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The history of the surfboard is one of innovation---innovation that has in turn shaped the sport of surfing. The Surfboard follows this history, from the first "wave-riding" redwood planks crafted by ancient Hawaiians to the vacuum-sealed, lightweight, "plastic fantastic" technological marvels of today. Beautifully illustrated with historical prints and engravings, as well as the latest surf photography and detailed closeups, this book documents the evolution of the surfboard as a perfect convergence of form and function.


Even in the beginning, the surfboard was a religious icon. The ancient Hawaiians rode their koa boards in homage to the sea’s gods. And today, surfing is a philosophy and a way of life rolled into one.

Here, at last, is the first-ever history of the surfboard! From the ancient Hawaiians’ monstrous koa planks to the latest and greatest plastic fantastic masterpieces, the surfboard’s tale is told in glorious photography and stoked text.


Author Ben Marcus writes for Surfer, The Surfer’s Journal, and other magazines. Photographer Jeff Divine is one of the world’s foremost surfing shooters and photo editor at The Surfer’s Journal. And Juliana Morais photographed Fernando Aguerre’s amazing collection of rare, historic, unusual, and famous surfboards to create The Surfboard: Art, Style, Stoke.



  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ MVP Books; First edition (April 5, 2010)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0760338868
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0760338865
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.5 x 0.75 x 12 inches



The Surfboard: Art, Style, Stoke

  • Ben Marcus is a stoked gremmie who grew up surfing Santa Cruz and Malibu. After high school, he traveled the world in search of the perfect wave. He served 10 years as associate editor at The Surfer magazine. He now writes for The Surfer's Journal and other surf publications. Ben is the author of Voyageur's Surfing USA! and a forthcoming surf guidebook series for Chronicle. He lives in Malibu.

    Jeff Divine is one of the world's most famed surfing photographers, bar none. He is the photo editor at The Surfer's Journal.

    Dividing her time between her native Brazil and the United States, Juliana Morais is a photographer, filmmaker, and writer who contributes to ESPN Brazil and several surf and sports magazines worldwide. She is also a surfer.

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