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1968
Radlauer, Ed :
Surfing
Bomar Publishing Corp., Glendale, California 1968
Second Printing 1970
Revised edition 1975
Hard cover, 32 pages, 29 colour photographs.
Review
Juvenile book with very basic text and photographs (by the author).

2013
Raichlen, Tim:
Waves.
The MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series
Suite 2, 1 Duchess Street, London, W1W 6AN, UK
One Rogers Street, Cambridge MA 02142-1209 USA, 2013..
Soft cover, 236 pages, black and white illustrations, maps, photographs. subject  place index, Appendix: Equations, Bibliography, Suggested Reading, Index.
Review
A clear and precise description and analysis of hydrodynamic waves.
Implied in the sub-title, it contains only the essential knowledge and tends to be rather dry.
Willard Bascom's Waves and Beaches (1964) is preferred work on the subject.




1988
Rainger, Tim:
Extreme Sports - Surfing.
Franklin Watts Australia
14 Mars Road Lane Cove NSW, 1988.
Soft cover, 32 pages, colour photographs.
Review
Juvenilebook with basic text and photographs.

1983 
Readers Digest, The : 
Guide to the Australian Coast
Reader’s Digest Publishing Services Pty. Ltd.
26 – 32 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010. 1983
Contributing Editor : Robert Pullman
Hard cover, 479 pages, extensive colour aerial photographs, colour illustrations, two tone maps, subject index, place index, acknowledgements.
Review
Not a surfing book, but these aerial photographs give a different perspective on many well-known beaches. 
Since this is not a comprehensive coverage of the Australian coast, unfortunately  many recognised surf breaks are either not included or cropped out.

2010 
Reid, Christo: 
Cactus - Surfing Journals From Solitude.
Strangelove Press
15 Boos Road, Forresters Beach 2260 NSW, 2010.
Hard cover, un-paginated, black and white and colour photographs, press clippings, and ephemera, Acknowledgements.
Review
A beautifully presented book in a "scrapbook" format that illustrates the story of Catcus up to 1983.
Based around a diverse collection of annotated photographs and press clippings, it effectively communicates the lure of quality surf and the desolation of a desert enviroment.

1993 
Renneker (M.D.), Mark; Starr (M.D.) and Booth (M.D.), Geoff 
Sick Surfers ask the Surf Docs & Dr. Geoff
Bull Publishing Company 
PO Box 208 Palo Alto California 1993
Soft cover, 388 pages, 12 colour photographs (end papers), 49 black and white photographs, 24 black and white illustrations, index. 
Review
Extensive diagnosis and cures for a myriad of surf related medical problems, listed alphabetically.
Updated and revised articles from the columns of Dr Geoff  (Tracks magazine, commencing July 1978; taken over by Dr. Bob October 1989) and the Surf Docs (Surfer magazine, commencing 1987). 
Note  Resin Fumes, page 268. 
Special note: delightfully humorous Forward by Fred Van Dyke.

1998 
Rennie, Chris :
The Surfer’s Travel Guide Australia
Liquid Attractions, 2 Ibis Street, Doncaster, Victoria 2108 1998
Soft cover, 320 pages, colour plates insert, b/w photographs, b/w maps,
several advertisements for surf companies.
Review
Extensive and intensive surfing location guide in the format previously produced by Nat Young  1980 and 1986 and Mark Warren 1989? 
The first Australian guide was possibly d'Alpuget, Lou : Sydney Beaches (1950).
.Maps are basic but satisfactory and a diverse range of other information is provided – accommodation, eating, no surf alternatives, local board shops, other.
Humorous tone helps lighten the analytical approach.
Where is my image?

