SURFING, DIVING, KAYAKING AND OTHER WATER SPORTS.



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SURFING

  • The Wavewatcher’s Companion
  • Ghost Wave.
  • Wavetrack New Zealand Surfing Guide
  • Spot X Surfing New Zealand
  • DIVING

  • Spot X Diving New Zealand
  • Diving in Southeast Asia
  • Diving in Indonesia
  • Deep
  • Underwater Ear & Nose Care
  • Len Jones's Guide to Spear Fishing
  • KAYAKING

  • Obscured by Waves
  • Dreamtime Voyage
  • The Complete Sea Kayaker's Handbook
  • Sea Kayak Home Study Pack
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    THE WAVE WATCHER'S COMPANION.
    by Gavin Pretor-Pinney. Paperback, 129mm x 198mm, 336 pages, colour plates and black and white photos, Published 2010.
    One bright February afternoon on a beach in Cornwall, Gavin Pretor-Pinney (author of bestseller The Cloudspotter’s Guide) took a break from cloudspotting and started watching the waves rolling onto the shore. Mesmerised, he wondered where they had come from, and decided to find out. He soon realised that waves don’t just appear on the ocean, they are everywhere around us, and our lives depend on them.

    By the time he made the ultimate surfer’s pilgrimage to Hawaii, Gavin had become a world-class wavewatcher, although he was still rubbish at surfing. And, while this fascinating, funny book may not teach you how to ride the waves, it will show you how to tune into the shapes, colours and forms of life’s many undulations.

    NZ$29.00 + Delivery.

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    GHOST WAVE
    By Chris Dixon. Softback, 0.30kg, 135mm x 210mm, 307 pages. Published (this edition) 2017. Colour and Black & White photographs.
    A hundred miles off the California coastline, a fabled peak rises from the depths of the North Pacific, stopping just twelve feet short of the ocean's surface. Legends and grave warnings surround this submerged mountain, known as Cortes Bank–rumors of lost ships, spinning compasses, of bus-size sharks and man-size lobsters. Yet, the most daring of big wave surfers head out to the Bank for one simple reason: it is home to the biggest rideable wave on the face of the Earth; a swell of massive proportions that surges in from out of nowhere like a monster.

    In this meticulously researched, salt-crusted adventure tale, journalist Chris Dixon hits the high seas to bring the secrets of Cortes Bank to the surface, drawing readers into the harrowing world of the most enigmatic rock in the sea and the tremendously dangerous big wave surfing that occurs above it.

    This astounding true story of the Everest of the sea will captivate anyone with a curiosity about, and respect for, the vast and unknowable ocean.

    NZ$32.00 + delivery.

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    WAVETRACK NEW ZEALAND SURFING GUIDE
    By Greenroom Surf Media Ltd. Pbk, 106mm x 148mm, 549 Pages, colour and monochrome photographs, maps and sketches.
  • 470 detailed break maps
  • 80 classic kiwi line-up shots
  • 60 area synoptic charts
  • detailed weather info
  • break info by locals

    This is the perfect little book to take with you if you are on a surfing tour around New Zealand.

    45.00 + Delivery.

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    SPOT X SURFING NEW ZEALAND.
    By Pita Ngaru & Mark Airey. Paperback, 0.51kg, 210mm x 297mm, 152 Pages, colour photographs and maps.
    This book lists over 300 surf spots of New Zealand.
  • North Cape to Bluff
  • Topographic maps with access to spots clearly shown
  • Best wind, tide, season and swell
  • Surf quality, experience, consistency, wave type
  • Local services, accomodation and facilities

    Was NZ$45.00 + Delivery.
    Now NZ$19.99 + Delivery.

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    SPOT X DIVING NEW ZEALAND
    By Dave Moran, Jenny & Tony Enderby. Pbk, 210mm x 295mm, 200 Pages, colour maps.
    In this book, you'll find over 750 diving spots for wrecks, crayfish, scallops, caves and reefs etc.
    Features include:
  • GPS marks and access to all dive spots
  • Depth, current, restrictions & special conditions
  • Spots rated for experience and fitness
  • Expert preview of species & items of interest

    NZ$40.00 + Delivery.

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    DIVING IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
    A Bounty of Reefs, Wrecks and Coral Gardens

    By Sarah Ann Wormald. Paperback, 0.51kg, 138mm x 220mm, 288 pages. Published 2016. Full colour photographs and maps.

    The best Dive Sites in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philipines and Thailand

    Areas covered include:

  • Malaysia - Sipadan, Layang Layang, Terangganu, Tioman, Langkawi
  • Indonesia - East Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali, Nusa Tenggara, Maluka,
  • Philippines - Southern Luzon, Visayas, Palawan, Davao, Sula sea
  • Thailand - Similan Islands, Ko Tachai, Mergui Arch. Shark Point, Phi Phi Islands,

    Also includes information on when to dive. reef topography, liveaboard diving and much more.

    NZ$40.00 + delivery.

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    DIVING IN INDONESIA
    The Ultimate Guide to the World's Best Dive Spots

    By Sarah Ann Wormald. Paperback, 0.51kg, 138mm x 220mm, 304 pages. Published 2015. Full colour photographs and maps.

    The first comprehensive guide to the best dive sites in Indonesia, generally acknowledged to be the best diving anywhere in the world. This book has chapters on every dive area in the country, providing detailed maps, description, difficulty level, logistics, equipment availability, best time to visit, useful contacts, dive operators, accfomodation, livanoards, marine life and conservation.

