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Watersports Books

    Tom Anderson
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    "The right-hand point at Jeffreys Bay is one of the surfing world's most exciting finds, and from the age of twelve it had been my life's purpose to surf there." J-Bay, South Africa has the fantasy, the almost mythical waves every surfer dreams of riding once in their lifetime. But Tom wouldn't go until he was ready. He would seek out surf-spots from the virgin reef-breaks of the Outer Orkneys to the temple point-breaks of Indonesia, from the beautiful beaches of France to the wilds of Sri Lanka, on his quest to ride the waves of his dreams. Get on the road, get stoked, and get in the water.
    Jeremy Evans
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    This is the complete practical guide to sailing and racing dinghies, catamarans and keelboats. It is the ultimate reference book for sailors of all ages and all levels of ability. Step-by-step guides give instant understanding of techniques, and illustrate all aspects of the sport, from putting on a wetsuit to handling dinghies, catamarans and cruisers. You can learn how to sail with expert advice and tips. It includes information on all aspects of safe sailing: buoyancy aids, distress signals, man overboard rescue procedures and rights of way at sea. Specially commissioned photography combined with authoritative text makes this essential reading for everyone interested in the sport of sailing. This practical manual is aimed at all sailors, from newcomers to the more experienced. For beginners there is a comprehensive step-by-step guide to getting started, learning the core techniques, choosing the best boat to suit your ability, and basic safety requirements. There is a guide for experienced seafarers about more advanced sailing, such as high-performance dinghies and keelboats. Two sections give the vital facts and figures about regatta and big boat racing. With an emphasis on the practical, together with clear action photography and informative text, this book will be an essential guide for all those who love to get out on the water.
    Kate Rew
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    In this stunning and inspiring guide, Kate Rew, founder of the Outdoor Swimming Society, takes you on a wild journey across Britain, braving the elements to experience first-hand some of the most awe-inspiring corners of the landscape. From waterfalls and natural jacuzzis to sea caves and meandering rivers - every swim is described in loving detail, taking in the humor and glee of each mini-adventure and the breathtaking beauty of the surroundings as well as practical details about location and advice on swimming technique. With over 300 swim spots, it contains something to suit every kind of swimmer, from a five-year-old in water-wings to a seasoned cold-water connoisseur, or a rough and ready camper to a lazy-hazy summer picnicker. Beautifully photographed by Dominick Tyler, and with a fully comprehensive map, "Wild Swim" is the definitive guide to outdoor swimming in Britain from the Outer Hebrides to the Isles of Scilly and everywhere in between.
    Michael Phelps
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    Michael Phelps is one of the greatest competitors the world has ever seen. From teen sensation in Sydney, to bona fide phenomenon in Athens, he is now - after the Beijing Games - a living Olympic legend. With an unprecedented eight gold medals and seven world-record times, his performance at the 2008 Games set a new standard for success. He ranks among the most elite athletes in the world, and is both an inspiration and a role model to millions. In No Limits, Phelps reveals the secrets to his remarkable success, from his training regimen to his mental preparation and, finally, to his performance in the pool. Having been raised by a single mother and diagnosed with ADHD, Phelps's success is imbued with defeating obstacles and earning one's way and No Limits explores the hard work, commitment, and sacrifice that go into reaching any goal. Filled with anecdotes from family members, friends, team mates, and his coach, No Limits gives a behind-the-scenes look at the makings of a real champion, and reveals a step-by-step guide to realizing one's dream.
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    This magnificent and comprehensive illustrated reference to the world's most exotic dive locations covers the Caribbean Sea (Bahamas, Mexico, Cuba, Cayman Islands, The Virgin Islands, Belize, Honduras, Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao, Tobago, St Lucia and Dominica), Bermuda, the Red Sea (Egypt and Sudan), the Indian Ocean (Oman, Maldives, Seychelles, Mozambique and Western Australia), the Indo-Pacific (Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia), and the Pacific Ocean (Philippines, Micronesia, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia and Eastern Australia).Superb quality underwater photography shows a huge variety of wrecks, marine habitats and aquatic species. The descriptions detail the type of dive to be experienced as well as what you can expect to see. Each dive site featured can be located via a detailed regional site map, and a travel advisory is also included.
