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"The Surfing Tribe is one book every British surfer should own" - Carve Magazine
The Surfing Tribe - a history of British Surfing by Roger Mansfield
The Surfing Tribe charts the history of British Surfing over the past 50 years as told by renouned surfing historian Roger Mansfield.
The book describes how a minority pastime transformed itself into a major sport and lifestyle and presents a unique insight into the forgotten story of Britain's pioneering surfers.
How did a sport practised in Hawaii find its way to the chilly Atlantic shores of Britain?
How did a photo in a 1929 encyclopedia inspire a Newquay ice-cream man to become Europe's first regular surfer?
How did the British surf industry grow from a handful of backyard board builders into the multi-million pound industry it is today?
In "The Surfing Tribe" the origins of Britain's separate surfing tribes are revealed and all the top British surfers from the various eras are profiled. The book also charts the evolution of British surfboards, and looks back at the films and magazines that have portrayed British surfing over the decades.
PART ONE - THE SEEDS OF BRITISH SURFING
Chapter 1: From Captian Cook to Europe's first surfer
PART TWO - LOCAL FLAVOURS
Chapter 3: CORNISH GOLD RUSH - St Ives: surfing gets cool - Newquay: surf city UK - Bill Bailey: the father of British surfing - Rod Sumpter: the king of the malibu
PART THREE - EXPLORATION, EQUIPMENT, EQUALITY AND CULTURE
Chapter 10: EXPLORATION - The quest for the perfect wave - Vive la France! - The magic of Ireland - Rob Ward: underground explorer