The Big Drop: Classic Big Wave Surfing Stories

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John Long, Hai-Van K. Sponholz
Globe Pequot Press, 1999 - Sports & Recreation - 249 pages
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32 classic big wave surfing stories from the sport’s pioneers


John Long’s classic collection of big wave surfing stories heralded a new era in surfing literature. Focusing on those elite athletes who live to challenge the ocean’s fury,The Big Dropis more than just another surfing book. It is both an extraordinary collection of thirty-two true tales and a treasure-trove of insight into the evolution of big-wave surfing—with particular focus on the pioneers of the 1950s and 1960s and the skills necessary to challenge huge waves. Providing a comprehensive look at the sport’s eras, locations, and legends, with a host of stunning images and a glossary of surfing terms, it is a truly unforgettable look at the obsession of those who face down monstrous waves.


Revealing the tantalizing and terrifying truth about riding big waves,The Big Dropis a must for any surfer inclined to tackle large surf in thought or in fact.

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User Review  - Jacob Alan - Goodreads

Great collection of stories enjoyable for someone who surfs or not. The detailed accounts put you right there on the rising swell. Very exciting book. Read full review

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User Review  - John - Goodreads

I really, really enjoyed this book. Some of the stories are ones I'll never forget. It's something I would like to reread someday in the near future. Great book about surfing Read full review



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John Long’s adventure and instructional books—including The Big Juice (FalconGuides), Mark of the Shark, and Long on Adventure—are best-sellers of outdoor publishing, with more than a million copies in print. A renowned explorer and rock climber, he divides his time between Venice, California and Venezuela.

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