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1971 
Yost, Harold 
Outrigger : A History of the Outrigger Canoe Club 1908 - 1971
Star-Bulletin Printing Company, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Hard cover, 144 pages, 17 colour photographs, 58 black and white photographs, one diagram.
Review
Intensive history of the first and oldest surf club, with an emphasis on administration and facilities. 
Surfboard and/or suf photographs pages
8, 27, 28, 37, 52, 54, 63, 64, 66-67, 80-81, 86, 104-105, 107 and 115.

2000
Young, Faye M. :
Building Strong Traditions
- A History of  the Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club 1908 - 1957
Fox-Young Consultancy
PO Box 206
Sylvania Southgate NSW 2224. 2000.
Soft cover, 112 pages, black and white photographs, Abbreviations, Endnotes, Appendices, Bibliography, Index. 

2005
Young, David: 
Sporting Island - A History of Sport and Recreation in Tasmania.
Tasmanian Government - Sport and Recreation Tasmania
Artemis Publishing Consultants
106 Hampden Road, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000, 2005.
Soft cover, 393 pages, black and white photographs, colour photograph plates, List of Plates, References, Bibliography, Index.
Review.
An excellently researched and informative book that covers a huge range of sports and recreational activities.
Surfriding: pages 205 and 206, 271, 347 and 346.
Photographs page 206 and Plate 25.

Nat Young's numerous literary contributions are listed chronologically.
1979 
Young, Nat ; Photographs by McCausland, Bill: 
Nat Young’s Book of Surfing
A.H. & A.W. Reed Pty. Ltd.
53 Myroora Rd, Terry Hills, Sydney. 
 Hard cover, 87 pages, 32 colour photographs, 46 b/w photographs, 6 b/w illustrations, glossary 
Review
A general surfing overview of well covered ground. Chapter 12 (History through design) is interesting, particularly the section on fibreglass. Board dimensions are metric (?) and there are a few text/photograph errors, e.g. pages 68 and 77. Special mention: Claude West and Snowy McAllister with the Duke’s board – page 71. 

1980 
Young, Nat : 
Surfing Australia’s East Coast
Horowitz Grahame Books Pty. Ltd., 506 Miller Street, Cammeray, 2062 
Soft cover, 112 pages, 11 b/w photographs (John Witzig), 25 b/w maps (Tony Edwards). 
Review
Locals from Noosa to Apollo Bay thought this was great. 
Splendid maps by Tony ‘Captain Goodvibes’ Edwards. 
Poor binding, as noted in Nat Young’s autobiography, page 330. 
Note that while surf guides aim to list consistant breaks, any beach can have it's day.
See image bellow.

 



Chapter 8: '...flat and uninteresting beach breaks'.
150°45' E  34°52' S
Photograph by John McInnes, 1992.
1983 
Young, Nat : 
Surfing Australia’s East Coast (Second Edition)
Horowitz Grahame Books Pty. Ltd., 506 Miller Street, Cammeray, 2062 
Soft cover, 112 pages, 11 b/w photographs (John Witzig), 25 b/w maps (Tony Edwards). 
Review
Locals from Noosa to Apollo Bay thought this was great. Splendid maps by Tony ‘Captain Goodvibes’ Edwards. Poor binding, as noted in Nat’s autobiography, page 330.
 Same text, different cover layout and different back cover photograph. Slightly improved binding

1983 
Young, Nat with McGregor, Craig : 
The History 0f Surfing
Palm Beach Press, 
40 Palm Beach Road, Palm Beach NSW 2108, 1983 
Hard cover, 200 pages, extensive black and white and colour photographs 
Review
Essential text, well written comprehensive historical overview with great photographs. Duke Kahanamoku at Freshwater : 15 January 1915 

1985 
Young, Nat  : 
Surfing Fundamentals
Palm Beach Press, 40 Ocean Road, Palm Beach NSW 2108 
Hard cover, 128 pages, 13 colour plates, 120 b/w photographs or sequences, 6 b/w illustrations, glossary.
Review
Quality instruction book with well-written text and a wide range of photographs. Text of “History through Design” (pages 97 – 103) is reprinted from “Nat Young’s Book of Surfing” 1979 with a vastly improved selection of accompanying photographs. Dimensions are metric (?!). 

1986 
Young, Nat : 
Surfing and Sailboard Guide to Australia
Palm Beach Press, 40 Ocean Road, Palm Beach NSW 2018 
Hard cover, 304 pages, 8 colour plates, 62 b/w photographs, 26 b/w maps, code of ethics, 4-colour sponsor’s ads, index. 
Review
Expanded version of Surfing Australia’s East Coast 1980, adds further locations and details to the original text as well as greatly increasing it’s scope. Good selection of photographs with a large proportion of line-up shots. Maps by Neil Hardie lack the strong style of the originals by Tony Edwards, unfortunately only 3 of which have been retained. 

1988? 
Young, Nat  : 
Surfing Fundamentals - Soft Cover
Palm Beach Press, 40 Ocean Road, Palm Beach NSW 2108 
Printed by Huntsmen Offset printing Pty Ltd., Sinapore
Soft cover, 128 pages, 13 colour plates, 120 b/w photographs or sequences, 6 b/w illustrations, glossary.
Review
Same as first printing but with different cover and image on page 5 has been flopped. 
Quality instruction book with well-written text and a wide range of photographs. Text of “History through Design” (pages 97 – 103) is reprinted from “Nat Young’s Book of Surfing” 1979 with a vastly improved selection of accompanying photographs. Dimensions are metric (?!). 

