Kayak Surfing

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Pesda Press, 2004 - Sea kayaking - 159 pages
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One of the most up-to-date, inspiring, and helpful guides to kayak surfing ever published, "Kayak Surfing" is a modern and visually dynamic resource by a leading expert in the sport. From basic principles to surfing etiquette, advanced technique, and the psychology and philosophy of ocean wave riding, this book covers it all.
Throughout the book are stunning photos of author Bill Mattos and other top kayak surfers in action, many from pioneering surfing ventures across the globe--from Cornwall in the United Kingdom, to South Africa, to Tahiti. Mattos's conversational style and clear explanations further ensure that "Kayak Surfing "is a must--whether you're an experienced surfer or have yet to make the leap. It will have you pushing the boundaries, pulling off the latest moves, towing into ever more implausible wave faces . . . and traveling to ever more remote reaches of the earth in
search of adventure. This book covers
- What you'll need
- Where to start
- Getting to the wave (before it gets to you)
- Taking off
- Ride direction
- Simple turns
- Controlling speed
- The kayak surfer's Ten Commandments
- Core moves
- Racing ahead
- Carving around
- Tucking under
- Workin' it
- Surviving
- Rip till you die
- Radical moves
- The mystical stuff
- Training & fitness
- Preparation
- Competition
- Gear and clothing
 

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Contents

to surf or not to surf? surviving
8
what is surfing? rip till you
25
weight shift tube ride
34
ten commandments paddle out tricks
52
radical top turn training fitness
73
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About the author (2004)

Bill Mattos has been kayaking since he was eight years old. He has paddled all over the planet in pursuit of an ambition to kayak on every continent and in every ocean. He has competed in a wide variety of disciplines, including freestyle kayaking to World Championship level as a member of the 1995 and 1997 British Freestyle Team. He has won National and Eurocup events including several times the prestigious Bitches Rodeo in Wales, and has successfully surfed the fearsome Teahupo'o wave in French Polynesia, which had never before been ridden by kayakers. Bill has worked as a professional kayaker, designer, writer, model, photographer and videographer as well as being involved in the business and marketing side of the kayaking industry. He owns a successful company which manufactures kayaking equipment and clothing, and writes regular technique and feature articles for several leading kayaking magazines. He is not married, has no children, and doesn't live in Surrey.

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