big wave surfing by night; and an account of how Agatha Christie's famous disappearance for 11 days in December 1926 might just have been because she was on a surf trip.
Travel from giants like California's Maverick's and Maui's Jaws to tales of Dungeons, dolphins and the derring-do of a man like Colonel 'Mad Jack' Churchill. Turn the pages to flick between the left and right of Britain, Europe, USA, Australia and many strange places in between.
NZ$35.00 + delivery.
AMAZING DIVING STORIES.
By John Bantin. Paperback Edition., 0.41kg, 159mm x 235mm, 266 pages. Colour photos. Published in 2014.
This collection of true diving stories makes for compelling reading for all divers. Enjoy classic tales, from thrilling wreck discoveries to encounters with the bizarre and the beautiful. There are stories of death and disaster, as well as bravery and triumph.
Tales of the exciting and the extreme rub shoulders with more poetic pieces about the people and places that make up the folklore of this fascinating sport. This global tour takes you everywhere, from Indonesia to the Caribbean, and from the chill waters of Northern Europe to the reefs of the Pacific.
Every ocean of the world is explored, making this essential reading - or a wonderful gift - for divers everywhere.
Was NZ$45.00 + delivery.
Now NZ$5.00 + delivery.
SPOT X DIVING NEW ZEALAND
By Dave Moran, Jenny & Tony Enderby. Pbk, 210mm x 295mm, 200 Pages, colour maps.
In this book, you'll find over 750 diving spots for wrecks, crayfish, scallops, caves and reefs etc.
GPS marks and access to all dive spots
Depth, current, restrictions & special conditions
Spots rated for experience and fitness
Expert preview of species & items of interest
NZ$40.00 + Delivery.
The best dive Sites of the Great Barrier Reef & CoraL Sea
By Nigel Marsh. Softback, 0.56kg, 155mm x 215mm, 236 pages. Published 2016. Full colour photographs.
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system in the World. Stretching over 2300km along the Queensland Coast. it would take several lifetimes to explore every one of the 3000 reefs.
This guide book details over 170 of the best dive sites and beyond, to the Coral Sea Reefs. Information is provided on marine life, depths, terrain, diving conditions, best time to visit and a listing of dive Operators. Extra features is included on shipwrecks and unique marine life.
Hundreds of stunning photogrpahs to inspire the diver, and non-diver alike.
Was NZ$35.00 + delivery.
Now NZ$10.00 + delivery.
DIVING & SNORKELLING GUIDE TO THAILAND
By Frank Schneider. Paperback, 0.40kg, 130mm x 194mm, 207 pages. Published 2012. Full colour photographs.
Thailand has an abundance of world-class dive sites. Spectacular reefs overgrown with a kaleidoscope of corals, schools or large pelagics, and a wealth of smaller marine life.
Packed with helpful information and side panels, this handy guide covers the sites from Richelieu Rock in the North, down to Hin Daeng in the South. Topics include:
Quick facts on site location
Duration of Boat trip
Range of dive depths and visiblity
strength of currents
Skill level required
Facts about the site
safety information and hazard potentials.
Was NZ$45.00 + delivery.
Now NZ$20.00 + delivery.
DIVING IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
A Bounty of Reefs, Wrecks and Coral Gardens
By Sarah Ann Wormald. Paperback, 0.51kg, 138mm x 220mm, 288 pages. Published 2016. Full colour photographs and maps.
The best Dive Sites in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philipines and Thailand
Areas covered include:
Malaysia - Sipadan, Layang Layang, Terangganu, Tioman, Langkawi
Indonesia - East Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali, Nusa Tenggara, Maluka,
Philippines - Southern Luzon, Visayas, Palawan, Davao, Sula sea
Thailand - Similan Islands, Ko Tachai, Mergui Arch. Shark Point, Phi Phi Islands,
Also includes information on when to dive. reef topography, liveaboard diving and much more.
NZ$50.00 + delivery.
DIVING IN INDONESIA
The Ultimate Guide to the World's Best Dive Spots
By Sarah Ann Wormald. Paperback, 0.51kg, 138mm x 220mm, 304 pages. Published 2015. Full colour photographs and maps.
The first comprehensive guide to the best dive sites in Indonesia, generally acknowledged to be the best diving anywhere in the world. This book has chapters on every dive area in the country, providing detailed maps, description, difficulty level, logistics, equipment availability, best time to visit, useful contacts, dive operators, accfomodation, livanoards, marine life and conservation.
