Some of the best books you'll find. Good reads & awesome coffee table books based around Surfing, Snowboarding, Architecture, Design, Off the grid living, Adventure Cooking, Hiking & Climbing. All beautifully photographed & written.
On the cover: The mirage-like Palmetto Point, in all its “everything aligns” glory. With access and, potentially, natural sediment distributions at risk due to big-moneyed interests, Barbuda’s already ephemeral wave could become nonexistent, wiped out in place of vacation estates and tee boxes. It’s the rare cause worthy of spot exposure in the name of preservation.
More Book Than Magazine
A reader-supported surf publication founded in 1992, The Surfer’s Journal is a vivid, authoritative, and independent document that delivers purist surf energy in each 132-page bimonthly edition.
Surf Is Where You Find It (3rd Edition- paperback)
Surf Is Where You Find It (3rd Edition- paperback)
The saying goes, "The second best thing about surfing is talking about it afterward." Gerry Lopez, one of the most revered surfers of all time brings readers a collection of stories of harrowing waves, epic wipeouts, and heroes encountered over a lifetime on the water. From growing up in Hawaii and finding the tube in the early days at Pipeline, to pioneering legendary spots like Uluwatu and G-Land, Surf Is Where You Find It preserves memories of surf eras gone by and commemorates those who helped shape the surfing world today. Originally published in 2008, more than 50,000 copies later, this re-launch is redesigned with new photos. Timed with the release of a new documentary, The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez, produced by equally legendary surfer and skateboarder Stacy Peralta, these 38 stories and hundreds of photos offer more Gerry than ever before.
Comes with a Vimeo code to watch the newly remastered 4K film, and “RE-MOTE: The Lost Reels” a 40-minute film cut from the never-before-seen outtakes.
This beautifully designed coffee table book commemorates Morning of the Earth’s 50th Anniversary and showcases 170 brilliantly remastered images from the film. Executed without compromise, it is the definitive companion, featuring 50 screen grabs from never-before-seen outtakes that reveal a forgotten past. The book is swiss-bound for a truly immersive lay-flat experience, presenting crystal clear imagery on uncoated paper stock that transports the viewer back to a land before time. See Australia, Bali and Hawaii before rampant development took over; see the wide angled point of views that didn’t make the film; see legendary scenes like the surf discovery of Uluwatu, Bali; and travel back to the early 70’s where country soul was life, and surfing was too.
The book includes a 40-page introduction with Albert Falzon and Torren Martyn, a foreword by David Elfick, and essays by Sean Doherty, Jamie Brisick, Simon Jones and Falzon, who share intimate stories, dive deep into the history of the film, reveal rare never-before-seen archival treasures, and explore the early development of an artist and the filmmaker’s journey. This treasure keeps the story going and, as a comprehensive look at Morning of the Earth’s 50-year heritage, is a must-have and pre-requisite for any surfer and cinephile alike. It is a stunning time capsule that paints a picture of imagination and will allow you to fall in love with Morning of the Earth all over again.
Swiss Bound for a lay flat experience
Produced with FSC Certified materials
Printed in Italy
GRAJAGAN ~ Surfing in the Tiger's Liar ~ G-land 1972 -84
Co-authors Mike Ritter (author of Thai Stick) and noted surf filmmaker Jack McCoy explode the myths around the early days of discovery at Grajagan (G-Land) one of the crown jewels of surfing. This mythical surf break would become the focus of ‘ ’ Mike Boyum’s obsession to create the world’s first camp in the zone where tiger-inhabited jungle meets pristine sea. Ritter & McCoy’s verified account of the motley crew of drifters and scammers who first found their way to this surfing mecca is both compelling and powerful. This book will delight and excite all surfers and adventurers who prefer to venture off the beaten track.
Surfing is a way of life. A life dominated by the waves and the tide with a cozy place to pause in between. The second chapter in the Surf Shacks series by Matt Titone illustrates how surfers live both on and offshore.
