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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.
In 'Surfing: Water is Freedom', Russell teams with noted writer Anthony Pancia to tell the story 'behind the waves' . the people who surf them, those who make their livelihoods from them, and who follow the culture with a passion. It is an extraordinary book for the new millennium. And Anthony Pancia's words bring the images to life with wonderful stories of passion and adventure.
Russell Ord's photography stands alone. Nobody else in the world swims in the heaviest slab waves in the world, putting life, limb on the line to capture such dramatic & fantastically composed photos.
NZ$55.00 + delivery.
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.
This is the perfect little book to take with you if you are on a surfing tour around New Zealand.
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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
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Also includes information on when to dive. reef topography, liveaboard diving and much more.
NZ$40.00 + delivery.
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.
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NZ$50.00 + delivery.
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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