    Sean Conway
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    'Rain pelted down on the back of my neck and saltwater rushed down my throat as I tried to breathe into a wave. A foghorn started booming from a lighthouse in the distance. For a moment I thought it was a rescue siren for me. Imagine if I got rescued on day two! That would be embarrassing.' In June 2013 Sean Conway set out from Land's End in his bid to be the first person to swim the length of Britain. It was a challenge so extreme that not only had it never been attempted before, but most of the sponsors Sean approached turned him down as they were worried that he would die trying. Landlocked Cheltenham - Sean's hometown - isn't really the ideal place to train for a long sea swim, and he only managed three miles in a local pool before setting off from Land's End. Once in the water Sean had to develop incredible mental strength to deal with the extreme cold and hours alone. He also needed to devise ways to take on the huge number of calories he needed to sustain him. On the support boat he and his three-man crew had to cope with storms, seasickness and living in close proximity for months. After taking a few jellyfish stings to the face, Sean decided to grow a huge beard to protect himself. The physical challenge was gruelling, but came with unexpected rewards. Sean swam with dolphins and seals and among stunning night-time phosphorescence. He had a unique view of the British coast, discovering tiny hidden coves and exploring shipwrecks. When there were problems with the support boat, Sean and his crew met many kindly people who were willing to come to their aid. This is a remarkable and funny story about how anything is possible if you truly put your mind to it.
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    Improve a wide range of sailing skills with this highly illustrated guide Popular sailing author Tom Cunliffe teaches sailors how to improve a vast range of sailing skills, from dropping anchor to fixing an engine or using onboard electronics. Each chapter deals with a specific skill and is highly illustrated with step-by-step photos. This selection of the best practical articles from the pages of Yachting Monthly magazine will help sailors at every level. Perfect your spinnaker technique, learn how to dry out your yacht and pick up some tips for successful single-handed sailing. There's advice on everything from passage planning to boat handling and all delivered with easy to follow photographs and diagrams. Tom cuts through the theory to explain what really works -- often setting sail with normal yachtsmen and women to solve their cruising conundrums.* Improve your sailing skills with a pick of the most useful tips and advice* Easy to use language with step-by-step guides* Expert advice from one of the U.K.'s most popular yachting journalists
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    This collection of thrilling stories makes for compelling reading for all divers. There's everything from classic tales of wreck discoveries to encounters with beautiful and bizarre creatures beneath the waves. There are stories of death and disaster as well as bravery and triumph. Take the plunge to read about the diver who discovered how to put sharks in a trance and the marine biologist who lost a limb trying to proving that sharks he studied were safe to swim with. There's the tale behind the Red Seas most famous wreck, as well the Titanic's sister ship that keeps claiming divers lives. Read about the politician attacked by a turtle, the saltwater crocodile that lost a sub-aqua scuffle and the eel feeding frenzy that almost claimed a life. Rogue government officials from Mexico are exposed for unacceptable underwater behavior and officious dive instructors are given the slip to allow some extraordinary underwater exploration. Exciting and extreme tales rub shoulders with more poetic pieces about the people and places that make up the folklore of this fascinating sport.This global tour takes in everywhere from Indonesia to the Caribbean and from the chill waters of Northern Europe to the reefs of the Pacific. Stories of technical pioneers are accompanied by quirky tales of adventure beneath the waves. Every ocean of the world is explored making this essential reading - or a wonderful gift - for divers everywhere.
    Steve Sleight
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    All you need to know when you're at sea. Whether you're setting sail for the first time or have been sailing for years, "Sailing Essentials" is the perfect companion. Full of practical advice on every aspect of sailing, from basic manoeuvres to dealing with difficult weather conditions, it also includes guidance on fundamental maintenance and repairs. Step-by-step sequences take you through the key techniques of sailing, such as trimming the sails and plotting a course plus detailed instructions on emergency procedures and first aid. A handy waterproof clip-on cover means you can have it on hand in any weather. Packed with invaluable information, "Sailing Essentials" is perfect as a skipper's back up manual or a quick reference guide for novice sailors. You won't want to set sail without it.
