Water Sports
100 Best Surf Spots in the World: The World's Best Breaks for Surfers in Search of the Perfect Wave
100 Best Surf Spots in the World
The World's Best Breaks for Surfers in Search of the Perfect Wave
Paperback      ISBN: 0762725982

100 Best Surf Spots in the World will include top surfing destinations ranging from Sunset Beach and the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia to Malibu, California and Oahu, Hawaii. Lesser-known destinations such as Metigama, Sri Lanka and Aviero, Northern Portugal take readers to every corner of the globe in search of the perfect wave. Other countries that make the list include: South Africa, France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Morocco, New Zealand, Japan, Indonesia, and Fiji. Each destination will include brilliant full-color photography of both the area and the breaks; location map, an introduction to the area, notes on the surf and why it ranked, a personal anecdote from the author while there, and a quick-reference chart including such items as skill level required, nerves needed, and surfable days.

The 100 Best Swimming Drills
The 100 Best Swimming Drills
Paperback      ISBN: 1841263370

In The 100 Best Swimming Drills, Blythe Lucero has compiled the most effective swimming drills gathered from more than 20 years of working with swimmers and is an excellent resource for swimmers at any level in the quest for better swimming.

The 4 Year Olympian: From First Stroke to Olympic Medallist
The 4 Year Olympian
From First Stroke to Olympic Medallist
Paperback      ISBN: 1459741315
Improbable, heart-wrenching, and uplifting, Jeremiah Brown's journey from novice rower to Olympic silver medallist in under four years is a story about chasing a goal with everything you've got.

After nearly being incarcerated at age seventeen and becoming a father at nineteen, Jeremiah Brown manages to grow up into a responsible young adult. But while juggling the demands of a long-term relationship, fatherhood, mortgage payments, and a nine-to-five banking career, he feels something is missing. A new goal captures his imagination: What would it take to become an Olympian?

Guided by a polarizing coach, Brown and his teammates plumb the depths of physical and mental exertion in pursuit of a singular goal. The 4 Year Olympian is a story of courage, perseverance, and overcoming self-doubt, told from the perspective of an unlikely competitor.
50 Beaches to Blow Your Mind
50 Beaches to Blow Your Mind
Paperback      ISBN: 1760340596

From the people who have been delivering trustworthy guidebooks to every destination in the world for 40 years, Lonely Planet's 50 Beaches To Blow Your Mind helps you discover the planet's most pristine, jaw-dropping, wild and wonderful sandy spots. This pocket-sized book is the perfect gift for any sun-worshipper or beach-lover and is the ultimate guide to the world's best beaches.

A beach always feels like the ultimate escape, with the sound of the waves lapping against the shore, which science says has a calming effect on our brain activity. And then there's the guaranteed hit of vitamin D our exposed skin absorbs.

Whether you're looking for black-sand beaches, high-octane watersport hotspots, secret bays or the finest palm-fringed tropical paradises, Lonely Planet shows you where and how to find them. So pack your beach towel and hit the sands.

Includes:

Bliss // Tropical desert island paradises

  • Cabbage Beach // Nassau, Bahamas
  • Crane Beach // Barbados
  • Flamenco Beach // Culebra, Puerto Rico
  • Green Island Beach // Green Island, Antigua & Barbuda
  • Hanalei Beach // Hawaii, USA
  • Nalaguraidhoo Beach // South Ari Atoll, Maldives

Drama // Wild & unusual beaches

  • Bowling Ball Beach // Mendocino, California, US
  • Giant's Causeway // County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Gulpiyuri Beach // near Llanes, Spain
  • Hidden Beach // Puerta Vallarta, Marieta Islands, Mexico

Action // Surfing & diving meccas

  • Bells Beach // Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
  • Biarritz Beach // Biarritz, France
  • Bondi Beach // Sydney, Australia
  • Ehukai Beach // Hawaii, USA

