Bring Epic Skate and Surf Indoors with These Handsome Coffee-Table Books

Room & board.

High Tide: A Surf Odyssey

By Chris Burkard

Breathtaking landscapes, remote and desolate places, the highest waves, the most spectacular jumps and a story of surfing to the ends of the world. A photographic homage to surfing in extreme conditions, made by an international surfer and his team, High Tide, A Surf Odyssey follows the surfers in their epic journeys and achievements in the most diverse landscapes and seascapes. This book portrays the ultimate battle between the elements and mankind: the water and the waves against the board and man.

$65 at Tabula Rasa Essentials


By Mami Wata

This unprecedented collection is compiled by Mami Wata, a Cape Town surf company that fiercely believes in the power of African surf. Mami Wata brings together its cofounder Selema Masekela and some of Africa’s finest photographers, thinkers, writers and surfers to explore the unique culture of 18 coastal countries—from Morocco to Somalia, Mozambique, South Africa and beyond. Packed with more than 50 essays, AFROSURF features surfer and skater profiles, thought pieces, poems, photos, illustrations, ephemera, recipes and a mini-comic, all wrapped in an astounding design that captures the diversity and character of Africa.

$40 at {pages} a bookstore

Silver. Skate. Seventies.

By Hugh Holland

In the 1970s, photographer Hugh Holland masterfully captured the burgeoning culture of skateboarding against a sometimes harsh but always sunny Southern California landscape. This never-before-published collection showcases his black-and-white photographs that document young skateboarders sidewalk-surfing off Mulholland Drive in concrete drainage ditches and empty swimming pools in a drought-ridden Southern California. With their requisite bleached-blond hair, tanned bodies, tube socks and Vans, these young outsiders evoke the sometimes reckless but always exhilarating origins of skateboarding lifestyle and culture.

$40 at Barnes & Noble