A Definitive History of Surfing's Culture and Heroes
By Malcolm Gault-Williams
Updated on 27 March 2008
LEGENDARY SURFERS Volume 1
2500 B.C. to 1910 A.D.
The first volume in the LEGENDARY SURFERS collection, LEGENDARY SURFERS Volume 1, was printed by CafePress in 2005, with very little promotion and no advertising (outside the LEGENDARY SURFERS Newsletter and website).
This first of, hopefully, many more volumes to come, covers the very
beginning of surfing's history, 2500 B.C. to 1910 A.D., through the life of Duke Kahanamoku.
Volume 1 incorporates not only all
the material available on the LEGENDARY SURFERS website for that period, but greatly expands
on all subjects as well as offers totally new material unavailable at the website or anywhere else.
The colored cover paperback dimensions are: 7.5 inches X 9.25 inches. Total pages: 358.
Total wordage: 145,950. Black and white historical images: over 50.
Several Books In One
Volume 1 goes into the realm of the beginning and early days of surfing in an exhaustive and detailed manner. Nowhere else can you read about the pre-modern days of Polynesian and Hawaiian surfing in such detail, extensively footnoted, and all in one volume. You would have to buy half a dozen books on history and surfing just to get a portion of what is contained in LEGENDARY SURFERS Volume 1
Depth of Coverage
As I've been writing,
my emphasis has been on depth of coverage on all aspects related to
surfing's history, culture and heroes. Most of you know that I have
been writing about surfing's history for more than a decade
and have one of the oldest surfing websites on the
Internet. My work has appeared in such important surfing resources
as The Surfer's Journal and Longboard Magazine and,
along with Tom Blake's good friend Gary Lynch, I wrote the definitive
Tom Blake biography, TOM BLAKE: The Journey of a Pioneer Waterman,
published in 1991.
LEGENDARY SURFERS Volume 1 is only available by order on the Internet, through print-on-demand publisher CafePress. Why can't you just pick it up at Amazon.com or your local bookstore? Because I make most all my own material. That is: I write it, lay it out, market it and send out to a print-on-demand (POD) publisher (in most cases, CafePress) that not only prints the material, but also handles credit card payments and order fulfillment. Once I'm done writing and creating the finished product, I let them handle the rest.
I don't go the author-agent-publisher
route. Why? Am I too good for that? No. I just write for a very small, niche market.
Agents and traditional publishers don't want anything to do with me. They want to sell
lotsa books. I'd like to do that, too, but I know that hardcore surfing history is not
a big thing with most surfers and far less so for non-surfers. All you who are reading this now are a very
special but relatively small group. I custom my approach to you by doing most
Despite my homespun approach to publishing in the digital age, the website that houses most of my surf writings -- LegendarySurfers.com -- has been used by surf veterans, surf writers, gremmies and millions of surfers and non-surfers over the past decade. Currently, the site averages 24,000 user sessions a week, which is up from 9,500 this time last year.
By the way, LegendarySurfers.com
continues to offer the vast amount of my material for free, with less
than a dozen chapters requiring payment in order to read. Material is periodically updated and
new chapters added throughout the year.
It's been my honor to advance my writing in plain view
of you all (via the Internet) and, sometimes, receive appreciations and criticisms personally from many
of you. Some of the nicer things that have been said over the years
(that I've saved), include:
-- Tubesteak (January 2005)
-- Gary Howe (December 2004)
-- Jim The Genius (November 2004)
-- Al Allison (January 2004)
-- Paul Holmes (November 2003)
-- Randy Rarick, North Shore, O`ahu, Hawai`i (May 2003)
-- Jack McCoy (August 2003)
-- J.D. (August 2002)
-- M.B. (November 2001)
-- Tubesteak (April 1999)
-- Fred Hemmings (April 1997)
-- Wally Froiseth (May 1996)
-- Steve Pezman (Fall 1996)
WOW! - With guys like these saying nice things about my writing, I feel confident you
will be stoked by all that is in LEGENDARY SURFERS Volume 1... But, if for any reason
you are not...
Volume 1 -- as with all stuff I sell -- is 100%
guaranteed. If, for whatever reason, you decide you do not want the book,
simply return the it to CafePress within 30 days of purchase and you'll be refunded the full purchase price.
To purchase your book, just click on the book icon at the top of this page. If the links do not work in your web browser or you do not see the book image, you can order Volume 1 by going to:
LEGENDARY SURFERS Volume 1 sells for $29.95, plus shipping and handling. Orders are shipped within 2 business days.
Not sure about any of this? You can always email me with any question you may have about the book or any of my work. My email address is:
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