Many abodes can fall under the label of surf shack: city apartments, cabins nestled next to national parks, or tiny Hawaiian huts. Surfing communities are overflowing with creativity, innovation, and rich personas. Surf Shacks takes a deeper look at surfers’ homes and artistic habits. Glimpses of record collections, strolls through backyard gardens, or a peek into a painter’s studio provide insight into surfers’ lives.
From the remote Hawaiian treehouse and converted bus home of the Goodwin family to the Japanese mountain cabin that the founder of Gentemstick, Taro Tamai, calls home, every space has a unique tale. Jamie Smallwood, a sustainable architect, built an off the grid shipping container compound in Byron Bay as a new domicile. The moments that these vibrant personalities spend away from the swell and the froth are both captivating and nuanced.
Through anecdotes and photographs, illustrations and conversations, Surf Shacks reveals a more personal side to surfing and its eclectic cast of characters.
Editors: Matt Titone
Release date: August 2020
Format: 24 × 28 cm
Features: Full color, hardcover, 288 pages
Matt Titone is a graphic designer from Delaware. Following a stint as a freelance designer and art director in New York City, he moved to Los Angeles in 2006 where he co-founded creative agency ITAL/C Studio and Indoek, an online platform rooted in surf culture and the creative community around it. Indoek’s first Surf Shacks book was published by gestalten in 2017.
Turn and Go! 50 Years of Surf Writings by Steve Pezman
Explore a new generation of hotels, guesthouses, and hospitality venues that have traded the bustle of cities for the peace of remote and regional areas.
A thoughtful guide to a new kind of travel, Slow Escapes explores hotels, guesthouses, and hospitality venues that are reinvigorating rural areas by fostering meaningful connections between people and place. Drawing upon principles of the slow movement, these places embrace ideas of community, sustainability, and seasonality, and are involved in the preservation of heritage, culture, and tradition.
From an 18th-century sheep farm reimagined as a guest house in the far north of Iceland to a new-age finca in the heart of Andalusia; from a homestead-turned-farm-and-fermentory in the Catskills to the Fogo Island Inn, a social enterprise and hotel set on an island off an island in the North Atlantic; read the stories behind the places that are changing the way we vacation—for the better.
Photographer Matt Dunbar and editor Vaughan Blakey have joined forces to produce a 120 page journal of Laura’s journey into big wave surfing, as seen in the Undone film. Our book provides authentic insight into the personal challenges that Laura faced, as she went in pursuit of the most dangerous waves in the world. Laughter and tears aplenty, it was truly epic - even though it didn’t always go to plan.
Featuring interviews with surfing royalty such as Stephanie Gilmore, Joel Parkinson, Layne Beachley and others, accompanied by imagery from leading Australian surf photographers, Matt Dunbar, Stu Gibson, Nick Green, Duncan Macfarlane, Simon ‘Swilly’ Williams. Interviews by Vaughan Blakey, design by Danny Johnson.
Humane Home: Easy Steps for Sustainable & Green Living
Humane Home: Easy Steps for Sustainable & Green Living by Sarah Lozanova
Create your own unique sustainable home and life with tools, tips, and inspiration from The Humane Home. Sarah Lozanova shows us how to evaluate all the ways our lifestyle and living choices can be more sustainable, from powering our homes to the food we consume and the air we breathe. Small steps empower us to act immediately by starting an herb garden, reducing utility bills, and learning how to conduct a home energy audit.
The fun, DIY activities and easy-to-follow, ecofriendly practices reshape how we think about our living spaces and help us create a blueprint for our own personal version of a humane home.
Over the last 25 years, Cam Honan has trekked more than 90,000 km (55,000 mi). Backpacker Magazine claims to never have met “anyone who’s logged more miles.” Cam has hiked in over 50 countries and splits his time between Australia and his second home of Mexico.
Embark on a thrilling exploration of the world’s most exciting, magnificent, and diverse walking trails and hiking destinations. Besides the better-known paths, The Hidden Tracks will also highlight some of the more out-of-the-way gems—be it an expedition on the other side of the world or a day’s hike just a few hours from your hometown.
From a magic trail leading through a forest of giant trees and breathtaking mountain ascents in South America to a trek among some of the highest sand dunes in the world in Mongolia, this selection of one-of-a-kind trails is presented with stunning imagery, detailed trail descriptions, overview maps, and insider advice on how to make the most of each trip. The book is both a visual journey and an invitation to pack your hiking boots and discover untouched hiking destinations.
