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2003 
Falzon, Albert :
Morning of the Earth.
Woolloomooloo Picture Co. in association with
Emap Australia Pty. Ltd., Level 6 187 Thomas St. Haymarket NSW 2000. 
Soft cover, 211 pages, extensive black and white and colour photographs.
Review
Photographs and lyrics from Albert Falzon's 1972 film of the same name, supplemented by comments by Albert Falzon's and some of the film's surfers. There are also a number of photographs that that are not featured in the film, mostly included in First Things First - a scrapbook collection, pages 182 to 203.
Unfortunately there is little design detail about the featured boards, some of which are significant, and the last segments of the film (Pipeline and Sunset Beach) are restricted to two pages.

2009 
Fanning, Mick and Baker, Tim:
Surf for Your Life.
Ebury Press
Random House Australia Pty. Ltd.
Level 3, 100 Pacific Hignway, North Sydney NSW 2060, 2009.
www.randomhouse.com.au
Soft cover, 345 pages, black & white and colour plates, Acknowledgements. 
Review
Well written account of Fanning's early family life and surfing,  with a focus on his professional career up to the end of 2009, with the World Championship yet to be finalised.
(Re-check this- note  W T edition below)

2009 
Fanning, Mick and Baker, Tim:
Surf for Your Life - World Title Edition.
Ebury Press
Random House Australia Pty. Ltd.
Level 3, 100 Pacific Hignway, North Sydney NSW 2060, 2009.
www.randomhouse.com.au
Soft cover, 345 pages, black & white and colour plates, Acknowledgements. 
Review
Well written account of Fanning's early family life and surfing,  with a focus on his professional career up Fanning's second World Championship in 2009.

2010 
Fanning, Mick and Baker, Tim:
Surf for Your Life - Grommets' Edition.
Random House Australia Pty. Ltd.
Level 3, 100 Pacific Hignway, North Sydney NSW 2060, 2010.
www.randomhouse.com.au
Soft cover, 128 pages, colour photographs, Glossary. 
Review
Edited version of 2009 edition, noted above, with additional advice and instruction sections following each chapter.
Note Know Your Surfboard, pages 34-35, and the details of six competition boards from 1998 to 2009, pages 36-37.

1965 
Farrelly, Midget. As told to McGregor, Craig : 
This Surfing Life
Rigby Limited, James Place, Adelaide 
Hard cover, 138 pages, 68 black & white photographs, 8 b/w illustrations, Glossary. 
Review
Excellent overview of all aspects of surfing in Australia up to 1965. Excellent photographs and illustrations (by Gary Birdsall). 
Now a significant historical record. 
The cover image first printed as the cover of Surfabout Magazine Vol.1 No.5, circa 1963.
The USA edition of 1967 is in a different format, with a change to the title :
(This)/The Surfing Life.
Also UK edition, 1968, with another change to the title (How to Surf) and printed in a small format with a soft cover.


1967 
Farrelly, Midget. As told to McGregor, Craig : 
The Surfing Life
Arco Publishing Company, Inc.
219 Park Avenue South, New York, N.Y. 10003
Hard cover, 192 pages, 68 black & white photographs, 8 b/w illustrations, Glossary. 
Review
Excellent overview of all aspects of surfing in Australia up to 1965.
Excellent photographs and illustrations by Gary Birdsall. 

Now a significant historical record. 
USA edition, 1967 in a different format, with a change to the title : (This)/The Surfing Life.
Note that there are additional images, some replacing those of the earlier edition, and many of the images have been cropped and/or resized to the different format.
Some have been re-captioned, note:
Paul Gabauer  (1965, p 31) to
Fred Hemmings (1967, page 39).
Bob Cooper (1965, p71) to Mick Dooley (1967, p 95).
Followed by a UK edition, 1968, with another change in title (How to Surf) and in a small format with a soft cover, see below.

1968 
Farrelly, Midget. As told to McGregor, Craig :
How to Surf 
Sphere Books Limited, London, UK.
Soft cover, 144 pages, 36 black and white photographs/plates, 8 black and white illustrations, Glossary.
Review
Sightly revised edition of 1965 publication above. 
There is some minor variation in the text (World Title results 1966 and 1968 included), but half the photographs have been dropped. 
The only other updating appears to be the illustration of fin templates, page 71. Some of the photographs are different, but none from 1966-68.

2006 
Fenton, Peter : 
They Called Him Boy.
Random House Australia Pty Ltd
20 Alfred Street, Milsons Point, NSW 2061, 2006.
Soft cover, 258 pages, 40 black and white plates, Acknowledgements.
Charles E. Tuttle Company Inc.
Review 
Boy Charlton was one of Australia's most successful swimmers and a regular surf shooter at Manly.
In 1928 he competed in the Amsterdam Olympic Games, accompanied by his trainer and fellow Manly surfer, Harry Hay.
Two other Manly surfers, Snowy McAllister and Tommy Farrell, travelled to Europe to support Chartlton, McAlister taking a surfboard which he intended to ride on the beaches of Cornwall, England.
See Source Documents:
1928 The Daily Mail : Snowy McAlister -Surf-board Riding, Cornwall.

