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1950 
d'Alpuget, Lou :
Sydney Beaches
Ure Smith Miniature Series
Ure Smith Pty. Limited, 166 Phillip Sreet, Sydney.
Hardcover 56 pages, 34 black and white plates, maps on front and rear flyleafs.
Review
introductory text by  Lou d'Alpuget includes surf guide to Sydney beaches (apparently for  body surfing) and brief  historical notes, mainly William Gocher's daylight surfing campaign and the development of the surf lifesaving movement. 
The photographs are of a very high standard and the maps (Northern and Southern beaches) are excellent.

1971 
Dampier, Robert: To the Sandwich Islands on H.M.S. Blonde. 
Edited by Pauline King Joerger.
University Press of Hawaii, Honolulu, 1971.
Hardcover, 131 pages, black and white illustrations, map, Notes, Index.
Review
Robert Dampier (1799–1874) served as the artist and draftsman who joined the H.M.S. Blonde in Rio de Janeiro 
The Blonde, under the command of Captain George Anson Byron,  was sent to Hawaii in 1825 to return the bodies of King Kamehameha II (Liholiho) and Queen Kamamalu, both of whom had died of measles, aged 28 and 22 respectively, while visiting England.
On returning to England, Dampier, like fellow mariner Andrew Bloxam,  became a clergyman.

See:
1825 Robert Dampier : Sandwich Islands.
and
1825 Lord Byron : Liliah and Floatboards.


1840-1947
Dana, Richard Henry: 
Two Years Before the Mast
Thomas Nelson and Sons, London, 1947.
Hard cover, 282 pages.
First published in 1840 as
Two Years Before the Mast - A Personal ...
Harper and Brothers, New York, 1840
Review
An early account of sailing square rigger ships written by a crew member, Dana voyaged from Boston to the West Coast in 1835-1836 providing a rare insight into life in California before the1849 gold rush.
Though Dana did not visit Hawaii, a ten-page section (pages )describing his time in San Diego relates an encounter with "a considerable group of native Hawaiian expatriates.whom he discusses sympathetically" (Forbes).
Its publication pre-dates Melville's Moby Dick (1851) and the return around Cape Horn through an extensive ice pack is said to have inspired Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
He reports on the "Kanakas" surfing skills in landing a longboat in the surf at Santa Barbara, pages 51-52, and their unusual fishing techniques, pages 130-131.
For these extracts, see:
Dana : Two Years Before the Mast (1840).

2005
Davey, Emily:
Secrets of the Island - An Oral History of Tasmanian Surfing
Tassurf Publishing, November 2005.
Printed in China by Everbest Printers
Soft cover, 200 pages, colour and black and white photgraphs, pree clippings, Gallery, Acknowledgements, About the Author.
Review
A series of interviews with Tasmanian surfers based around a number of stock questions posed by the author (When did you start surfing?, etc) with archival and contemporary photographs.
Given the project is based on oral history, it is esentially focused post-1958 with little reference to early recreational surfing history and the surf life saving movement.
Unfortunately the is no interview with Tony Hardy, often cited as a major influence on Tasmanian surfing.
There are some technical anomolies, for examle "Michael Petterson (sic) was unbelievable at flowing on twin fins", page 48.

2006
Davis, Damien: 
Getting into SurfingWater Sports
Macmillan Company of Australia
107 Moray street, South Melbourne 3205
6 Clarke Street, Crows Nest 2065.
Soft cover, 30 pages, colour illustrations, Index.
Review
Very basic juvenile instruction book, surfing content on pages 4, 5 and 22 to27.
One noticeable basic error: "... it wasn't until 1915 that Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoko (sic) introduced the surfboard to Australia", page 4.

2006
Davis, Luke and Davis, Damien: 
Getting into Surfing
Macmillan Education Australia
627 Chapple Street, South Yarra 3141.
Hard cover, 32 pages, colour photographs and illustrations, Glossary, Index.
Review
Very basic juvenile instruction book, not without some basic errors: "The first wetsuit was made by ... Rip Curl", page 8.

1940
De Bisschop, Eric:
The Voyage of the Kaimiloa
From Honolulu to Cannes via Australia and the Cape of Good Hope in a Polynesian double canoe.

Translated by Marc Ceppi. 
G. Bell and Sons Ltd, London, 1940.

