The surfboard is both a piece of sports equipment and a work of art. It is a marvel of engineering and for some, a path
to fame and celebrity. It exudes both power and grace; it allows its rider to soar through the air or penetrate the
watery depths. Centuries ago, early Polynesians considered the surfboard a religious icon, a means of worshipping the
ocean. Today it is a cultural icon, a means of worshipping not simply the ocean but also those who seek to master its
powerful and unpredictable forces.
In 365 Surfboards, surfing expert and writer Ben Marcus brings together the most important, most interesting, and most
innovative surfboards the world has ever known. From 12-foot-long koa boards of ancient Hawai’i to state-of-the-art
modern boards utilizing streamlined design for maximum speed and maneuverability, the surfboard has undergone numerous
revolutions and advancements through the years. Pioneering riders and shapers—from Duke Kahanamoku and Tom Blake, to
Greg Noll and Hobie Alter, to Kelly Slater and Al Merrick—have brought their own personal touches and insights to
continually refine and redefine the ultimate tool for riding the waves. Each of the 365 boards featured here are
presented through color images and in-depth descriptions to offer a compelling and comprehensive history of the
surfboard and the people, moments, and innovations that have revolutionized the sport.