Surfer Girl: A Guide to the Surfing Life
Sanoe Lake & Steven Jarrett
Little, Brown & Co., 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his oversize softcover looks and feels like a thick, vibrant magazine. In her Introduction, lifelong surfer Sanoe Lake (who starred in the movie
) encourages young women to '
get your feet wet
' and learn '
one of the world's greatest sports
', we're told that surfing is character building as well as fun - it takes perseverance, discipline, focus and respect. I liked the surfing history, including the fact that Hawaiian women rode the waves just as much as men. The authors go on to talk about surfwear in '
You've Got the Look
', with sensible tips on '
Staying in Your Bikini
' and how to get into a wetsuit. And there's wise advice for women not to get hung up on body image, to '
work out, but do it for yourself.
ther handy lessons include how to train away from the water, skin and hair care,
, wave science, surfboard structure and selection, accessories, and ratings of beach movies. The environment is discussed, as well as a range of ocean hazards, and how to handle injuries. The last third of the book explains how to surf, starting with '
Leave your pride and ego on the beach
'. This goes from the basics to breaking-wave riding, and more challenging techniques.
hough the style is light, engaging and personal (I enjoyed cute cartoon sequences involving exchanges with a shark), serious topics are covered well, and the authors' passion for the sport comes across clearly. Any young woman who dreams of riding the waves can't go wrong consulting
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