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“What are the best books about or featuring Surfing?” We looked at 137 of the top Surfing books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 29 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Surfing” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 100+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 29 Surfing Books



29 .) Blue by Pat Grant

Lists It Appears On:

  • Airship Daily
  • Goodreads

Blue is the debut graphic novel of Australian cartoonist Pat Grant. Part autobiography, part science fiction, Blue is the story of three spotty teenagers who skip school to go surfing, only to end up investigating rumors of a dead body in their beach town.

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28 .) Chasing Dean: Surfing America’s Hurricane States by Tom Anderson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookish
  • Goodreads

Two childhood friends from small-town Wales meet in Miami for a summer road trip they’ve always dreamed of—to chase the swell of a hurricane all the way up the East Coast in search of once-in-a-lifetime surf. As they follow Hurricane Dean, they also embark on a hilarious journey of self-discovery and a travel experience like no other. Mixing the humor of Sideways with the extreme conditions of The Perfect Storm, this quirky travelogue is destined to become a cult classic.

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27 .) Eddie Would Go: The Story of Eddie Aikau, Hawaiian Hero and Pioneer of Big Wave Surfing by Stuart Holmes Coleman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • North Core

In the 1970s, a decade before bumper stickers and T-shirts bearing the phrase Eddie Would Go began popping up all over the Hawaiian islands and throughout the surfing world, Eddie Aikau was proving what it meant to be a “waterman.” As a fearless and gifted surfer, he rode the biggest waves in the world; as the first and most famous Waimea Bay lifeguard on the North Shore, he saved hundreds of lives from its treacherous waters; and as a proud Hawaiian, he sacrificed his life to save the crew aboard the voyaging canoe Hokule’a.

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26 .) LeRoy Grannis: Surf Photography of The 1960s and 1970s by Steve Barilotti and Jim Heimann

Lists It Appears On:

  • Adventure Sports Network
  • Lit Hub

At a time when surfing is more popular than ever, it’s fitting to look back at the years that brought the sport into the mainstream. Developed by Hawaiian islanders over five centuries ago, surfing began to peak on the mainland in the 1950s, taking America?and the world?by storm. Surfing became not just a sport, but a way of life, and the culture that surrounded it was admired and exported across the globe. One of the key image-makers from that period is LeRoy Grannis, a surfer since 1931, who began photographing the scene in California and Hawaii in the longboard Gidget era of the early 1960s. This collection, drawn from Grannis’s personal archives, showcases an impressive selection of surf photographs

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25 .) Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Signature Reads

From his youth as the son of a French Canadian blacksmith to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport’s equipment, Let My People Go Surfing is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life-a book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

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24 .) Making Mavericks: The Memoir of a Surfing Legend by Frosty Hesson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Surfer Today

When Richard “Frosty” Hesson was first approached by a young Jay Moriarty in 1990, the skinny kid with a sparkle in his eye only wanted one thing from the icon: his help in becoming a better surfer. Hesson, one of the first to conquer the huge waves off northern California known as Mavericks, recognized that the kid “had a vision.” Jay quickly demonstrated a resolve that reminded Frosty of his younger self, pursuing his goal with a seriousness far beyond his years. His attitude and work ethic earned Frosty’s respect and, eventually, his friendship. Making Mavericks is the inspiring story of their father-son bond and of the challenges that made each of them who they were—surf legends, and the subject of the upcoming film Chasing Mavericks.

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23 .) Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Goodreads

They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the passion that drives her to surf? How else could one explain that nothing—not even the loss of her arm—could come between her and the waves? That Halloween morning in Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany responded to the shark’s stealth attack with the calm of a girl with God on her side. Pushing pain and panic aside, she began to paddle with one arm, focusing on a single thought: “Get to the beach….” And when the first thing Bethany wanted to know after surgery was “When can I surf again?” it became clear that her spirit and determination were part of a greater story—a tale of courage and faith that this soft-spoken girl would come to share with the world.

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22 .) Surf Survival by Andrew Nathanson & Clayton Everline & Mark Renneker

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookish
  • Goodreads

They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the passion that drives her to surf? How else could one explain that nothing—not even the loss of her arm—could come between her and the waves? That Halloween morning in Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany responded to the shark’s stealth attack with the calm of a girl with God on her side. Pushing pain and panic aside, she began to paddle with one arm, focusing on a single thought: “Get to the beach….” And when the first thing Bethany wanted to know after surgery was “When can I surf again?” it became clear that her spirit and determination were part of a greater story—a tale of courage and faith that this soft-spoken girl would come to share with the world.