    Areas covered include:

  • Bali
  • North Sulawesi
  • Central, South and Southeast Sulawesi
  • Nusa Teggara (Lombok, Komodo, Timor, Alor)
  • Raja Ampat and West Papua
  • and Maluku (Ambon, Banda and Halmahera).

    NZ$50.00 + delivery.

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    DEEP.
    By James Nestor. Paperback, 272 pages. Colour photos. Small Format Published in 2015.
    Competitive freediving, is a ridiculous sport. Divers hold their breath and see how low they can go without suffering grievous harm. Top divers submerge for more than three minutes and reach depths below 300 feet, where pressure causes human lungs to “shrink to the size of two baseballs,” Nestor writes. At first intrigued, Nestor quickly becomes disgusted as one diver after another surfaces with blood pouring from their noses, or dragged unconscious by rescue divers or in cardiac arrest. When practiced outside the structure of competition and the reckless chasing of depth records, however, freediving can be practical, even beautiful. Nestor meets researchers who freedive in order to attach satellite transmitters to sharks by hand, and freediving amid marine life, Nestor writes, is “the most direct and intimate way to connect with the ocean.” Nestor himself decides to learn to freedive, unveils startling facets of human physiology, most prominently the life-preserving reflexes known as the Master Switch of Life. Human divers survive at theoretically fatal pressures because of a reflexive retreat of blood from the extremities to the vital organs, which keeps the brain and heart flush with oxygen and the lungs engorged with enough blood to prevent collapse. Humans exposed to high pressure on land fail to flip the Master Switch. It is, then, a purely submarine aspect of our biology. Divers who learn to cultivate it, as Nestor does, can go up and down rapidly and stay submerged for several minutes. The Master Switch is the most important character in “Deep.” It is the apotheosis of the evolutionary connections of humans to marine life that Nestor enumerates, from the ability of blind people (and dolphins and whales) to use echolocation, to evidence that humans (like sharks) might have a navigational instinct predicated on Earth’s magnetic field.

    There is a point about 30 feet below the surface that freedivers know as “neutral buoyancy.” Beneath it, the ocean stops trying to spit you out and begins sucking you in. That is how “Deep” itself unfolds...

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    UNDERWATER EAR & NOSE CARE.
    By Noel Roydhouse. Softcover, 0.17Kg, 140mm x 210mm, 116 pages, Black & White Images, Published 1993.
    The inner ear is a critical target area for serious decompression illness and direct pressure injuries. These are well described and illustrated by case histories. Noel Roydhouse provides divers with the benefits of his long experience as an active diver and a researcher.


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    LEN JONES'S GUIDE TO SPEAR FISHING.
    By Len Jones. Softcover, 0.09Kg, 150mm x 210mm, 48 pages, Colour Photographs, published 2009.
    This simple booklet provides and excellent introduction to spearfishing. It is written from a South African perspective but most is applicable more widely. Interesting insights are provides on surf entries, hunting technique and using a kayak/surf-ski for spearfishing. Illustrated throughout with clear sketches.


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    OBSCURED BY WAVES.
    By Paul Caffyn. Softback, 0.80kg, 210mm x 295mm, 176 pages, black and white photographs and illustrations. Published 2005.

    Obscured by Waves is the remarkable tale of the first circumnavigation of the South Island by canoe. . Paul's solo paddle around the South Island, is highlighted by encounters skarks, tide races, and killer whales.

    Paul Caffyn's story is one of great endurance and courage requiring the highest levels of seamanship and skill.

    NZ$40.00 + Delivery.

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    DREAMTIME VOYAGE.
    By Paul Caffyn. Softback, 1.0kg, 210mm x 295mm, 186 pages, black and white photographs and illustrations. Published 2010.

    The first kayak circumnavigation of Australia - a 9,420 mile 360 day epic.
    An inspirational tale of one man's dogged determination to fulfill his impossible dream against all odds, including tropical cyclones, raging surf, sharks, sea snakes, crocodiles and three long sections of sheer limestone cliffs.

    NZ$40.00 + Delivery.

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    THE COMPLETE SEA KAYAKER'S HANDBOOK.
    By Shelley Johnson. Paperback, 0.58kg, 185mm x 234mm, 338 pages, black and white photographs and illustrations. Published 2011.
    Author Shelley Johnson's passion for kayaking and her ability to share that passion has been honed by years of guiding trips and teaching courses throughtout the United States and Canada. Now you can benefit from her hard-won and time-tested experiences and learn everything from basic paddling strokes and rolling techniques to advanced navigation and trip logistics. The author's practical advice and clear explanations ring true because she knows they work- she and her students have tested them all for you. Included in this new edition is much-needed information about buying used sea kayaks, as well as detailed tips for stretching to prevent fatigue and injury, allowing longer, more enjoyable days on the water. With this award-winning how-to guide, Shelley gets you out there sea kayaking safely and happily for years, whether on your backyard pond or across salty harbours.

    NZ$41.00 + Delivery.

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    SEA KAYAK HOME STUDY PACK.
    By Coastguard Boating Education. 0.52kg, Sea Kayak Manual, Study Guide, and Assessment Pack. 2015.
    The Home study course is ideal for people who cannot attend a Coastguard Boating Education Sea Kayak course due to a restricted schedule or geographical location.

    The pack contains:

  • Instructions and Study Guide
  • Sea Kayak handbook
  • Sea Kayak Assessment
  • Prepaid Envelope to return completed assessment.

    The Home Study course is valid for one year from date of enrolment. All studies and assessments must be completed within that 12 month timeframe. You may apply for a course extension by applying to Coastguard Boating Education.

    NZ$45.00 + Delivery.

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