    Sally Tertini
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    Dip in to the dazzling array of wild swimming spots in and around Sydney. Inside you'll find details of over 250 amazing places to swim within a three-hour drive of the city. Every rock pool and tidal bath from Jervis Bay to Newcastle has been reviewed, as well as dozens more beaches, rivers, lakes and waterholes.For over five years the authors researched and swam at hundreds of wild swimming spots. In this volume they reveal their favourites, combining engaging travel writing and spectacular photography. With detailed directions, co-ordinates and maps, this is the perfect book for swimmers, explorers and armchair travellers alike.Sydney is surrounded by some of the most beautiful national parks and wilderness in the world. Dramatic canyons and serene rivers flow through pristine bush to meet a coastline of white sand and tidal pools. This book will guide you to the best the area has to offer while also celebrating the sheer joy of wild swimming. It will ignite your sense of wonder, exploration and fun, and it will embolden you to get out there and jump in!
    Paul Snyder
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    Praise for the previous edition: 'The book's clear, sequential photographs include all the basics, including bends, splices, and line-handling tips' - "Ocean Navigator". 'Teaches the 20 most useful knots and splices with wonderful step-by-step photographs. Almost every knot is pictured on two facing pages, so the entire sequence is right before you' - "The Ensign". 'More than knots, [this book] is about rope and its uses on boats' - "Dockside". 'Its illustrations on how the knots are tied are among the best I have seen' - "Mariner's Log". A wet, pitching deck in a 20-knot 'breeze' is not the place to realize you've forgotten exactly how to tie a reef knot. Whether you need to brush up on your ropework skills or you're just learning to sail, "Nautical Knots Illustrated" is your perfect companion. With clear, simple explanations and 295 step-by-step photographs, you'll easily learn how to tie the 20 most useful knots and splices. The bowline, reef knot, sheet bend, and clove hitch are here, of course, but so are less common gems such as the carrick bend and stevedore knot. Longtime sailors Paul and Arthur Snyder also explain the essentials of smart line handling, including how to coil halyards and sheets, fix winch overrides, tow dinghies, and pick up a mooring, as well as the best ways to handle high-tech rope materials, such as Kevlar and Spectra, in addition to Dacron and nylon.
    Terry Laughlin
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    Even though swimming is the closest thing to a perfect exercise you can name, too few people experience its full benefits. That's because most find themselves fighting to stay afloat, struggling for air, and feeling exhausted after just a lap or two, all of which makes this perfect exercise frustrating, laborious, and complicated. For the past fifteen years, veteran swim coach Terry Laughlin has been teaching adults how to swim better - and enjoy it more - by using his simple and original techniques. Laughlin turns traditional swimming beliefs inside out as he explains that it's technique - not athletic ability - that makes a strong swimmer. Laughlin teaches 'Fishlike Swimming,' focusing on slipping through the water rather than using muscle to overpower it. The key is working with the water, not against it - learning to swim ever faster and farther without losing a sense of flow, grace, economy, and balance.
    Michele Tameni
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    The Wild Swimming series travels to Italy to explore freshwater lakes, mountain and lagoons. Dip in to the emerald-green plunge pools of Sicily and swim at river beaches in Campania. Discover the secret hot springs of Tuscany and amazing waterfalls of the Dolomiti. Explore the hidden shores of Lake Como and Garda. Perfect for family explorers or romantic adevnturers, this stunning travel book combines beautiful photography with all the practical information you'll need to get off the beaten track, including maps, directions, grid references and walk-in times, and recommendations for canoe trips, campsites and tavernas.
    Andy Gratwick
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    The Kiteboarding Manual is your complete practical guide to this fast-paced and addictive sport. It'll get you started with the kite and take you throughto flying it on the water, jumping, tricks and racing, as well as covering weather, wind and tide theory and helping you select the right kit. Sections cover: The origins of kiteboarding and massive rise in popularity in recent years How a kite flies and basic weather principles as well as background on tides and currents, waves, and wind vs tide Getting started on land - LEIrigging, assembly, launching and flying, body-dragging How to master your board skills -turns, stopping, rules of the road Going upwind, riding toeside, turning and transition Moving fast and riding waves; learning to tack and gybe Details on all kiteboarding disciplines from speed kiting to kiting on land How to improve your performance and enjoy incredible airtime! Packed with step-by step photo sequences explaining the basic moves all the way through to more advanced tricks, and including information on competitions and becoming an instructor, this is a book no kiter will want to be without.