2008 
Rensin, David:
All For a Few Perfect Waves - The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora
Liquid Attractions, 2 Ibis Street, Doncaster, Victoria 2108 1998
Soft cover, 475 pages, black and white photographs, Dora's World (Cast), Acknowledgements, Photo and Other Credits.
Review
Extensive and intensive 

2003
Rielly, Dereck (editor) :
Only a Surfer Knows the Feeling - 
The Story of Billabong's Surfwear Revolution.
Rolling Youth Press,  2003
www.rollingyouth.com

Soft cover, 152 pages, some black and white photographs,extensive colour photographs.
Review
Company promotional publication.
Photographs from a myriad of contributors.
Text by the usual suspects (Baker, Carroll, George, Warshaw) and several others.
Despite the often noted "Since 1973", developments up to the1990's are only briefly covered, if at all.

2009
Roberts, Alice:
The Incredible Human Journey
BBC - Bloomsbury Publishing
36 Solo  Square, London, WID 3QY, 2009.
Illustrations by Alice Roberts.
Maps by Dave Stevens.
Hard cover, 376 pages, colour plates, black and white illustrations and maps, References, Acknowledgements, Index.
Review.
A review and reappraisal of the latest available archaeological and genetic evidence of the population of the earth by human beings critically implies that a large portion was accomplished by coastal movement, and subsequently along river systems.
Although the book does not directly deal with the exploration of the Pacific by the peoples of Polynesia, clearly the man's relationship with the marine environment is long standing.
Item courtesy of Shoalhaven City Library.
See:
2009 Alice Roberts:  The Human Journey.

2009
Roberts, G.T., [Buckley, P]:
Surfing -What It's All About
Harvey Barton, St. Stephen's Bristol Press Ltd., UK, 1967
Soft cover, 34 pages, black and white illustrations and photographs.
Review.
A basic instructional book by an "ex-professional lifeguard, Newquay, Cornwall," that is largely illustrated by drawings depicting various manoeuvres, in a similar style to the cover.
Roberts gives marks out of ten, "to give the reader some idea how difficult each manoeuvre is." 
A cut-back is 3/10, a nose ride is 9/10, and a three sixty spinner is rated 10/10.
There is only one photograph of surf riding, and that is on prone empire boards on page 28..
Much is made of the performance of the Malibu board, although there is only one photograph of a board with some lifeguards and a rescue reel at Hayle Towans (page 33).
A timber surf-ski is shown on the beach at Prah Sands (page 34), and a board portrait of eight riders and Malibu boards appears on the back page in an advertisement for Watergate Bay Beach, "where Malibu Board riding was first introduced to the West Country.".

Edition Notes
The bookseller of this item listed the authors as "P. Buckley  and G.T. Roberts,"
For a similar book, another bookseller indicated the same authors (in reverse order), the publisher as "Helen Barton", and dated "1967 edition from adverts."


2009
Robinson, John:
Surfing Illustrated - A Visual guide to Wave Riding
International Marine / McGraw Hill
PO Box 547, Blacklick, OH 430004.
Illustrated by John Robinson.
Soft cover, 176 pages, black and white illustrations, Index.
Review.
Detailed and comprehensive guide to surfing techniques, enhanced by Robinson's prolific  illustrations.
Robison is noted as the author of Sea Kayaking Illustrated: A Better guide to Paddling.

2000
Robson, John :
Captain Cook's World -  Maps of the life and Voyages of James Cook R. N.
Random House New Zealand
18 Pollard Road, Glenfield,
Auckland, New Zealand. 2000
Text and Maps by John Robson.
Hard cover, 212 pages, extensive duo-tone maps.
Review
Although not a finely detailed account of Cook's life, it is unique in the wealth of information in the form of maps.
They give a wonderful geographical context to Cook's voyages that is simply not possible from the many written accounts.
Item courtesy of Shoalhaven City Library.

1974
Rudolph, Wolfgang:
Boats, Rafts and Ships
Adlard Coles Limited, London, 1974
Translated from the German by T. Lux Feininger.
Hard cover, 252 pages, black and white illustrations, black and white and colour plates, Bibliography, Glossary, Index, Picture Sources.
Review
An excellent book with the distinct northern European approach and several important and interesting insights.

See 1974 Wolfgang Rudolph: Boats, Rafts and Ships.



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