Editors: Gestalten & Cam Honan
Release date: September 2018
Format: 24 × 30 cm
Features: Full color, hardcover, stitch bound, 272 pages
America is a hiker’s paradise: a patchwork of diverse wildlife, breathtaking vistas, and once-in-a-lifetime challenges, woven together by the nation’s countless trails. From the depths of the Grand Canyon to the slopes of Denali, the continent’s highest peak, Wanderlust USA takes you to the trailhead of 30 unforgettable hikes. Follow long-distance adventurer Cam Honan as he guides the way through each trail’s terrain, ecology, and history. Ranging from day trips to extended backcountry excursions, there are hikes to suit both the experienced trekker and the enthusiastic newcomer. With expert advice and tales from the wilderness, overview maps, spectacular photography, and a bonus section highlighting 20 additional trails from around the country, Wanderlust USA is the ultimate guide to the great American hike.
Editors: gestalten & Cam Honan
Release date: October 2019
Format: 22,5 × 29 cm
Features: Full color, hardcover, 320 pages
Described by Backpacker Magazine as “the most travelled hiker on earth”, Cam Honan has trekked in 61 countries across six continents, logging more than 96,500 km (60,000 mi) over the last three decades. He documents his journeys on his blog, The Hiking Life, and has authored two bestselling titles for gestalten—Wanderlust and The Hidden Tracks.
Unearthed ~ The story of one kid's surf journey ~ Stephen Cooney
Stephen’s account of his childhood and life as a grom is in turn both funny and poignant, as he reveals some of his family’s tragedies and struggles. The stories of filming MOTE and those early days at Tracks will surely one day make it to the silver screen. All three acts of Stephen Cooney’s early life will entertain and enlighten you, and serve as a companion piece to other works celebrating the 50th anniversary of the seminal surf film Morning of the Earth.
“On Surfing” is a new book from Indoek about the finer points of what the pursuit garners in those that surf, in and out of the water. It’s a collaboration between writer, Michael Adno, and artist / designer, Matt Titone. The series spans pros and industry stalwarts to enigmatic locals and folk heroes. From Gerry Lopez, Kassia Meador, and Mikey February to Stephanie Gilmore, Taro Tamai, and Thomas Campbell, the series shows just how coded, nuanced, and eclectic surfing has become. The concept is simple: We ask all subjects the same questions about their life-long relationships to surfing and the memories they conjure up, and their stories appear alongside hand-drawn portraits. Our goal with this project is to bundle together a set of thoughtful interviews that reveal both the small, prosaic details about surfing but more meaningfully to articulate bigger questions about just what has cast such a spell on this cast of characters. In turn, we hoped it might become an indispensable source of inspiration on every surfer’s bookshelf, one more stab at giving shape to the thing that cannot be named about surfing.
Interviews by Michael Adno Illustrations by Matt Titone Format: 6×8” Volume: Approx. 100 pages Binding: perfect bound book with cloth linen taped spine Printing: 1-color Foil Stamped cover + Offset printed interior pages. Printed in the USA at Shapco Paper: 4 different recycled color paper stocks by French Paper Language: English
Peter Troy OAM was the legendary first Australian surfer to explore the world with a surfboard under his arm. This book reveals hundreds of letters and postcards he regularly sent to his parents in the 4 years from 1963 on to 1966, describing his many amazing experiences on the road. Plus maps he kept, stories about friends he made, photos and so much more.
Edited and compiled by Brendan McAloon and Sean Doherty, the first hard cover edition sold out almost immediately, and now finally this Limited Edition Paperback edition has been released by his wife Libby Troy. Get in quick before this edition sells out too.