Hard cover, 310 pages, black and white plates.
Review
Arriving in Honolulu following the destruction of their Chinese junk, Fou Po II, de Bisschop and mate,Tati(bouet), build a Polynesian double-hull sailing canoe, Kaimiloa.
Initially disliking the label "scientist" bestowed by the Hawaiian press, de Bischop "researched" a current controversy, whether the Polynesians occupied the Pacific from the west or from the east.
Studying the available sources on ancient Polynesian sailing canoes, which he considered rudimentary, de Bisschop concluded that these craft were able to sail against the prevailing currents and winds of the Pacific, that is the Polynesians came from Asia, and not the Americas.
The twin-hulled Kaimiloa was constructed with the intention of "proving" his theory, although the hulls are fitted with watertight compartments
and twin rudders, and the sails are canvas and bamboo, all derived from the Chinese junk.
Critically, he perceived the importance of
fibre cord lashings, that provide flexibility between the hulls, page 25.
Whereas "the navigators of old were numerous ... and the readjustment of lashings must have been frequent,"  with a crew of only two,
de Bisschop compromises with a combination of metal chains and springs.
The extended stay in Honolulu includes a romantic encounter with Papaleaiaina, whose "mother and grandmother are singing to this day, contrary to custom because they are women, the genealogies which the men no longer sing ... (with) the marvellous exploits of the double canoes of legend," page 39.
There is only scant mention of the construction of outrigger canoes, despite their celebrated use in the surf at Waikiki at this time, and note the canoe adjacent to the Kaimiloa under construction, plate A facing page 27.
 Conceding to Tati's request "to return to France as soon as possible," de Bisschop abandons his scientific research, and decides to sail south and west, with the prevailing winds and currents, page 61.
See 1940 de Bisschop: Kaimiloa.



2004
Dela Vega, Timothy T. et al. : 
200 Years of Surfing Literature - An Annoted Bibliography
Published by Timothy T. Dela Vega.
Produced in Hanapepe, Kaui, Hawaii. 2004.
Soft cover, 103 pages, extensive black and white images, Contributors.
Review
Extensive (but not complete) bibliography of surfing related publications since Captain Cook's first observations.
An essential publication for any serious collector or researcher
Initially based on Daved Marsh's The Water Log , the book was compiled from contributions from a worldwide group of historians and collectors.
Australian contributors include...
Paul Scott, Deputy Head of the School of Design, Communication and Information Technology at University of Newcastle.
Al Hunt,  International Tour Director for the ASP.
Bob Smith, Victoria.
Geoff Cater, South Coast, NSW.

2011
Dela Vega, Timothy Tovar. et al. : 
Surfing in Hawaii - 1778-1930
(Images of America Series).
Arcadia Publishing, Charlestown, South Carolina, 2011.
www.arcadiapublishing.com
Soft cover, 127 pages, black and white illustrations and photographs, Acknowledgements, Bibliography.
Review
Following the publication of 200 Years (above), Tim and his TEAM group of researchers produced this excellent work, detailing an extensive collection of surfing images in Hawaii in chronological order.
An excellent companion volume to DeSoto Brown's Surfing - Historical Images from the Bishop Museum (2006), which had photographs only and had none of the early surfing illustrations, as featured here in Chapter 1.
Importantly, there is minimal repetition between the two books.

For other books in the  Images of America Series, see:
Ewell, John, Schmaus, Jane, and  the California Surf Museum: Surfing in San Diego (2007) 
Acknowledgements, page 6, includes "Geoff Carter" (sic).


2008
Del Piano, Barbara, edited by Moana Tregaskis : 
Outrigger Canoe Club  - 1908-2008.
Outrigger Canoe Club
2909 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu, Hawai'i, HI 96815.
Hard cover, 244 pages, black and white and colour and photographs, Appendices include Glossary, Bibliography, Index.
Review.
Also see
Harold Yost: Outrigger : A History of the Outrigger Canoe Club 1908 - 1971.
 

The Earliest Ships: The Evolution of Boats into Ships (History of the Ship)
Gardiner, Robert
Conway Maritime Press, 2004. 

Illustrated Dictionary of Sailing Ships, Boats and Steamers 1300 BC to 1900 AD
Robertson, Scott
Nexus Special Interests, Swanley, Kent, UK, 2000.

Conway's History of the Ship : THE EARLIEST SHIPS - The Evolution of Boats into Ships.
Gardiner, Richard, editor
Annapolis, 1996, USNI press, 


2009 
de Macedo, Joao: 
How to be a Surfer.
Myer and Myer Sport
Oxford, UK, 2007.
Soft cover, 176 pages, colour photographs and illustrations (cartoons), Appendix, Glossary Mini-biographies.
Review
Another basic and competent instructional guide from an European/US perspective, with detailed cartoons by Mario Beelem.

2009 
de Mestre, Neville: 
Body Surfing
Vengram Educational Services, Queensland, 2009.
Soft cover, 58 pages, black and white photographs and illustrations, Glossary (Surf Talk).
Review
Comprehensive manual on body surfing technique with a strong emphasis on its role in surf life saving and competition.

Item provided courtesy of Neville de Mestre,
Disclaimer: The Preface acknowledges the assistance of Geoff Cater @surfresearch.com.au for the preparation of Chapter 2, The Origins of Bodysurfing in Australia.