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21 .) Surfers Code: 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life by Shaun Tomson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Surfer Dad
  • The Inertia

In Surfer’s Code, world champion surfer Shaun Tomson shares the life lessons he’s gathered from decades of surfing―from his boyhood adventures in South Africa to the world tour in the late 1970s to the business world today. For Tomson, surfing is a hobby, a sport, a religion, an obsession, and more―it is a way of life. Tomson’s life lessons have guided his career to the top of both professional competition and the world of business. These lessons are born of the collective wisdom of the surf community and are a powerful source of inspiration in the face of extraordinary challenges of everyday life.

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20 .) Surfing Mavericks: The Unofficial Biography of Jay Moriarity by Ryan August

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Panama Jack

Jay Moriarity was a big wave surfer whose positive spirit, relentless dedication, and respect for his sport earned him the admiration of the entire surfing world. Although, he lost his life just one day before his 23rd birthday, he is still an inspiration to not just the surfing community, but to countless people that he met in his life. This book examines his life, but more importantly, it also examines Mavericks and surfing; to understand his life, it’s important to understand what he actually did and why; along with a biography on Moriarity, this book also presents an introduction to surfing.

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19 .) Sweetness and Blood: How Surfing Spread from Hawaii and California to the Rest of the World, with Some Unexpected Results by Michael Scott Moore

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mother Nature Network

“How did an obscure tribal sport from precolonial Hawaii—one that was nearly eliminated on its home islands by Christian missionaries—jump oceans to California and Australia? And how did it become such a worldwide passion, influencing lives around the globe?
In this brilliantly written travel adventure, journalist and surfer Moore visits unlikely surfing destinations —Gaza, West Africa, North England, Berlin, Bali, Japan, Cuba, and Morocco—to give the reader a folk history of surfing. This is a personal sketch for any curious reader of how the modern sport moved around the world and mingled with cultures that either have nothing to do with Hawaii or have strong reasons to resist pop silliness from the First World. The result is the story of hippies, soldiers, nutcases, and colonialism; a checkered history of the spread of Western culture in the years after World War II.”

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18 .) That Oceanic Feeling by Fiona Capp

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Goodreads

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17 .) The Kings of Cool by Don Winslow

Lists It Appears On:

  • Airship Daily
  • Goodreads

Now, in this high-octane prequel to Savages, Winslow reaches back in time to tell the story of how Ben, Chon, and O became the people they are. Spanning from 1960s Southern California to the recent past, The Kings of Cool is a breathtak­ingly original saga of family in all its forms—fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, friends and lovers. As the trio at the center of the book does battle with a cabal of drug dealers and crooked cops, they come to learn that their future is inextricably linked with their parents’ history. A series of breakneck twists and turns puts the two generations on a collision course, culminating in a stunning showdown that will force Ben, Chon, and O to choose between their real families and their loyalty to one another.

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16 .) The Tribes of Palos Verdes by Joy Nicholson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Goodreads

Medina Mason is a defiant, awkward newcomer to the affluent beach community of Palos Verdes, California. As her parents’ marriage disintegrates and her beloved brother falls prey to the temptations of drugs and the lunacy of their mother, Medina surfs to survive, finding a bitter solace in the rough comfort of the waves. This is the moving story of growing up “different,” of the love between siblings, and of one girl’s power to save herself.

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15 .) Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell: A True Story of Violence, Corruption, and the Soul of Surfing by Chas Smith

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Lit Hub

“For two months every winter, when Pacific storms make landfall, swarms of mainlanders, Brazilians, Australians, and Europeans flock to Oahu’s paradisiacal North Shore in pursuit of some of the greatest waves on earth for surfing’s Triple Crown competition. Chas Smith reveals how this influx transforms a sleepy, laid-back strip of coast into a lawless, violent, drug-addled, and adrenaline-soaked mecca.

Smith captures this exciting and dangerous place where locals, outsiders, the surf industry, and criminal elements clash in a fascinating look at class, race, power, money, and crime, set within one of the most beautiful places on earth. The result is a breathtaking blend of crime and adventure that captures the allure and wickedness of this idyllic golden world.”