An original and influential Victorian surfer from the early 1950's pioneering Bells Beach, Troy left Australia by ship in 1963 and roamed the planet with a 9 foot plus surfboard under arm, from Europe to Hawaii, South America to Africa, introducing surfing to Brazil and discovering untold perfect waves, like Nias in 1975 off the coast of Sumatra. He was a pioneer, comparing lugging his balsa longboard around the globe to "travelling with a grand piano". But his surfboard was his letter of introduction, and his trail-blazing adventures etched his name into surfing folklore, inspiring a generation to look beyond their local beach. He documented every step of his remarkable journeys in letters home, which remained undiscovered until his untimely death in 2008. This is his story, of his first 4 year odyssey as he hitch-hiked into surfing history.
As a respected surfer, Peter was selected to demonstrate boardriding at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Peter went on to co-found the first Bells contest in 1962. He was European Champion in 1963 and went on to compete at Makaha in Hawaii and the World Title in Peru. In 1981, he was instrumental in developing a plan to create the Australian Surfing Museum in Torquay. In 2007, Peter was further recognised when he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Peter passed away in 2008.
351 pages Paperback edition Size: 240 x 165 mm x One Inch Thick
Hit the Road – and leave your comfort zone behind. Step aboard a four-wheeled home that allows you the freedom to stay wherever you want, whenever you want, and however you want. Watch the passing landscapes, follow the desire to see what is just over the horizon line, and escape from modern monotony.
Be it the story of a couple that traveled across Spain, Portugal, and the United Kingdom in a Volkswagen T4 on a journey to enrich their culinary education to a trek from one tip of Canada to the other behind the wheel of a Honda Element with the aurora borealis as a guiding light to a group of friends who perseveringly drove a Porsche 944 from England to Cape Town: Hit the Road welcomes you to follow these nomads and their journeys with stunning photography and details of their intrepid transportation. Rides range from classic Volkswagen Bullis to refurbished Airstream trailers and unstoppable 4x4s. From the deserts of Africa to the snow-capped mountains of Mongolia: prepare to hit the road.
William Sharp began taking surfing photographs in southern California in the early seventies and was quickly drawn into the nascent skateboard scene, shooting friends emulating surfing moves on pavement. The work is priceless, not only for its documentary value, but for the beautiful images captured and later developed by Sharp himself. Now in a more compact format, this title is a timeless and nostalgic collection of photographs documenting the skateboarding scene in the 1970s. ISBN 9783943330472. Gingko Press.
Push: J. Grant Brittain - '80s Skateboarding Photography
The dynamic images from the analog era found inPUSHdemonstrate why Grant Brittain has become one of the most widely-recognized skateboard photographers on the planet. Brittain has been at the epicenter of California skateboarding since landing a job at Del Mar Skate Ranch in 1978. Brittain started shooting Kodachrome at Del Mar in 1979, and within a few years he was submitting photographs to TransWorld Skateboarding magazine, going on to become Photo Editor there shortly thereafter. In 1987, "The Push," a photo of Tod Swank made the cover of TransWorld, becoming one of the most recognizable photos in all of skateboarding. J Grant Brittain has mentored dozens of budding photographers while achieving the status of icon to skateboarders around the world. It's high time the world gets a chance to see this collection of his work from the 1980s that has inspired so many.PUSHincludes a foreword by Tony Hawk, an introduction by Miki Vuckovich and a fold-out timeline by Garry Scott Davis.
From the Route des Grandes Alpes to the rough gravel paths that flank the Silk Road and into the arid Californian desert, Ride Out! chronicles some of the best motorcycle journeys in the world—both on- and offroad.
Detailed maps lead you to famous mountain passes and along scenic ocean roads. A motorcycle rider is always on the hunt for the perfect curve, the perfect scenery, and the perfect flow, but it’s the unexpected experiences that fine tune the perfect trip. From exploring new cultures to meeting new people and soaking in the sights and sounds along the way, the culture of discovery is what drives many to gear up for a ride. Pack light for a quick day trip with friends, or gear up for a long haul around the world. Traveling by two wheels on a cross-country expedition offers a freedom unmatched—it’s an adventure in its purest form.
Release date: August 2018
Format: 24 × 30 cm
Features: Full color, hardcover, stitch bound, 272 pages
The New Outsiders showcases must-visit locations and unusual experiences from Iceland to Patagonia for everyone who calls the great outdoors their second home.
