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Surfing Books

June 16th is International Surfing Day so lets check out some classic and contemporary surf reads.

Cover of One Would Think The Deep

One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn

Sam stared at the picture of the boy about to be tipped off the edge of the world: the crushing weight of water about to pummel him. Sam knew that moment exactly, the disbelief that what was about to happen could even be possible. The intake of breath before the flood.

Cover of Raw Blue

Raw Blue by Kirsty Eager

Carly has dropped out of uni to spend her days surfing and her nights working as a cook in a Manly café. Surfing is the one thing she loves doing … and the only thing that helps her stop thinking about what happened two years ago.

Cover of breathing Under Water

Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle.

Ben and Grace Walker are twins. Growing up in a sleepy coastal town it was inevitable they’d surf. Always close, they hung out more than most brothers and sisters, surfing together for hours as the sun melted into the sea. Breathing Under Water is a lyrical and emotionally powerful novel about life, death and learning to breathe in between.

Cover of Road to Winter

The Road to Winter by Mark Smith

After a virus that has wiped out most of the population, orphan Finn lives on the coast with his dog Rowdy. His solitary surfing is disrupted when a girl appears on the beach.

Cover of Shark Girl

Shark Girl and Formerly Shark Girl  by Kelly Bingham

A novel written in the form of letters, journal entries and poems and about a surfing girl recovering from a near fatal shark attack,

Cover of Puberty Blues

Puberty Blues by Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey.

Classic Australian coming of age story that was scandalous when first published. It has been adapted to film and more recently to television.  For Deb and Sue, life is about surfies, panel vans, straight-leg Levis, nicking off from school, getting wasted and fitting in. But why should guys have all the fun?

Cover of Breath

Breath by Tim Winton

Now a major motionpicture (as they say) Breath is classic Australian literature, winner of the Miles Franklin Award for Literature, Breath is a story about the wildness of youth and learning to live with its passing.


Cover of Gidget

Gidget by Frederick Kohner

Written back in 1957 this book inspired movies and a television series all about surfer girl Gidget – and she became an American pop culture icon. Happy Surfing!

Gidget Surfing


1 comment


YES. I love this post!
One of my favourite series of all time is Kelly Bingham's Shark Girl duology and since being one of Oprah's Kids Books Reading List selections, I feel like it's hardly ever mentioned.
We always hear news reports about shark attacks, and yet we hardly ever get YA novels about the effect of a shark attack on someone's actual life. Shark Girl and its sequel Formerly Shark Girl detail this perfectly, which is why it's so sad that Kelly Bingham hasn't really written any YA novels since!
(As a side note, anyone interested in reading Shark Girl should know that the audiobook is under $10 on Book-Depository at the moment!)

14th Jun, 18