1993 
Young, Nat  : 
Surfing Fundamentals
Palm Beach Press,
40 Ocean Road, Palm Beach NSW 2108 1993
Soft cover, 128 pages, 13 colour plates, 120 b/w photographs or sequences, 6 b/w illustrations, glossary.
ReviewSame as first printing but with different cover (Beau Young), added image (Ms Young) and image on page 5 has been flopped.Quality instruction book with well-written text and a wide range of photographs. Text of “History through Design” (pages 97 – 103) is reprinted from “Nat Young’s Book of Surfing” 1979 with a vastly improved selection of accompanying photographs. Dimensions are metric (?!). Revised?, second edition of Surfing Fundamentals, 1985

1994 
Young, Nat with McGregor, Craig : 
The History 0f Surfing - Revised  (2nd) Edition
Palm Beach Press,
40 Palm Beach Road, Palm Beach NSW 2108, 1994.
 Soft cover, 224 pages, extensive black and white and colour photographs, three additional chapters. 
Review
The three extra chapters are The Beat Goes On, The Changing of the Guard, and Back to the Future, pages 200 to 223.

"When Australian surf icon Nat Young wrote a history of surfing that excluded the Campbells as inventors of the Bonzer, they threatened legal action — and won. The second printing of the book was revised accordingly."
John Wythe White :Surf Wars :The Bonzar,  June 16, 1999
http://www.honoluluweekly.com/archives
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1998 
Young, Nat : 
Nat’s Nat and that’s that – an autobiography
Nymboiba Press, 8 Bay Street, Angourie, NSW 2462, Australia 1998
Hard cover, 459 pages, 196 b/w photographs / sequences / illustrations, glossary, acknowledgements. 
Review
Excellent. 
Extensive historical data. 

2001 
Young, Nat with McGregor, Craig and Holmes, Rod: 
The History 0f Surfing.
Gibbs-Smith, Publisher 
Salt Lake City
P.O. Box 667 Layton, Utah 84041, 2001 ? 
 Soft cover, 224 pages, extensive black and white and colour photographs.. 
Review
Reprint of the second edition circa 2001 with a different cover and the three extra chapters to the 1983 edition - The Beat Goes On, The Changing of the Guard, and Back to the Future, pages 200 to 223.

2000  :
Young, Nat
Surf Rage 
Nymboiba Press, 8 Bay Street, Angourie, NSW 2462, Australia. 2000
Soft cover, 218 pages, 9 colour photographs and one blackand white illustration (frontpiece).
Review
Contributions by a range of writers comprising historical incidents, personal anecdotes and psychological analysis. 
Not limited to acts of violence, but the more general theme of Surf Territory.
Comments
Although subtitled A Surfers Guide to Turning Negatives Into Positives, overall this is a depressing book. A few possible areas for consideration...
1. Most of the literature is written by the top 10% of the surfing population (in terms of ability) - for the bottom 50% of surfers in an average beach break, the feat of just catching a wave is a major achievement.
2. Surfing is, at best, 50% wave riding - the other 50% is the Hunt - location, conditions, equipment, transport, ability and most importantly Time. Good waves are precious because of their rarity. Apart from ability and weather, all the other factors have a economic value.
3. In most surfing countries the sport is, in Western terms, essentially middle, in some cases upper class. This is the case in New Zealand, South Africa, Peru, Brazil, France, the West and East Coasts, USA. In Hawaii the situation is chaotic- a lower class with traditional cultural roots,a immigrant ethnically diverse  middle class, a immigrant elite and a host of tourists. Australia, uniquely, had a mostly working class base. In world economic terms, surfers are an economic elite. 
4.The dichotomy beteween a strongly male dominated sport and rampant homophobia. Note the use of terms like "faggot" and "poohta" as the most violent forms of verbal abuse. The only attempt at dicussion of this issue being an article by Fred van Dyke for Life magazine, circa 1963 - refered to in his introduction to Sick Surfers, 1993. Particually note the case of  Robert ''Dolly'' Dunn, involving pedophilia, drugs and young surfers on Sydney's Northern beaches - although extensively covered by the mainsteam media, the Australian surfing press completely ignored the issue.
5.The promotion of surfing as the search for the perfect wave (formally established by Bruce Brown in 1964, carried to a marketing extreme by Rip Curl), see Nick Carroll pages 54 to 73, and as enviromentally aware. Even diregarding that the majority of surfing equipment (surfboards, wetsuits, legropes, even wax) is based on highly processed petrochemicals, how many litres of petrol have been burnt on surftrips and noboby got wet? If you are a local, why do you need a car to get to the beach?

2008 
Young, Nat with McGregor, Craig and Holmes, Rod: 
The Complete History 0f Surfing from Water to Snow.
Allen and Unwin, 
83 Alexander Street, Crows Nest, NSW 2065, 2008.
Hard cover, 240 pages, 
Review
Two further chapters, From Water to Snow and Attidude and Hardcore Alternatives, are added to the 1994 edition.
There is some minor substitution of some of the previously published images and also another four pages of photographs added to the  Surfer Girls chapter, pages 180 to 183.

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Note

This is not a complete list of surfing books, only books read and reviewed  for this site are listed.
For more comprehensive lists go to...
The Surfing Bibliography - Surfing Books
- Steven  Whelan's (England) comprehensive list of books, film, video and magazines, listed alphabetically.
and/or
The Water Log Surfing Bibliography
- excellent listing of books and journals  by Daved Marsh (USA), listed by category.
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