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14 .) Zero Break: An Illustrated Collection of Surf Writing, 1777-2004 by Matt Warshaw

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookish
  • Goodreads

The author of The Encyclopedia of Surfing returns with this definitive anthology of the best-ever writing about surfing, illustrated with classic and cutting-edge photographs and artwork.

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13 .) All for a Few Perfect Waves: The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora by David Rensin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • North Core
  • The Inertia

For twenty years, Miki “Da Cat” Dora was the king of Malibu surfers—a dashing, enigmatic rebel who dominated the waves, ruled his peers’ imaginations, and who still inspires the fantasies of wannabes to this day. And yet, Dora railed against surfing’s sudden post-Gidget popularity and the overcrowding of his once empty waves, even after this avid sportsman, iconoclast, and scammer of wide repute ran afoul of the law and led the FBI on a remarkable seven-year chase around the globe in 1974. The New York Times named him “the most renegade spirit the sport has yet to produce” and Vanity Fair called him “a dark prince of the beach.” To fully capture Dora’s never-before-told story, David Rensin spent four years interviewing hundreds of Dora’s friends, enemies, family members, lovers, and fellow surfers to uncover the untold truth about surfing’s most outrageous practitioner, charismatic antihero, committed loner, and enduring mystery.

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12 .) Caught Inside: A Surfer’s Year on the California Coast Duane by Daniel Duane

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookish
  • Goodreads
  • North Core

A wondrous, uproarious, and surprisingly informative account of a year spend surfing, Caught Insidemarks the arrival of an exuberant new voice of the outdoors. This remarkable narrative of Daniel Duane’s life on the water is enhanced by good-humored explanations of the physics of wave dynamics, the intricate art of surfboard design, and lyrical, sharp-eyed descriptions of the flora and fauna of the Pacific wilderness. From Captain Cook and Mark Twain to Robinson Jeffers and Jack London, from portraits of famous (and infamous) surfers to an analysis of Gidget’s perverse significance, Duane expertly uncovers the myths and symbols bound up in one of our most vibrant and recognizably American subjects.

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11 .) Gidget by Frederick Kohner

Lists It Appears On:

  • Airship Daily
  • Goodreads
  • Signature Reads

This is Franzie, part Holden Caulfield, part Lolita. The guys call her Gidget—short for girl midget. Based on the experiences of his own daughter, Frederick Kohner’s trend-setting novel became an international sensation with an irrepressible heroine whose voice still echoes every thrill, every fear, and every hope that every teenager ever had about growing up.

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10 .) Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave by Peter Heller

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookish
  • Goodreads
  • Panama Jack

With grit, poetry, and humor, Peter Heller, acclaimed author of The Whale Warriors recounts his remarkable journey of discovery—of surfing, an entirely new challenge; of the ocean’s beauty and power; of the strange surf subculture; of love; and, most of all, of how to seek adventure while crafting a meaningful life.

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9 .) The History of Surfing by Matt Warshaw

Lists It Appears On:

  • Lit Hub
  • Panama Jack
  • Surfer Today

Matt Warshaw knows more about surfing than any other person on the planet. After five years of research and writing, Warshaw has crafted an unprecedented history of the sport and the culture it has spawned. At nearly 500 pages, with 250,000 words and more than 250 rare photographs, The History of Surfing reveals and defines this sport with a voice that is authoritative, funny, and wholly original. The obsessive nature of this endeavor is matched only by the obsessive nature of surfers, who will pore through these pages with passion and opinion. A true category killer, here is the definitive history of surfing.

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8 .) Tapping the Source by Kem Nunn

Lists It Appears On:

  • Airship Daily
  • Goodreads
  • Lit Hub
  • Mother Nature Network

People come to Huntington Beach in search of the endless party, the ultimate high, and the perfect wave. Ike Tucker has come to look for his sister and the three men who might have murdered her. His search takes him on a journey through a twisted world of crazed Vietnam vets, sadistic surfers, drug dealers, and mysterious seducers. And if he’s not careful, it is a journey from which he will never return.

