The Ultimate How-To Manual for the Surfer in All of us. Jason Borte's THE KOOK'S GUIDE TO SURFING

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New book from champion pro surfer is a witty, entertaining, illustrated step-by-step how-to manual that turns kooks into surfing kings.

The Kook's Guide to Surfing

A kook attempting to boost an aerial is among the ugliest sights on earth.

Surfing is embedded in the American psyche. We listen to surfing music, wear board shorts and occasionally wipe out – especially after catching one from the Big Kahuna. But only a couple of million Americans can actually, really surf. The other 328 million of us are “kooks” – wannabe surfers destined to ride the beach forever. Until now. Champion pro surfer, surfing instructor and author Jason Borte is changing all that with his latest book, The Kook’s Guide to Surfing. It’s the witty, entertaining how-to manual for the surfer in all of us.

“Anyone can surf,” Borte states confidently. He knows that because he’s taught thousands at his Surf Camps. “Most people don't, mainly because they believe that riding waves is difficult and dangerous,” he says. “Learning to surf can be the most enjoyable and memorable experience of your life.”

From illustrated step-by-step lessons on how to surf to surfing etiquette to a glossary of surfing terms, Borte (with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek) knocks the kook out of us and offers up tidbits of friendly advice like, “Unstrap the leash when you get out of the water. The odds of a tsunami hitting you in the parking lot are slim to none.”

There’s also plenty of practical information like the anatomy of a surfboard, choosing the right board, waves and how to pick the best ones, and a list of the best surfing locations around the globe. There’s even a section on surfing exercise and diet.

Borte acknowledges that his big hang up is surfing etiquette, or the lack of it. “I wrote The Kooks Guide as much for surfers as for kooks,” he says, referring to the 10-page chapter on good manners in and out of the water. “Every surfer was a kook at one time.” He proposes that “Kooks are people, too and they deserve compassion.”

The Kook’s Guide to Surfing, 174-page fully illustrated trade paperback is available for $19.95 at or from your favorite surf shop.

About Jason Borte
His first book, Pipe Dreams: A Surfer’s Journey (HarperEntertainment 2003), appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover nonfiction. A former editor for Surfer, Surfing, Explorations and, his articles have also appeared in Eastern Surf, Transworld Surf Business, Water, Mundo Rad, Flow (Japan), Tripsurf (France), Adrenalin (England), and Australian Surfing Life. Most recently, his work appeared in The Mountain and the Wave, The Quiksilver Story (Chronicle 2006), The Best of Surfer Magazine (Chronicle 2007), and Pipeline: Deep Inside The World’s Most Respected Wave (Surfline 2008). He lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with his wife and son.

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Fun facts & quotes from The Kook’s Guide to Surfing:

  •     Many ancient Hawaiians surfed in nothing but the fresh salt air and the sweet smell of plumeria, i.e. naked. Loin cloths gained favor in the 1800’s.
  •     A kook attempting to boost an aerial is among the ugliest sights on earth.
  •     Wind direction explains where the wind is coming from, not where it’s going.
  •     As a surfer you learn to live with rashes. If you are like me you will disregard the initial redness and continue surfing until you are bleeding.
  •     Don’t call ‘em skegs. Boats have skegs. Surfboards have fins.
  •     I cannot tell you how many times I have been stopped in route to a winter surf by an elderly female tourist who just has to know, “Do those things really keep you warm?” Yes, Grandma, wetsuits indeed serve a purpose aside from making us look like superheros. They also keep us warm.
  •     Along most beaches where there is surfing, there are people willing to teach you how to surf.
  •     The fins point into the water, not out of it.
  •     Congratulations, you have caught a wave. You did not expect to be moving this rapidly, and in front of you the beach is getting closer by the second. It is time to evolve from lying on your board like a lump of primordial ooze into a standing modern man or woman, and fast. Are you ready?


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