At the heart of this book are those maverick spirits who are striding forward to find creative solutions to protect and preserve the landscapes that have transformed us—ideas deeply inspired by our connection to nature. From pioneers of closed-loop clothing, who continually recycle their materials into new products, to the open-source approach of sustainable outdoor brands, we are holding ourselves accountable for our actions in everything we do. We free dive beneath the ice in Canada and free-climb Patagonian peaks. We trek through the frozen tundra of Baffin Island, savor the beauty of North America from the saddle of a bike, and surf Arctic waves. Pick up your backpack and step outside—it is time to get inspired to live a life less ordinary beneath the open sky.
Off the Road is a collection of outdoor adventures and the vehicular travel companions and equipment that make them possible. Its stunning photography transports us to awe-inspiring landscapes while revealing the lifestyle of those who make their homes on wheelst least temporarily. The book also tells the stories of young families, globetrotters who travel on a dime, weekend explorers, surf libertines, and professional adventurers who have created a slice of paradise wherever they chose to park.
100 Page Hardbound Book / DVD / Private Online link to Film - 2500 COPIES ONLY
By Andrew Kidman & Ellis Ericson
Featuring the modern evolution of George Greenough’s Edge Boards.
Titling and artwork by Barry McGee
Art Direction by James Newitt
ON THE EDGE OF A DREAM
For the past five years Ellis Ericson and Andrew Kidman have been working with George Greenough on the modern evolution of his Edge Board design.
Ericson and Kidman are both shapers; the book and film charts their journey as they work with Greenough to personalise their own equipment with a design George has been toying around with since the late ‘60s.
Shot in Australia on the North Coast of New South Wales it features the original venues Lennox Head and Angourie where Greenough’s innovative Edge designs were tested in the early ‘70s.
To surf is to be at one with nature, in an intimacy that imbues any spot with a certain magic. An atlas of stories and surf breaks, 'The Surf Atlas' celebrates both the practice and the places of surfing. Explore the world’s most unique, unusual, and most-loved surf destinations – from catching waves under the northern lights in Iceland to the best waves in California. This book moves beyond sunshine and palm trees to get to the heart of a way of life that is in communion with nature and place.Surfing is a way of life. It is communion with place. Living with and by the tides, surfers are attuned to the environment. They experience the sea at all seasons, learn the movements of the ocean, feel the moods of the break. ISBN 9783967040586. Die Gestalten Verlag. hb. 320 pages. full colour. 24 x 30 cm. available
One of the most unlikely and admired surfers uses his notoriety to protect one of the best surf breaks in the world.
This is the story of Ramón Alejandro Navarro Rojas, who rides the biggest surf on the planet to save the stunning Chilean coastline that is his home, Punta de Lobos.
Bred of nine generations of subsistence fishers and foragers, Ramon was raised to provide for his family through a deep understanding of the ocean. He has done that, however, in a way that his forefathers never imagined, by riding the biggest waves in the world.
Ramón, however, believes his accomplishments in giant surf are merely part of a much bigger vision. In stunning photos and through the voices of those who know him best and admire him most, this companion to Chris Malloy’s movie, The Fisherman’s Son, captures the spirit of this inspiring man who surfs to save the breaks and waters that he loves.
Contributors to the book include Gerry Lopez, Kohl Christensen, Dusty Middleton, Josh Berry, Nick Mucha, and more. A portion of the proceeds from the book and film will be used to support Ramon’s ePaperback with belly band
Contributions from Gerry Lopez, Kohl Christensen, Dusty Middleton, Josh Berry, Nick Mucha, and more
A portion of the proceeds from the book and film will be used to support Ramon’s environmental efforts
Full-color photos throughout
Published by Patagonia
Printed in China on 100% recycled papernvironmental efforts.
The Responsible Company: What We've Learned from Patagonia's First 40 Years ~ Yvon Chouinard & Vincent Stanley
In The Responsible Company, published by Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia, and Vincent Stanley, co-editor of its Footprint Chronicles, draw on their 40 years' experience at Patagonia – and knowledge of current efforts by other companies – to articulate the elements of responsible business for our time.
