Legendary surfer, Nat Young, explores the development of the sport from the Hawaiian kings to the modern greats and up-and-coming stars in this deluxe new edition of the classic book on surfing.
Nat Young is one of the greatest surfers in the history of the sport, so it stands to reason that this is one of the most definitive and authoritative books on surfing ever produced.
Packed with stunning contemporary photographs and rare reproductions from a bygone era, Nat explores the development of the sport from the Hawaiian kings to the modern greats and up-and-coming stars. Along with his own recollections and considerable expertise, there are also interviews with the likes of Duke Kahanamoku, Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Layne Beachley. And exclusive to this new edition, he places the sport in a wider context, embarking upon a detailed exploration of the links between surfing, skateboarding, windsurfing, kitesurfing and snowboarding.
The Complete History of Surfing is the result of Nat Young's passionate lifelong involvement as a top surf competitor and his deep fascination in the sports' origins and evolution. It's an extraordinary feat - even for him.
Nat Young was born in 1947 and grew up in Collaroy on Sydney's northern beaches. He won his first open championship at Bondi at the age of fifteen and was several times Australian junior champion. In the late 1960s, Nat and a handful of others ushered in the new era' in surfboard riding, a power-oriented style which forms the basis of contemporary surfing. He went on to win the World Championship in 1966 in California and the Smirnoff contest in Hawaii in 1972. At the age of 39 he began to compete professionally on longboards and his unique style and good luck made him World Longboard Champion in 1988, 1989, and 1990. Today Nat is a dedicated surfer and family man with four children. He is the author of several books on surfing, including autobiography Nat's Nat and That's That, and the how to surf book, Surfing Fundamentals. He has also produced two films, Fall-Line and The History of Australian Surfing.