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7 .) The Dawn Patrol by Don Winslow

Lists It Appears On:

  • Airship Daily
  • Goodreads
  • Signature Reads
  • Surfer Dad

Every morning Boone Daniels catches waves with the other members of The Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is. Or nearly. They have “real j-o-b-s”; Boone, however, works as a PI just enough to keep himself afloat. But Boone’s most recent gig-investigating an insurance scam—has unexpectedly led him to a ghost from his past. And while he may have to miss the biggest swell of his surfing career, this job is about to give him a wilder ride than anything he’s ever encountered. Filled with killer waves and a coast line to break your heart, The Dawn Patrol will leave you gasping for air.

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6 .) The Dogs of Winter by Kem Nunn

Lists It Appears On:

  • Airship Daily
  • Goodreads
  • Lit Hub
  • North Core

Heart Attacks is California’s last secret spot—the premier mysto surf haunt, the stuff of rumor and legend. The rumors say you must cross Indian land to get there. They tell of hostile locals and shark-infested waters where waves in excess of thirty feet break a mile from shore. For down-and-out photographer Jack Fletcher, the chance to shoot these waves in the company of surfing legend Drew Harmon offers the promise of new beginnings. But Drew is not alone in the northern reaches of the state. His young wife, Kendra, lives there with him. Obsessed with the unsolved murder of a local girl, Kendra has embarked upon a quest of her own, a search for truth—however dark that truth may prove to be.

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5 .) Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Lit Hub
  • Mother Nature Network
  • North Core
  • Signature Reads

“Barbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.

Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter. Barbarian Days takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses—off the coasts of New York and San Francisco. It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships forged in challenging waves.”

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4 .) Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer’s Quest to Find Zen on the Sea by Jaimal Yogis

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Lit Hub
  • Mother Nature Network
  • North Core
  • Panama Jack

Fed up with teenage life in the suburbs, Jaimal Yogis ran off to Hawaii with little more than a copy of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha and enough cash for a surfboard. His journey is a coming-of-age saga that takes him from communes to monasteries, from the warm Pacific to the icy New York shore. Equal parts spiritual memoir and surfer’s tale, this is a chronicle of finding meditative focus in the barrel of a wave and eternal truth in the great salty blue.

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3 .) The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Goodreads
  • Lit Hub
  • North Core
  • Signature Reads

For legendary surfer Laird Hamilton, hundred foot waves represent the ultimate challenge. As Susan Casey travels the globe, hunting these monsters of the ocean with Hamilton’s crew, she witnesses first-hand the life or death stakes, the glory, and the mystery of impossibly mammoth waves. Yet for the scientists who study them, these waves represent something truly scary brewing in the planet’s waters. With inexorable verve, The Wave brilliantly portrays human beings confronting nature at its most ferocious.

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2 .) Breath by Tim Winton

Lists It Appears On:

  • Airship Daily
  • Bookish
  • Goodreads
  • Lit Hub
  • North Core
  • Surfer Dad

On the wild, lonely coast of Western Australia, two thrillseeking and barely adolescent boys fall into the enigmatic thrall of veteran big-wave surfer Sando. Together they form an odd but elite trio. The grown man initiates the boys into a kind of Spartan ethos, a regimen of risk and challenge, where they test themselves in storm swells on remote and shark-infested reefs, pushing each other to the edges of endurance, courage, and sanity. But where is all this heading? Why is their mentor’s past such forbidden territory? And what can explain his American wife’s peculiar behavior? Venturing beyond all limits—in relationships, in physical challenge, and in sexual behavior—there is a point where oblivion is the only outcome. Full of Winton’s lyrical genius for conveying physical sensation, Breath is a rich and atmospheric coming-of-age tale from one of world literature’s finest storytellers.

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1 .) In Search of Captain Zero: A Surfer’s Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road by Allan Weisbecker

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Lit Hub
  • Mother Nature Network
  • North Core
  • Signature Reads
  • Surfer Dad

In 1996, Allan Weisbecker sold his home and his possessions, loaded his dog and surfboards into his truck, and set off in search of his long-time surfing companion, Patrick, who had vanished into the depths of Central America. In this rollicking memoir of his quest from Mexico to Costa Rica to unravel the circumstances of Patrick’s disappearance, Weisbecker intimately describes the people he befriended, the bandits he evaded, the waves he caught and lost en route to finding his friend.

