Surfing Legend Profiled in New Book on the History of the Surfboard
One of the greatest surfers of all time, Greg Noll has built a considerable reputation as master of surfboard making, or “shaping.” In Greg Noll: The Art of the Surfboard, (Gibbs Smith, Hardcover, $39.95, April), this surfing pioneer is profiled, along with 150 color photographs and a guide to Noll’s various surfboard labels.
Collectors and surfers alike prize his unique brand of board, and the action surf shots throughout the book are sure to appeal to fans of the sport. Recently featured in the award-winning documentary feature, Riding Giants, “Da Bull,” in his iconic black-and-white striped trunks, was emblematic of big surf and fearless commitment.
In addition to being the giant of big-wave surfing, surf movies, and surf magazines, by the mid-1960s, Noll was one of the largest surfboard manufacturers in the world.
The Art of the Surfboard includes
· A biographical introduction to Greg Noll
· Descriptive step-by-step photo sequences with explanatory text on building balsa, foam, and classic wooden surfboards
· A chronological gallery of Greg Noll surfboards, vintage 1950 to 2005, featuring photographs, action shots, commentary from surfers and shapers, and from Greg himself on the boards and their eras
· A guide to the various Greg Noll surfboard labels and the years each was used Illustrated throughout with action surf shots taken by some of surfing’s master photographers
About Drew Kampion
Drew Kampion is a former editor of several magazines including Surfer, Surfing, and Wind Tracks. He is the author of The Book of Waves, Stoked! A History of Surf Culture, and The Lost Coast: Stories from the Surf. Drew is currently the American Editor of The Surfer’s Path. Married with two children, he lives in Langley, Washington.