Hollywood: Cloister Press, 1931. First edition. Original pictorial wraps, measuring 230 x 160 and complete in 26 pages. Illustrated throughout. A Fine copy of a scarce book that had an initial print run of about 500 copies, and which is noted as the first manual on surfing.
Considered a cornerstone of any collection of early surfing books, Ron Drummond's self-published piece describes the art of "wave riding," or body surfing. In doing so, it became the first published work on surfing of any kind. In addition to walking readers through catching and riding a variety of wave sizes and types, Drummond moves beyond the practical to consider the role of community in the sport and its growth. An icon of early surfing, Drummond intended the slim booklet as a means to promote "this superb sport which in my opinion is still in its initial stages of development." Indeed, Drummond's prediction proved too. An exceptionally popular sport that has drawn hobbyists and professionals, has generated its own California and Hawaii countercultures, and lives in the popular imagination through film and television depictions. (Item #5013)