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.

100 More Swimming Drills
100 More Swimming Drills
Paperback      ISBN: 1782550011

Following the successful book 100 Best Swimming Drills Blythe Lucero has compiled another collection of the most effective swimming drills in 100 More Swimming Drills.

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.

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 Kayaking: Everything You Need to Know about Paddling
The Art of Kayaking
Everything You Need to Know about Paddling
Paperback      ISBN: 1493025708
The Art of Kayaking is the distilled essence of a lifetime of kayak instruction at all skill levels around the world, with the added insights gained from years of designing kayaks, paddles, and kayaking equipment. This comprehensive kayaking manual by one of the biggest names in kayaking offers more essential detail about commonly used techniques than ever before published in a single volume. Color photo action sequences show how to perfect skills, and how to apply them. Maps, tables, and diagrams walk the reader through essential planning steps. No matter which type of kayak, paddle, or style of paddling the reader prefers, the appropriate techniques are described clearly and concisely. The progression through the book makes it easy to start as a beginner and to access as much information as can be tackled at any stage of development up to and including the expert. It is a definitive manual designed to stand the test of time.
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
Barbarian Days
A Surfing Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 1594203474
**Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography**

Included in President Obama's 2016 Summer Reading List

"Without a doubt, the finest surf book I've ever read . . . " --The New York Times Magazine

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.
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
Barbarian Days
A Surfing Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0143109391
**Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography**

Included in President Obama's 2016 Summer Reading List

"Without a doubt, the finest surf book I've ever read . . . " --The New York Times Magazine

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.