2011 
Dixon, Chris: 
Ghost Wave- The Discovery of Cortes Bank and the Biggest Wave on Earth
Hatchet Australia
First published in Great Britain 1966.
Soft cover, 310 pages, black and white and colour plates, Endnotes.
Review
A history of the the Cortes Bank, a Channel island 100 miles off the coast of California, and said to be home to the biggest rideable waves on earth.

1965 
Dixon, Peter L. : 
The Complete Book of Surfing
Longmans, Green and Co Ltd., 40 Grosvenor Stret, W. 1.
First published in Great Britain 1966.
Hard cover, 201 pages, 72 black and white photographs, 3 black and white illustrations, Glossary, Index.
Review
Comprehensive, but basic, general surfing text. 
Board design see Chapter 13 The Modern Surfboard, particually template illustrations, pages 172 -173. 
Construction and maintenance, Chapters 14 and 15.
Other craft, Chapter 11. 
The photographs mostly do not credit the riders, including Dr Don James' classic shot of Rusty Miller at Sunset on the cover. 
Midget Farrelly demonstrates wake-boarding, pages 149 - 151.

*Cover signed by Mr. Rusty Miller while attending the 30 birthday party for the Thruster, North Narrabeen SLSC, 20 November 2010.
Many thanks to Rusty for the signature (and Simon for the Thruster).


2001 
Dixon, Peter L. : 
The Complete Guide to Surfing
????
Longmans, Green and Co Ltd., 40 Grosvenor Street, W. 1.
First published in Great Britain 1966.
Hard cover, 201 pages, 72 black and white photographs, 3 black and white illustrations, Glossary, Index.
Review


1966 
Dixon, Peter: 
Men and Waves - A Treasury of Surfing
Coward - McCann, Inc. New York, 1966.
Hard Cover, 250 pages, 14 black and white plates, 6 black and white illustrations.
Review
Wonderful compilation of surf  related articles drawn from a range of sources. 
Highlights include History of Surfing in Hawaii by Desmond Muihead - page 20,
Jack London's A Royal Sport - page 31, 
Tom Blake Modern Surfing - page 42, 
The Surf by Willard Bascom - page 71, 
Bob Cooper's My Australian Skinny - page 188. 
The photographs, many by Dr. Don James and Ron Church, do not credit the surfers or breaks.

1968 
Dixon, Peter: 
Where the Surfers Are - A Guide to the World's Great Surfing Spots
Coward - McCann, Inc. New York, 1968.
Hard Cover, 234 pages, black and white photographs and maps.
Review
About two-thirds of the book is devoted to the West, East, Caribbean coasts of America, Mexico, and Hawaii.
The rest of the world is covered in far less detail, usually based on local feed-back.
The most recent photographs are taken in late 1967, the two notable examples
being Nat Young at Long Reef (page 167) and Butch Cooney at Bells Beach (page 179), both by Alby Falzon.
By  the time the book was available in 1968, board design and surfing performance had advanced considerably.
Also, numerous  proper names are
spelt incorrectly.


1969 
Dixon, Peter:
Men Who Ride Mountains
Bantam Books Inc. 271 Madison Avenue 
New York. N.Y. 10016 
Soft cover, 174 pages, 30 b/w photographs 
Review
Emphasis on big waves and Hawaii. 
Australia covered in Chapter 8. 

2001
Dixon, Peter: 
Men Who Ride Mountains
The Lyons Press, Guilford, Connectictut
PO Box 480, Guilford, CT, 06437 
Soft cover, 174 pages, 30 b/w photographs 
Review
Reprint of 1969 edition in a larger format and superior printing. 
A six page introduction to the new edition is the only additional material.
Emphasis on big waves and Hawaii. Australia covered in Chapter 8.

1971
Dodge, Ernest S. : Beyond the Capes - Pacific Exploration from Captain Cook to the Challenger, 1776-1877.
Victor Gollanz Ltd., London, 1971. 
Review
An excellent account of Pacific exploration, with the contributions of navigators from all the European powers assessed constructively. 

 


2004
Doherty, Sean :
MP - The Life of Michael Peterson: The incredible untold story of Australian surfing's cult hero.
Harper Sports
Harper Collins  Publishers, Pty Ltd
25 Ryde Road, Pymble, NSW 2073, Australia. 2004.
The 2007 second edition has the cover and the black and white photographs printed in a blue tint rather than the first edition's brown tint (sepia).
Soft cover, 340 pages, plates : 23 black and white (sepia) photographs and 17 colour photographs, Acknowledgements, Index.
Review.
An interesting, but hardly an incredible or untold story.
Despite Petersons prodigious surfing talent, the author's comparison with Miki Dora is specious.