1977 
Filosa, Gary Fairmont R. : 
The Surfer's Almanac - An International Surfing Guide.
A Sunrise BooK
E. P. Dutton, 201 Park Avenue, South New York, NY, 1977.
Hard cover, 208 pages, 16 b/w photographs, map, Bibliography, Index. 
Review 
This book was soundly criticised by Surfer magazine upon its release in 1977, with reason.
It is a poor addition to surfriding literature, apart from one rare photograph of Duke Kahanamoku, page 7.
The bulk of the work is a surfing guide to the world's surf breaks (map, pages xiv and xv).
The Australian entries are occasionally inaccurate ("Dee Why ... is a well formed left-slide, 8 to 17 feet, off a point", page 145) and many place names are spelt incorrectly.
As the current president of the American Surfing Association, Filosa promotes surfing as a college sport and for inclusion in the Olympic Games and, perhaps uniquely, credits the invention of the "modern wetsuit" to Hugh Bradner, page 9.

1966
Finney, Ben and Houston, James D. : 
Surfing – The Sport of Hawaiian Kings
Charles E. Tuttle Company Inc.
Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo, Japan.
Second printing 196x, Third printing 1971
Hard cover, 110 pages, 26 b/w photographs, 13 b/w illustrations, 
Appendices, Notes, Bibliography. 
Review
Originally developed by Ben Finney as his master’s thesis in anthropology at the University of Hawaii and revised by James D Houston this book is a wonderfully detailed work, it’s text, photographs and illustrations have been reproduced in a multitude of subsequent publications.
A large number of the photographs, many by Ron Church, are not reproduced in the 1996 edition.
Special Note: Illustration #23 : Crowded Waikiki page 82 - over 50 solid, lamimated or hollow timber boards at Waikiki, circa 1940. Not reproduced in the 1996 edition.

1996 
Finney, Ben and Houston, James D. : 
Surfing – A History of the Ancient Hawaiian Sport
Pomegranate Books 
P.O. Box 6099 Rohnert Park, CA 94927, 1996.
Soft cover, 117 pages, 20 b/w photographs, 24 b/w illustrations, 
Appendices, Notes, Bibliography. 
Review
*The text from the 1966 edition is reprinted with a revised selection of images. 
The original maps and diagrams are significantly improved and most of the comtemporary photographs have been replaced with earlier material. 
Apart from the value of the original text this edition includes:
Appendix B (Lt. James King 1778),

 

 Appendix C (William Ellis 1831),
Appendix D (Mark Twain 1872), and
Appendix E (Jack London 1907) all of which are essential historical resources.
Design special interest :
‘Ancient Hawaiian boards in the Bishop Museum’ (Figure 5 page 43) ,
‘Surfboards 1907 – 1959’ (Figure 6 page 66)
‘Thomas Edward Blake and his quiver, 1935’ (page68) - probably the most widely reprinted quiver photograph.
Critique
Note that Finey's contention that surfriding developed from "a children's pastime" is one of the very few, although in this case crucial, elements of his analysis that is possibly questionable.
Some (crude and undeveloped) objections are:
1. Children's pastimes or games often mimic adult activity, for example toy boats, toy cars, toy trains.
2. Children's games are often training for adult activity, in this case the development of swimming skills.
Such surf swimming skills are critical when attempts to negotiate the surf zone in canoes (for example, when returning from fishing) are unsuccessful.
3. Childrens toys, in this case their boards, are often constructed by adults.
4. The inherent danger of the activity probably requires some level of adult supervision.

Also note, a number of early reports identifying juvenile surfriders may be a result of the observer witnessing the activity in benign and relatively common climatic conditions (that is, small surf), whereas adult surfriders are more likely to test their skills in more extreme, and much rarer, swell events.

The other crucial assumptions that probably deserve further analysis are the identification of "true surfboards" as essentially based on length (1996, page 24) and the implication that "true surfing" is in a standing position (1996, also page 24).
While length is important, surfboard performance is also function of width and volume.
By concentrating on riding in a standing position, certainly the dominant method in 1966, the analysis does not account for other indicators of surfriding skill, principally wave size and critical positioning.
For example, in the period 1965 to 1969, some commentators consider the world's best, strictly in terms of surfriding performance, was Californian kneeboarder, George Greenough.


2000
Fitzgibbons, Sally: Live Like Sally
With  Lucas Townsend
Australian Surfing World, Australia, 2015.
Soft cover, 194 pages, extensive colour photographs,
Review
A wide ranging book on the multiple facets of a modern surfing professional.



2000
Fitzjones, Ollie; Rainger, Tim; Sutherland, Bruce; and Haylock, Dan (Publishing Directors) :
Stormrider Guide- Europe.
Low Pressure Ltd.
Unit 2 Elfford Farm Business Park, 2000.
First Edition 1992, Second Edition 1995, Third Edition 1998, Third Impression 2000.
Soft cover, 288 pages, colour maps and illustrations and photographs, black and white photographs, Appendix, Index.
Review
An extensive guide to European surf breaks from Ireland to Morocco in English and French text.
Each entry has a small section on the early introduction of surfing to that area, titled Surf Culture.