Discovery // Beaches for combing & exploring

  • Charmouth Beach // Dorset, UK
  • Conche des Baleines // Ile de Re, France
  • Navagio Beach // Zakynthos, Greece
  • Squeaky Beach // Wilson's Promontory, Australia

Parties // Social & nightlife beaches

  • Bacvice Beach // Split, Croatia
  • Copacabana // Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Gulf Shore Beach // Alabama, USA
  • Paradise Beach // Mykonos, Greece

Encounters // Wildlife & conservation hotspots

  • Agonda Beach // Goa, India
  • Diani Beach // Mombasa, Kenya
  • Espiguette Beach // Le Grau du Roi, France
  • Manuel Antonio Beach // Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Family // Calm, safe all-rounders for all comers

  • Brandinchi Cove // Sardinia, Italy
  • Koh Kood (Koh Kut) // Trat Province, Thailand
  • Porthcurno // Cornwall, UK
  • Praia de Mira // Mira, Portugal
  • Will Rogers State Beach // Malibu, California, USA

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

Age Is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life
Age Is Just a Number
Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0767931912
From legendary Olympic gold medalist Dara Torres comes a motivational, inspirational memoir about staying fit, aging gracefully, and pursuing your dreams.

Dara Torres captured the hearts and minds of Americans of all ages when she launched her Olympic comeback as a new mother at the age of forty-one--years after she had retired from competitive swimming and eight years since her last Olympics. When she took three silver medals in Beijing--including a heartbreaking .01-second finish behind the gold medalist in the women's 50-meter freestyle--America loved her all the more for her astonishing achievement and her good-natured acceptance of the results.

Now, in Age Is Just a Number, Dara reveals how the dream of an Olympic comeback first came to her--when she was months into her first, hard-won pregnancy. With humor and candor, Dara recounts how she returned to serious training--while nursing her infant daughter and contending with her beloved father's long battle with cancer.

Dara talks frankly about diving back in for this comeback; about being an older athlete in a younger athletes' game; about competition, doubt, and belief; about working through pain and uncertainty; and finally--about seizing the moment and, most important, never giving up. A truly self-made legend, her story will resonate with women of all ages--and with anyone daring to entertain a seemingly impossible dream.
All for a Few Perfect Waves: The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora
All for a Few Perfect Waves
The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0060773332

For twenty years, Miki Da Cat Dora was the king of Malibu surfers--a dashing, enigmatic rebel who dominated the waves, ruled his peers' imaginations, and who still inspires the fantasies of wannabes to this day. And yet, Dora railed against surfing's sudden post-Gidget popularity and the overcrowding of his once empty waves, even after this avid sportsman, iconoclast, and scammer of wide repute ran afoul of the law and led the FBI on a remarkable seven-year chase around the globe in 1974. The New York Times named him the most renegade spirit the sport has yet to produce and Vanity Fair called him a dark prince of the beach. To fully capture Dora's never-before-told story, David Rensin spent four years interviewing hundreds of Dora's friends, enemies, family members, lovers, and fellow surfers to uncover the untold truth about surfing's most outrageous practitioner, charismatic antihero, committed loner, and enduring mystery.

--The Surfer's Journal
Amc's Quiet Water Mid-Atlantic: Amc's Canoe and Kayak Guide to the Best Ponds, Lakes, and Easy Rivers, from Pennsylvania to Virginia
Amc's Quiet Water Mid-Atlantic
Amc's Canoe and Kayak Guide to the Best Ponds, Lakes, and Easy Rivers, from Pennsylvania to Virginia
Paperback      ISBN: 1628420871

