The Story of Big-Wave Surfing

by Matt Warshaw

Foreword by Dan Duane




"A book about surfing this gracefully written and insightful is as rare as  sun-dappled, wind-sculpted waves with no one out, both a small miracle to be treasured."

San Francisco Chronicle, August 2001




Chronicle Books




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Great surfing books are few and far between, and Maverick's, long known as the "Everest" of surfing, is unique. Published to great critical acclaim, Maverick's is the first  book devoted to the legendary and lethal break and the first to cover the history, culture, and commerce  of  big-wave surfing in general. It is well on its way to becoming a classic of both national and regional interest.


Distinguished by the literary quality of its text, at the veteran hands of two of the sport's most eloquent and experienced writers,  Maverick's also stands apart in its stunning design and commissioned photography, featuring the work of Martin Venezky and David Perry, respectively.


©John Severson


©Lawrence S. Beck

Martin Venezky is the award-winning designer of Bordertown (also Chronicle Books). His work has recently been the subject of a one-man exhibition at SFMOMA.


Matt Warshaw is also the author of The Encyclopedia of Surfing (Harcourt, 2003) and Surf Movie Tonight! (Chronicle Books, 2005)


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