Gestalten’s Surf Odyssey

17 . 04 . 16

​Exploring the broad spectrum of worldwide contemporary surf culture, the team behind Gestalten’s latest offering, a heavy coffee table book titled Surf Odyssey, found an incredible variety of subjects to feature. From frigid frontiers to tropical idylls, and from home-made through to high-end, it celebrates those who are forging their own path and pursuing their passions through the filter of surfing, and we’re honoured to have been included.

A copy of the book was delivered to the workshop on the book’s release date earlier this week, and it was lovely sitting down over a cup of tea and a few biscuits (James has been labeled for life now, thanks to the feature’s sub-title) and leafing through the different sections, many of which were written by our friend Dan Crockett.

The publishers, Gestalten, describe the book thus:

“There’s much more to surfing than palm trees and beach boy clichés. Beyond mainstream surfing lies an uncharted sea of creativity, community, and independence that celebrates the true nature of surfing. Surf Odyssey depicts this contemporary surf culture: the adrenaline-rush of cold-water surfing, the daunting treks through the terrain of Africa balanced by the welcoming Temple of Enthusiasm in Bali, the quest to find nature in its purest form, and the reward of finding oneself. Stunning images from pioneering outdoor photographers and poignant portraits of movers and shakers within the scene narrate a tale of wave-riding that steps away from social norms and into aquatic swells of adventure.

Revealing surfers to be multifaceted spirits, Surf Odyssey underlines the natural connections between environmental responsibility and the thrill of embracing an unbroken wall of water whilst showcasing the products and places that comprise this unique community.”

You can purchase the book from Gestalten here, or from your local bookshop – if they don’t carry it then it can be ordered using the ISBN 978-3-89955-653-7.

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