This title introduces readers to the adventurous sport of surfing. Readers will discover the sport's unique, must-have equipment in the text and diagrams, from surfboards to wax, wet suits, leashes, and helmets. Important safety information is also covered, including never surfing alone, respecting right-of-way, wipeouts, rip currents, marine animals, and underwater reefs and rocks. Chapters highlight surfing history from Polynesia to Hawaii and beyond, how to choose a board, and types of surfing, including longboarding, shortboarding, and tow-in surfing. They also cover famous athletes and surfing pioneers, including Duke Kahanamoku, George Freeth, Tom Blake, Kelly Slater, and Bethany Hamilton. Important surfing organizations are also introduced, such as the Association of Surfing Professionals, the International Surfing Association, and the National Scholastic Surfing Association. Sidebars on sunscreen, getting skegged, and surfing lingo will put readers in the know. Readers can also find out how to get started in this exhilarating sport and where to find good waves, including the United States, Australia, France, and Brazil. Striking, colorful photos will put readers right in the middle of this action-packed sport. They'll have a blast getting ready for an Adrenaline Adventure. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.