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The 100+ Additional Best Surfing Books



 

#BookAuthorLists
(Titles Appear In 1 List Each)
30A Golden Age: Surfing’s Revolutionary 1960s and ’70sRichard Olsen and John Witzig
Adventure Sports Network
31After SummerNick EarlsGoodreads
32Amazing Surf Stories: Tales of Incredible Waves and Remarkable RidersAlex WadeSurfer Dad
33Australia’s Hottest 100 Surfing LegendsPhil JarrattGoodreads
34Becoming WesterlyJamie BrisickLit Hub
35Blue HeavenMurray WaldingGoodreads
36BoardDavid C. FlanaganGoodreads
37Bunker Spreckels: Surfing’s Divine Prince of DecadenceC.R. Stecyk IIIGoodreads
38Chasing DreamsAaron JenningsGoodreads
39Chasing Waves: A Surfer’s Tale of Obsessive WanderingAmy WaeschleBustle
40Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of SurvivalNorman OllestadGoodreads
41Da Bull: Live Over the EdgeGregg NollGoodreads
42Dawn Patrol and The Gentlemen’s HourDon WinslowLit Hub
43Distant Shores: Surfing the Ends of the Earth
Panama Jack
44Dogs of WinterKem NunnSurfer Dad
45DogTown: The Legend of the Z-boysC.R. Stecyk III and Glen E. Friedman
Adventure Sports Network
46Essential SurfingGeorge OrbelianGoodreads
47Fear NothingDean KoontzSurfer Dad
48Fit to SurfRocky Snyder
Surfer Today
49Free Days With George: Learning Life’s Little Lessons from One Very Big DogColin CampbellGoodreads
50Girl in the Curl: A Century of Women in SurfingAndrea GabbardBustle
51God Clobbers Us AllPoe BallantineSurfer Dad
52Grey Skies, Green Waves: A Surfer’s Journey Around the UK and IrelandTom AndersonGoodreads
53High Surf: The World’s Most Inspiring SurfersTim BakerGoodreads
54Imperfect SolitudeTom MahonyGoodreads
55It’s Love, Dude (Jardin Bay, #1)Jenny SchwartzGoodreads
56Just Add Water: A Surfing Savant’s Journey with Asperger’sClay MarzoGoodreads
57Keeping Mr. Right Now (Kisses in the Sand, #1)Robin BielmanGoodreads
58Kelly Slater: For the LoveKelly SlaterGoodreads
59Laird Hamilton Force of NatureLaird HamiltonNorth Core
60Last WavePaul HaydenGoodreads
61LawlessTracey WardGoodreads
62Legacy of Stoke: A Collection of the Stories That Made Us SurfersJoseph TomarchioGoodreads
63Liquid Comfort – A Surf StoryCheryl Lee PetroGoodreads
64Locals Only: California Skateboarding 1975-1978Hugh Holland and Steve Crist
Adventure Sports Network
65Looking for MoDaniel DuaneGoodreads
66Measuring UpG.J. StroudGoodreads
67Morning Glass: The Adventures of Legendary Waterman Mike DoyleSteve Sorensen Mike DoyleGoodreads
68MP: The Life of Michael PetersonSean DohertyGoodreads
69Native MomentsNic SchuckGoodreads
70Once Upon AbundanceFred Van DykeGoodreads
71Pacific OfferingTom MahonyGoodreads
72Paddling My Own CanoeAudrey SutherlandBustle
73Puberty BluesKathy LetteGoodreads
74RatoonMark MorganGoodreads
75Ratoon The Next GenerationMark MorganGoodreads
76Raw BlueKirsty EagarGoodreads
77ReturnWater: Surf Stories and AdventuresGoodreads
78Riding Bumps: Sup and Prone Paddle Race TrainingRoch FreyGoodreads
79Riding the Magic Carpet: A Surfer’s Odyssey to Find the Perfect WaveTom AndersonGoodreads
80Saltwater MoonsJulie GittusGoodreads
81SavagesDon Winslow
Airship Daily
82Scratching the Horizon: A Surfing LifeIzzy PaskowitzGoodreads
83Slide Your Brains out: Surfing in General 1997-2012Ed Templeton, Thomas Campbell, and Scott Hulet
Adventure Sports Network
84Sons of The ShireSean BatmanGoodreads
85Stealing the Wave: The Epic Struggle Between Ken Bradshaw and Mark FooAndy MartinGoodreads
86Stoked: A History of Surf CultureDrew KamptonBookish
87Surf AcheGerry BobsienGoodreads
88Surf CraftRichard KenvinLit Hub
89Surf for Your LifeMick FanningGoodreads