Areas covered include:
Central, South and Southeast Sulawesi
Nusa Teggara (Lombok, Komodo, Timor, Alor)
Raja Ampat and West Papua
and Maluku (Ambon, Banda and Halmahera).
NZ$50.00 + delivery.
TOP NEW ZEALAND DIVE SITES.
By Gillian & Darryl Torckler. Softcover, 0.39Kg, 150mm x 210mm, 175 pages, Colour Photographs, published 2008.
Whether you love diving around submerged ships, admire marine life in its natural habitat, seek spectacular underwater geology, are a novice or experienced diver, Top New Zealand Dive Sites has plenty to offer everyone! New Zealand's islands are like no other in the world. They extend through a wide latitude range, their 15,000 kilometres of coastline surrounded by three bodies of water: the Tasman Sea, the Pacific Ocean and the Southern Ocean - all of which provide a stunning array of underwater architecture and unique marine wildlife to explore. Top New Zealand Dive Sites presents a lively selection of the best and most accessible sites from around the country. These are detailed within seven regions: Northland; The Poor Knights; Hauraki Gulf; East Coast and Bay of Plenty; Cook Strait; Fiordland; Lower South Island and Stewart Island. Each site entry gives location and access, depth range, currents and diving environment, dive type, proficiency level and wildlife to look out for. Throughout the book, Maori and general history surrounding each site is given, as well as information on specific flora and fauna. This book also includes an 8 page fish species identification guide in the back section.
NZ$25.00 + delivery.
By James Nestor. Paperback, 0.34kg, 215mm x 135mm, 266 pages. Colour photos. Published in 2014.
Competitive freediving, is a ridiculous sport. Divers hold their breath and see how low they can go without suffering grievous harm. Top divers submerge for more than three minutes and reach depths below 300 feet, where pressure causes human lungs to “shrink to the size of two baseballs,” Nestor writes. At first intrigued, Nestor quickly becomes disgusted as one diver after another surfaces with blood pouring from their noses, or dragged unconscious by rescue divers or in cardiac arrest. When practiced outside the structure of competition and the reckless chasing of depth records, however, freediving can be practical, even beautiful. Nestor meets researchers who freedive in order to attach satellite transmitters to sharks by hand, and freediving amid marine life, Nestor writes, is “the most direct and intimate way to connect with the ocean.” Nestor himself decides to learn to freedive, unveils startling facets of human physiology, most prominently the life-preserving reflexes known as the Master Switch of Life. Human divers survive at theoretically fatal pressures because of a reflexive retreat of blood from the extremities to the vital organs, which keeps the brain and heart flush with oxygen and the lungs engorged with enough blood to prevent collapse. Humans exposed to high pressure on land fail to flip the Master Switch. It is, then, a purely submarine aspect of our biology. Divers who learn to cultivate it, as Nestor does, can go up and down rapidly and stay submerged for several minutes.
The Master Switch is the most important character in “Deep.” It is the apotheosis of the evolutionary connections of humans to marine life that Nestor enumerates, from the ability of blind people (and dolphins and whales) to use echolocation, to evidence that humans (like sharks) might have a navigational instinct predicated on Earth’s magnetic field.
There is a point about 30 feet below the surface that freedivers know as “neutral buoyancy.” Beneath it, the ocean stops trying to spit you out and begins sucking you in. That is how “Deep” itself unfolds...
NZ$35.00 + delivery.
UNDERWATER EAR & NOSE CARE.
By Noel Roydhouse. Softcover, 0.17Kg, 140mm x 210mm, 116 pages, Black & White Images, Published 1993.
The inner ear is a critical target area for serious decompression illness and direct pressure injuries. These are well described and illustrated by case histories. Noel Roydhouse provides divers with the benefits of his long experience as an active diver and a researcher.
NZ$15.00 + delivery.
LEN JONES'S GUIDE TO SPEAR FISHING.
By Len Jones. Softcover, 0.09Kg, 150mm x 210mm, 48 pages, Colour Photographs, published 2009.
This simple booklet provides and excellent introduction to spearfishing. It is written from a South African perspective but most is applicable more widely. Interesting insights are provides on surf entries, hunting technique and using a kayak/surf-ski for spearfishing. Illustrated throughout with clear sketches.
NZ$15.00 + delivery.
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