    Onne Van der Wal
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    From the eye of a world-class sailor through the lens of a world-class photographer, this grand-scale book takes the reader on a voyage around the world, capturing the joy, excitement, and serenity of sailing. As a professional sailor, Onne van der Wal has skippered boats of many kinds, raced yachts in every climate, and crossed the Atlantic more than ten times. When Olympus Cameras gave him a camera to document his Dutch team s Whitbread Round the World Race in 1981, he discovered his second passion: photography. Over a lifetime devoted to sailing, van der Wal has accrued an unparalleled archive of the most evocative and beautiful photography of the pursuit in all its varied forms, from classic yacht racing around Newport, R.I., to beautiful schooners drifting outside St. Tropez, and from peaceful catamaran expeditions through the silent Antarctic to intense Grand Prix races around the coast of Australia. No other photographer has the experience to shoot so well on board a speeding yacht or the confidence to scale a mast for the right panoramic view; and no other sailor has captured the extremes of the excitement, competition, peace, and mystery the sport affords. This lavishly illustrated volume with nearly 200 color photographs and several gatefolds of glorious panoramic images is a celebration of the nautical lifestyle and a love letter to a pursuit that is so much more than a pastime for all those lucky enough to enjoy it."
    Yacht and Sail
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    A lavish survey of the world's most prestigious yacht clubs. Yachting is steeped in tradition, and this handsome volume is a gorgeous, refined collection of the world's top yacht clubs, where sportsmanship is combined with an appreciation for fine living and elegant society. From the Yacht Club Italiano, one of the oldest on the Mediterranean, to the storied New York Yacht Club, which held the longest recorded winning streak in sports by winning the America's Cup 150 years in a row, this book features twenty yacht clubs distinguished by history and tradition, as well as their central role in the social calendar. Among the yacht clubs featured are the Golden Gate Yacht Club, the current defender of the America's Cup; the exotic Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club; and the Yacht Club de Monaco, with its new showcase headquarters designed by Sir Norman Foster.
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    For the first time in over a decade the "US Navy Divers Handbook" is to be released with latest and most up-to-date Revision 6 tables. The Handbook not only contains the US Navy Decompression Tables but also the Recompression Chamber Operator's Handbook. It is pocket size, printed on waterproof/tear proof pages, and is easily referenced. Used internationally by recreational, commercial, and military divers because of its authoritative and approved procedures, it contains the latest decompression tables and techniques for avoiding decompression sickness. This durable handbook is a must for all divers and chamber operators. The Revised 6th Edition of the "United States Navy Diving Manual" incorporates many changes. The first major change is a complete revision of the air diving procedures and air diving tables in Chapter 9 of the Manual. 'The procedures and tables are the mature product of ten years of work including testing, rigorous analysis, and Fleet Diver feedback. The bottom line is that these new tables and procedures represent a quantum step forward in safe diving practices and correct identified safety deficiencies in the existing air tables that have been part of the manual virtually without significant change for fifty years' - Captain Rich Hooper, "USN Faceplate Magazine", Vol 11 No. 2. The second major change concerns the operation and procedures of the Oxygen Regulator Control Assembly (ORCA), a key material element that enables the proper implementation of the preferred air diving decompression regime in the revised Diving Manual: decompression with oxygen. The third addition is the training requirements for Oxygen Worker Training, a necessary element for commands to manage the oxygen systems which are required for the revised procedures.
    Carl Cramer
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    Get the latest boatbuilding tips from this updated classic. Since its first publication in 1970, "Boatbuilding Manual" has become the standard reference in boatbuilding and boat design schools, in the offices of professional builders, and in the basement workshops of home builders. No other boatbuilding text has simultaneously served the disparate needs of professional and amateur audiences so successfully. Carl Cramer, the publisher of "WoodenBoat" and "Professional Boatbuilder" magazines, has fully updated this fifth edition with the latest in boatbuilding techniques and developments. It includes: the latest wood-epoxy construction methods that make amateur building more successful than ever before and recommendations on products and materials, saving you time and money substantial time and expense. Topics covered in this title include: Plans, Tools, Woods, Fiberglass and Other Hull Materials, Fastenings, Lines and Laying Down, Molds, Templates, and the Backbone, Setting Up, Framing, Planking, Deck Framing, Decking, Deck Joinerwork, Interior Joinerwork, Finishing, Sailboat Miscellany, Steering, Tanks, Plumbing, etc, Mechanical and Electrical, Potpourri, and Safety.