90Surf Forecasting for Invasions During World War IIJohn C. Crowell
Surfer Today
91Surf GraphicsJim PhillipsGoodreads
92Surf Is Where You Find ItGerry LopezGoodreads
93Surf Science: An Introduction to Waves for SurfingTony ButtGoodreads
94Surf ShackNina Freudenberger
Signature Reads
95Surf ShacksGestaltenNorth Core
96Surf’s UpLouise Southerden
Signature Reads
97SurfariTim BakerBookish
98Surfer ChickHenry ColeBookish
99Surfer ChickKristy DempseyGoodreads
100Surfer Girls in the New World OrderKrista ComerBustle
101Surfer Magazine: 50 YearsSam George
Surfer Today
102Surfers’ BloodPatrick Trefz, Joel Patterson, Rusty Long, and Margaret Cohen
Adventure Sports Network
103Surfing CaliforniaBank WrightGoodreads
104Surfing Guide To Southern CaliforniaBill ClearyGoodreads
105Surfing HawaiiRod Sumpter
Surfer Today
106Surfing Photographs from the Eighties Taken by Jeff DivineScott Hulet and Jeff Divine
Adventure Sports Network
107Surfing Photographs from the SeventiesJeff Divine
Adventure Sports Network
108Surfing San Onofre to Point Dume: 1936-1942Don JamesGoodreads
109Surfing The Manual: AdvancedJim Kempton
Surfer Today
110Surfing The WorldChris Nelson and Demi Taylor
Surfer Today
111Surfing with SartreAaron James
Signature Reads
112Surfing’s Greatest MisadventuresTyler McMahon & Paul DiamondBookish
113Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance SwimmerLynne CoxBustle
114Ten Good Reasons (Sandy Cove, #2)Lauren ChristopherGoodreads
115The AlchemistThe Inertia
116The Big Drop: Classic Big Wave Surfing StoriesJohn LongSurfer Dad
117The California Surf ProjectEric SoderquistGoodreads
118The Ding Repair Scriptures: The Complete Guide to Surfboard RepairGeorge ColendichGoodreads
119The Encyclopedia of SurfingMatt Warshaw
Surfer Today
120The Gentleman’s HourDon WinslowGoodreads
121The Red Bikini (Sandy Cove, #1)Lauren ChristopherGoodreads
122The Rift RiderMark J. OliverGoodreads
123The Soul of Surfing
Panama Jack
124The Stormrider Surf Guide: Indonesia And The…Bruce SutherlandBookish
125The SurfboardBen Marcus
Surfer Today
126The Surfin’ary: A Dictionary of Surfing Terms and SurfspeakTrevor CralleGoodreads
127The Wavewatchers’ CompanionGavin Pretor-PinneySurfer Dad
128The WetSand WaveCast Guide to Surf ForecastingNathan Todd Cool
Surfer Today
129The Winter of Frankie MachineDon WinslowGoodreads
130The World in the CurlPeter Westwick and Peter Neushul
Signature Reads
131The World Stormrider Guide Volume 1, 2 and 3Bruce Sutherland
Surfer Today
132Thrust: The Simon Anderson StorySimon AndersonGoodreads
133Tijuana StraitsKem NunnGoodreads
134To Touch a Wild Dolphin: A Journey of Discovery with the Sea’s Most Intelligent CreaturesRachel SmolkerBustle
135Ultimate Surfing AdventuresAlf AndersonNorth Core
136Wave Hunters: The Incredible Story of Treasure…Chris LacyBookish
137West of JesusThe Inertia


13 Best Surfer Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Adventure Sports Network Eight coffee table surf and skate books you should own
Airship Daily The Most Summer of All Reads: The Best of Surf Fiction
Bookish Surfing Books: Twelve We Like
Bustle 10 Books About Surfing Every Woman Needs To Read
Goodreads Best Books on Surfing for Surfers
Lit Hub AN ENDLESS SUMMER OF THE BEST IN SURF LIT
Mother Nature Network 5 books about surfing that everyone should read
North Core An ultimate guide to books on surfing
Panama Jack Top 6 Must Read Surfing Books
Signature Reads Life in the Tube: The Best Surfing Books to Read Right Now
Surfer Dad My top 10 surf books
Surfer Today The best surf books of all time
The Inertia 4 Books that will Make You Fall in Love with Surfing all Over Again