May 25, 2009



School’s out, but there are two new books worth hitting this season. Get back to the beach with Taschen’s 25th anniversary edition of Vintage Surfing, a jam-packed trove of surfing ephemera spanning the 1920s through the 1960s. Images include vintage ads, postcards, brochures and photographs, as well as period “Top 10” lists covering music, surfing stars, and top destinations for catching waves. Part diary, part travelogue, The California Surf Project follows photographer Chris Burkard and surfer Eric Soderquist on a surfing safari stretching from Oregon down to Mexico. Filled with more than 200 vibrant photographs of coastlines, campfires, and their resilient Volkswagen bus, the book is instant inspiration for anyone who’s dreamt about packing up and hitting the road.

Vintage Surfing, $8,

The California Surf Project, $35,

Laura Neilson