2007
Doherty, Sean :
The Pigrimage - 50 Places to Surf Before You Die.
Penguin Group Australia.
250 Camberwell Road Camberwell, Victoria 3124, Australia, 2007.
Hard cover, 230 pages, extensive colour photographs, Contributors, Photo credits.
Review.
A book of fifty surf-breaks from around the world, in the wake of the publishing success of 100 Books You Must Read Before You Die, circa 2005.
The large number of line-up photographs is a postitive feature, often neglected in these type of publications.
For the surfer of less than average ability, a better title is possibly 50 Places to Surf and Die.

2008
Doherty, Sean :
The Moment - 100 of surfing's most compelling images and the true stories behind them.
Hachette Australia
Level 17, 207 Kent Street Sydney NSW 2000, 2008.
www.hachette.com.au
Soft cover, numerous pages (unpaginated), black and white and colour photographs, Contributors.
Review.
A series of surfing, or surfing related, photographs with the accompanying text usually based on the recollections of the photographer and/or the rider.
Occasionally the"compelling" image is a sequence or has additional photographs supporting the text.
Strangely, the images are not numbered and the book is unpaginated.

1974
Doran Jr., Edwin: 
Wangka - Austronesian Canoe Origins
Texas A&M University Press
College Station
Hard cover, 111 pages, black and white illustrations, maps and photographs, Appendix, Bibliography, Index.
Review
An excellent book that significantly develops the work of James Hornell, who Dorian notes "knew more about primitive watercraft than anyone else will ever know."


2005
Drower, George:
The Boats, Boffins and Bowlines- The Story of Sailing Inventions and Innovations.
Sutton Publishing, England, 2005.
Hard cover, 242 pages, black and white photographs and illustrations, Glossary, Further Reading, Index.
Review.
A comprehensive overview of a wide range of inventions and innovations, including John MacGregor's Rob Roy canoe (1866), page 21); Peter Chilver's Sailboard (1958), page 118; and William Petty's Catamaran (1662), page 123.



2008
Dryden, Jim :
The Blue and White Wave.
Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club, 2007.
Printed by Griffin Digital, Australia.
Ilustrations by Ray Young.
Soft cover, 172 pages, colour plates, black and white photographs and illustrations.
Review.
A surf life saving club history in the series celebrating 100 years service.
The history is covered in Chapter 1, the following nine chapters deal with specific groups or themes within the club.
Surf boats are detailed in Chapter 2, pages 58 to 60.
Chapter 3 includes The Surf Ski Story, pages 74 to 76, and The Boardies, pages 76 to 78.
As usual, a great deal of the text throughout the book is devoted to competitive results and comprise all of Chapter 10.

1996 
Duane, Daniel : 
Caught Inside – A Surfer’s Year on the California Coast
North Point Press
A Division of Farrar, Strass and  Giroux,  New York, 1996. 
Hard cover, 239 pages 
Review
A very personal account that has some commentary on the California coastal environment and surf history/mythology.


1997 
Duane, Daniel :
Caught Inside – A Surfer’s Year on the California Coast
North Point Press, 
A Division of Farrar, Strass and  Giroux,  New York, 1997.
Soft cover, 239 pages 
Review
A very personal account that has some commentary on the California coastal environment and surf history/mythology.
North Point Press soft cover edition of the1996 first edition, above.

1999
Duane, Daniel :
Caught Inside – A Surfer’s Year on the California Coast
Lonely Planet Publications.
PO Box 617, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122, Australia, 1999.
Soft cover, 224 pages, Map.
Review
A very personal account that has some commentary on the California coastal environment and surf history/mythology.
Lonely Planet soft cover edition of the1996 first edition, above.

1978 
Dugan, Michael :
Australian Fact Finders : Surfing
The Macmillan Company of Australia, Street, South Melbourne 3205
Hard cover, 23pages,15 b/w photographs, 1 b/w illustration, glossary
Review
Very basic introductory book of little value. 
Only interest is photographs : 
- board collection (Golden Breed, Lightning Bolt, Nat Young, two others – probably manufactured at Barry Bennett Surfboards) page 8, 
- Midget Farrelly and blanks page 7
- sequence Midget Farrelly riding a un-shaped blank pages 10, 11 and 12.

1985
Dutton, Geoffrey :
Sun, Sea, Surf and Sand - The Myth of the Beach
Oxford University Press, Melbourne
Hard cover, 166 pages, colour/black and white illustrations, List of Illustrations, List of Quotations, Index.
Review
Beautifully presented collection of beach orientated paintings, photographs and poetry/prose by famous Australian artists. 
Works by Streeton, Boyd, Nolan, Whitely, and the photography of Max Dupain are featured.
Accompanying text concentrates on the artistic response to the coastal environment with only brief, but glowing, references to surfriding. 

See Notes on Australian Surf Culture.

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