2001
Fitzjones, Ollie; Sutherland, Bruce; and Haylock, Dan 
(Publishing Directors) :
Stormrider Guide- The World.
Low Pressure Ltd.
Permanent Publishing Company
1 Stert street Abington Oxen, OX 14 3JF, 2001.
Soft cover, 349 unpaginated, colour maps and illustrations and photographs, Appendicies.
Review
A general guide to some of the world's world prime surfing breaks focusing on specific areas.

1999
Flannery, Tim (Editor) :
The Birth of Sydney
The Text Publishing Company
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 1999
Grove Press 
841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003. 2000.
Soft cover, 349 pages, 15 maps and illustrations, Introduction 
Selected primary sources with explanary notes.
Notes on Sources (Biographical).
Notes on Illustrations.
Review
An excellent contribution to Australian history.
A relevant entry to this page may be 

2007 
Forbes, Scott (Project manager, editor): 
The Atlas of World Surfing.
Harper-Collins Publishers Australia
25 Ryde Road, Pymble sydney NSW 2073, Australia, 2007.
31 View Road, Glenfield, Auckland 10, New Zealand.
www.harpercollins.com.au
Soft cover, 256 pages, colour maps and photographs, Forward by Mark Richards, Glossary, Web Links, Index, Acknowledgements. 
Review 
A global surf guide featuring the most recognised breaks prepared by a vast team of contributors.

The authorship of this work is difficult to ascertain, and it is also accredited to Surfrider Foundation, see S


2014
Ford, Caroline:
Sydney Beaches : A History
NewSouth Publishing, Coogee, N.S.W., 2014.
Soft cover, 320 pages, 8 pages of plates and illustrations, Acknowledgements, Notes, Bibliography, Index.
Review
An excellent book covering the development of beach culture in Syney from the mid 19th century.

One significant error
:
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The small figure of the Hawaiian Olympic swimming champion, Duke Kahanamoku, looms large over the history of surfing in Australia," page 196.
Duke had an imposing physique and was 6ft (180 cm) tall, hardly a "small figure."



2008 
Fordham, Michael: 
The Book of Surfing - The Killer Guide.
Transworld Publishers
61-63 Uxbridge Road, London W5 5SA.
A Random House Group Company.
www.rbooks.co.uk
Review 
A well presented guide that covers a vast spectrum of the elements of surfing and it's associated culture.
There is a fine balance across the different historical eras and, written from a British perspective, a similar balance between the dominant centres of surfing that is usually lacking from writers from Hawaii, California or Australia.
Particually suitable for the beginner or the immediate surfer with a wealth of instructional material largely assisted by simple, but informative, illustrations.
The maps and the shoreline illustrations, particularly "Type of Wave" cross-sections, are excellent.
Page 267 notes:
"www.surfresearch.com.au  Brilliantly informed online journal of surf culture from an Australian perspective."

1919
Fornander, Abraham: 
Fornander Collection of Hawaiian Antiquities and Folk-Lore.
With Translations Edited and Illustrated with Notes by Thomas G. Thrum.
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1919.
Volume VI, Third Series, Part 1.
Hard cover.
Review.

See Source Documents:
1919 Abraham Fornander : Hawaiian Antiquities.


1998 
Foster, Nigel :
Nigel Foster's Surf Kayaking
The Globe Pequot Press, P.O. Box 833 Old Saybrook, Connecticut.
Soft cover, 101 pages, 94 colour photographs / sequences, Glossary, Index.
Review
Extensive/intensive How-to manual for a surfcraft particually suited for cold water surfing, largely ignored by the mainstream surfing media. 
Details on surf-skis (pages 5 - 6). 
Some locations (un-named) feature quality waves.

1989 
Franki, George :
The Balmoral Beach Club - 75 Years, 1914-1989.
The Balmoral Beach Club
The Esplanade, Balmoral NSW, 1989.
Review

1980
Freeman, Tony :
Beginning Surfing
Childrens Press, Chicago.
Hard cover, 46 pages, 44 colour photographs / sequences.
Review
A very basic beginners book with no significant highlights. Design photographs features Infinity flyer rounded pin tail twin fin with atypical finboxes. Surfing photographs are a consistent low quality despite the author/photographer being a teacher of photography for eight years.

1953 
Funnell, Ronald S.
The Art of Surf-Riding on the Cornish Coast
A. Wheaton and Co. Ltd 
Soft cover, 36 pages, 9 black and white photographs.
Review
Instructional pamplet-like publication that extolls the virtues and dangers of surf-riding - in this case prone riding on narrow solid wood boards as illustrated by the cover.
See Paipo Catalogue
Includes several advertisments for Newquay businesses and for "The New SOLARBO BALSA BOARDS" - see Source Documents Menu.
The author also wrote The Art of Surf-riding, 1934 - no other details available.

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