In The Responsible Company, published by Patagonia, Chouinard and Stanley recount how the company and its culture gained the confidence – step by step and misstep – to make its work progressively more responsible, and to ultimately share its discoveries with companies as large as Wal-Mart and as small as the corner bakery.
Dimensions: 8.25" x 5.5" x .4"
Published by Patagonia
Printed on FSC Recycled paper
Swell: Sailing the Pacific In Search in Search of Surf & Self
In this memoir, Captain Liz Clark captures her voyage in gripping detail, sharing tales of sailing in high seas, of solitude and surprises, of finding connection to the earth and commitment to living in harmony with it. Swell: A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening is published by Patagonia.
Embarking on an adventure that most only fantasize about, in 2006 Liz Clark set sail from Santa Barbara, California, as captain of her 40-foot sailboat, Swell, headed south toward the wonder and learning that lies beyond the unbroken horizon. In true stories overflowing with wild waves and constant challenges, at the whim of the weather, relationships sweet and sour, nature’s marvels and colorful cultures, Liz captures her voyage in gripping detail in this memoir, sharing tales of sailing in high seas, of solitude and surprises, of finding connection to the earth and commitment to living in harmony with it. More than ten years, 20,000 miles, countless adventures, and one cat later, she’s still out there.
320 pages, with full-color photographs throughout
Dimensions: 6 ½” x 9 ½”
Printed on 100% post-consumer-waste recycled paper
Published by Patagonia
Printed on 100% post-consumer-waste recycled paper
Waterproof ~ Australian Surf Photography Since 1858
WATERPROOF – Australian Surf Photography Since 1858
Features the work of Australia’s leading surf photographers from the first known photograph of the Australian surf zone through to 20th century boom in surfing and the contemporary scene. Featured photographers include Richard Daintree, Frank Hurley, Harold Cazneaux, Jack Eden, Bob weeks, John Witzig, Peter Crawford, Ted Grambeau, Joli, Bill Morris, Sean Davey, Tim McKenna, Russell Ord, ‘Rich’ Richards, Stuart Gibson, Leroy Bellet, Ray Collins and dozens more.
“ Waterproof is not just a homage to the pioneers and leading lights of surf photography. It provides a lineage … a road map to where we are. Influences come from around the surfing world, but this anthology tracks those particularly Australian transitions, putting a few more missing pieces in the jigsaw. Waterproof does not dwell on professional surfing or what sort of equipment certain surfers or photographers use. It looks at surfing through a broad lens, embracing all forms of activity in the surf zone. Surf and Ocean photographers are often viewed as an unusual breed, a sub-culture inhabited by some real characters, some of whom have shuffled off this mortal coil in recent years. It is time to acknowledge them, and to celebrate their skills and dedication in creating images that inspire us.”
"SNOW SURF". A deep keyword that has been reconstructed as a culture as a word. We will approach the culture from the perspective of snowboarders. It tells the overwhelming and impressive photographs and their stories at home and abroad.
Give your riding a rhythm, steer in the direction you want to go, accelerate, brake. Curiously, we unknowingly use every turn. Given that, the act of "turning" seems to be "breathing." Although it is indispensable, it is established outside of consciousness. On the other hand, if you turn your attention to the turn, delicate control is required for every movement. That is why it is "deep because of its simplicity".
This issue of "IT'S OUR TURN" is not, in fact, a special feature that purely follows the action of this turn. In other words, Ohanashi is the sensory world of snowboarders who continue to walk the deep roads because of their simplicity. In other words, it's a clumsy but straightforward way of life. OUR TURN .... It's our turn. Please feel the true meaning.
COVID did its damnedest to stop us printing this year, but we kicked it square in the balls and made the 2020 Monster Children Photo Annual. This is the 67th issue of Monster Children, and in it you will find the following: results from our 10th Annual Photo Competition; a long-ass photo featured called ‘The Year in Photos’; a beautiful homage to the late great Keith Hufnagel; a special feature about some very clever young people forging the future of the planet; a nude photo of Vaughan Blakey; an interview with legendary photographer JJ Gonson; many full-colour advertisements; too many single and double-page departments than can’t be listed here. Sick.