Bring Surf and Skate Indoors with These Coffee-table Books

Surf & turf.

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 countries like Iceland, Norway and Russia. This book portrays the ultimate battle between the elements and mankind: the water and the waves against the board and man. $65 


By Mami Wata

This 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. $40

Silver Skate 70S

By Hugh Holland

In the 1970s, photographer Hugh Holland masterfully captured the burgeoning culture of skateboarding against a sometimes harsh Southern California landscape. This collection showcases his black-and-white photographs documenting young skateboarders sidewalk-surfing off Mulholland Drive in concrete drainage ditches and empty swimming pools in a drought-ridden Southern California. The young outsiders evoke the sometimes reckless but always exhilarating origins of skateboarding lifestyle and culture. $40