Explore the scenic lakes, ponds, and rivers of the Mid-Atlantic region with this brand new guide from AMC's trusted Quiet Water series. Quiet Water Mid-Atlantic features 60 of the best flat-water paddling locations in eastern New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.. With trips for all skill levels, this curated list is ideal for families, anglers, canoeists, and kayakers. Take a leisurely paddle on Rancocas Creek in New Jersey, spot wildlife in Pennsylvania's Marsh Creek Reservoir or Virginia's Shenandoah River, and explore Maryland's Assateague Island State Park from the water. With such diverse and remote geography in such a dense and concentrated region, visitors and locals alike will be thrilled to discover the range and beauty of paddling options in their backyards. Each trip presents detailed descriptions of the lake, pond, or river, with maps, photographs, paddling routes, and GPS coordinates to the access point. An at-a-glance chart makes it easy to select and plan trips, with helpful information on trip time, distance, difficulty, and special features. You'll also find a detailed resource list of local outfitters, safety and equipment tips, and complete driving, parking, and put-in instructions. Inside You'll Find:

The Antarctic Dive Guide: Fully Revised and Updated Third Edition
The Antarctic Dive Guide
Fully Revised and Updated Third Edition
Paperback      ISBN: 0691163448

The Antarctic Dive Guide is the first and only dive guide to the seventh continent, until recently the exclusive realm of scientific and military divers. Today, however, the icy waters of Antarctica have become the extreme destination for recreational divers wishing to explore beyond the conventional and observe the strange marine life that abounds below the surface. This book is packed with information about the history of diving in Antarctica and its wildlife, and features stunning underwater photography.

The Antarctic Dive Guide covers 31 key dive sites on the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia and includes maps and detailed guidance on how best to explore each site. Essential information is also provided on how to choose and prepare for travel to this remote region, and diving techniques for subzero waters. This book is an indispensable resource for anyone considering diving in Antarctica, and an exciting read for anyone interested in this little-explored underwater world.

This fully revised and updated third edition:

  • Covers 4 new dive sites
  • Features revised and updated information for the other 27 sites covered
  • Includes new sections on the Sea Leopard Project and natural product chemistry from Antarctic marine organisms
The Art of Stand Up Paddling: A Complete Guide to Sup on Lakes, Rivers, and Oceans
The Art of Stand Up Paddling
A Complete Guide to Sup on Lakes, Rivers, and Oceans
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1493008323
This revised edition covers all aspects of stand up paddling, from buying a board and getting started on your local lake to surfing waves in Hawaii, including a brand new chapter on SUP yoga.
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
Barbarian Days
A Surfing Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 1594203474
**Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography**

"Reading this guy on the subject of waves and water is like reading Hemingway on bullfighting; William Burroughs on controlled substances; Updike on adultery. . . . a coming-of-age story, seen through the gloss resin coat of a surfboard."--Sports Illustrated

Included in President Obama's 2016 Summer Reading List

Barbarian Days is William Finnegan's memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.

Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter. Barbarian Days takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses--off the coasts of New York and San Francisco. It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships forged in challenging waves.

Finnegan shares stories of life in a whites-only gang in a tough school in Honolulu. He shows us a world turned upside down for kids and adults alike by the social upheavals of the 1960s. He details the intricacies of famous waves and his own apprenticeships to them. Youthful folly--he drops LSD while riding huge Honolua Bay, on Maui--is served up with rueful humor. As Finnegan's travels take him ever farther afield, he discovers the picturesque simplicity of a Samoan fishing village, dissects the sexual politics of Tongan interactions with Americans and Japanese, and navigates the Indonesian black market while nearly succumbing to malaria. Throughout, he surfs, carrying readers with him on rides of harrowing, unprecedented lucidity.

Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little-understood art.

Praise for Barbarian Days

"Without a doubt, the finest surf book I've ever read . . . But on a more fundamental level, Barbarian Days offers a clear-eyed vision of American boyhood. Like Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, it is a sympathetic examination of what happens when literary ideas of freedom and purity take hold of a young mind and fling his body out into the far reaches of the world."--The New York Times Magazine

"Incandescent . . . I'd sooner press this book upon on a nonsurfer, in part because nothing I've read so accurately describes the feeling of being stoked or the despair of being held under. . . . But] it's also about a writer's life and, even more generally, a quester's life, more carefully observed and precisely rendered than any I've read in a long time."--Los Angeles Times