Surf Science: An Introduction to Waves for Surfing

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University of Hawaii Press, 2004 - Ocean waves - 142 pages
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Have you ever wondered where surfing waves come from, what makes every wave different, why some peel perfectly and others just close out; why, some days, the waves come in sets and other days they don't, and how the tides, the wind and the shape of the sea floor affect the waves for surfing? If you have, this book is for you. Now in its third edition, Surf Science is the first book to talk in depth about the science of waves from a surfer's point of view. It fills the gap between surfing books and waves textbooks, and will help you learn how to predict surf. Surf Science is also a useful introduction to oceanography and the science of waves. You don't need a scientific background to read it - just curiosity and a fascination for waves.

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Great education. a must for any surfer looking to truly understand the ocean and currents. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Tony Butt is a big-wave specialist based in the Basque Country and postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Plymouth, England. He is a regular contributor to European surfing magazines and runs a wave prediction website (

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