    Derek Aslett
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    The Solent is the spiritual home of sailing and one of Britain's most popular sailing spots, offering a varied and interesting cruising ground. In this fully updated third edition, Derek Aslett provides an authoritative companion that helps you make the most of your visit. Centred on Cowes and covering the area from Keyhaven and Yarmouth in the west to Chichester and Bembridge in the east, the Solent Cruising Companion provides comprehensive pilotage and nautical information, as well as suggestions of where to eat and what to do ashore. The book is enhanced with colour charts and detailed photography, including spectacular aerial shots of ports, harbours and anchorages.
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    Well established as 'the East Coast yachtsman's bible', this 20th edition of Jan Harber's classic cruising companion marks the book's 60th anniversary. Dating back to 1956 when Jack Coote, Jan's father, produced the first black and white edition, East Coast Rivers, now extending from Lowestoft to Ramsgate, continues to cover the rivers, curlew-haunted creeks and intricate shoals and swatchways of the Thames Estuary and surrounding rivers. Comprehensive pilotage and nautical information based on years of local knowledge is complemented by port information and local maritime history, helping cruising sailors to make the most of their visit to the East Coast. The text is illustrated throughout with updated charts and photographs, including spectacular aerial shots of a number of the rivers and entrances that make up this cherished cruising ground. Not only a pilot guide, this is the memoir of a family's history; exploring, capturing and celebrating this extraordinary sailing area.
    Jack Jackson
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    The Dive Atlas of the World offers a global tour of dive sites, described and photographed by experts. From well-known classics to sites that have only recently been discovered, this global selection offers the discerning diver a feast of locations to choose from, including an expanded selection of Caribbean dive sites.Whether you favour muck diving and macro photography, wrecks, walls, reefs, caves, blue holes or the adrenaline rush of high-speed drift dive in a strong current (or all of these), you will find well-written, clearly mapped accounts of the top places where you can enjoy these dives.This book features contributions from local experts, leading writers and award-winning photographers such as Jack Jackson and Lawson Wood.
    Mark Fishwick
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    Cruise the West Country and discover its delights with this perfect onboard companion. First published in 1988 as West Country Cruising, Mark Fishwick's definitive sailing guide for the ever attractive coastline of Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly combines a skilful blend of pilotage and cruising information, enhanced with full colour photography, including many additional aerial views, and a wealth of absorbing local history and general interest. More than one satisfied reader has aptly described the book as "the perfect on-board companion", now reflected in this enlarged eighth edition. For those who plan to head west, this book is more than essential reading - it will enhance your own enjoyment and prove to be a worthy and much used addition to the ship's library. "One of the best pilots I have ever come across" "My thanks for such an excellent pilot and guide."* Passages - tides, weather, hazards, shipping, coastal detail, planning, tactics and waypoints* Pilotage - in depth appraisal of approaches, harbours and anchorages from Bridport to Padstow including the Isles of Scilly.* Buoyage, lights, hazards, tides, local regulations, VHF channels, waypoints and invaluable local knowledge.* Colour, easy to read charts* Port Guides - mooring and berthing facilities, marinas, charges, fuel, provisions, showers, launderettes, chandlers, repairs, eating and drinking ashore and a host of other things from museums and onshore attractions to invigorating walks, local events, shops open on Sundays and even cash points too! The new edition includes fully updated information on all changes to navigation, contact details and the new layouts of Falmouth and Newlyn.
    Matt Warshaw
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    Matt Warshaw knows more about surfing that any other person on the planet. After five years of research and writing, Warshaw has completed a totally unprecedented history of the sport and the culture it has spawned. With a voice that is definitive, funny, and wholly original, The History of Surfing delivers the ultimate book for surfers everywhere.
    David de Lara
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    Donald Campbell was born into the world of record-breaking, as the only son of the legendary Sir Malcolm Campbell, famous in the inter-war years as the ultimate record breaker with nine land and four water speed records. This richly illustrated book provides a unique insight into the life of Donald Campbell, a brave and intense man obsessed with doing better than his father and flying the flag for Britain as the pioneering nation of speed record breakers and leading-edge designers. With much new and rare material, it reveals the record attempts made with his Bluebirds on land and water, capturing the life-and-death dramas played out against the barren backdrop of Lake Eyre in Australia and the verdant hills surrounding Coniston Water in the English Lake District.