Surfing: 1778 – 2015 By Jim Heimann

View all 18 Photos

A state of mind. A lifestyle. A philosophy. A sport. Surfing embodies many things for millions of people, so the task of chronicling its history in a single book presented a challenge Jim Heimann, executive editor of Taschen America, was eager to take on. A cultural anthropologist and graphic design historian, Heimann spent three and a half years researching and gathering 900 images to paint a comprehensive picture of how surfing has evolved over centuries. The book is structured into five chapters and the first starts with 1778, the year when surfing is first recorded during the third voyage of Captain James Cook, even though the sport actually predates European contact. To collect all the vintage photos and information, the author worked with institutions and organizations from around the world, using images from various photographic archives. Readers can enjoy stunning paintings, illustrations, retro posters, vintage magazine covers, and photos taken at the start of the 20th century, through the 1950s and up to the present day. Other images show the evolution of the design of surfing apparel, or the use of surfing in advertising and media, as well as its influence on art, music, and film. Several essays written by top surf journalists are included to accompany the striking visuals. The book provides a thoroughly detailed history of this beloved sport and pays homage to its complexity and undeniable allure that have fascinated around 20 millions of people across the world. It’s a must-have for anyone who is fan of the sport and for those who appreciate its philosophy or want to understand the lifestyle in more depth. You can buy Surfing: 1778 – 2015 here. Photography by Mark Seelen, courtesy of Taschen.

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

Take me there

  • Design Destination: Melbourne

    A complete travel guide to Melbourne, your next design destination. The cultural capital of Australia,…

  • An Eco-stylish Retreat Concept

    Glamping in Quebec for both nature and design lovers. Designed by Bourgeois / Lechasseur architects,…

  • A Beautiful Hotel in Oia Greece

    A 19th-century home transformed into an elegant hotel. Located on the gorgeous island of Santorini,…

  • 72 Hours in Oslo

    A complete Oslo travel guide to make a short trip to the city memorable. Founded…

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(162246)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(677)
}
            
  • The Dulce Lamp

    A lamp that marries Art Deco influences with contemporary design. Distinctive and refined, the Dulce…

  • The Pure Minimalist Collection

    A line of ultra-minimal furniture for serene living spaces. New York-based Australian designer Ameé Allsop…

  • Chromosome X & Chromosome Y

    The next evolutionary step in interior design is Italian. In 2017, renowned company Baleri Italia…

  • The Gota Sustainable Lamp Family

    A lamp collection designed with sustainability in mind. Created in a collaboration between Brussels-based OGSB…

  • The Köllen Eget Desk

    A smart and multifunctional work desk. Designed by Spanish studio Köllen Design, this innovative desk…

  • The Nebl Planter

    A minimalist design that brings the tranquility of a foggy day indoors. Designed by Berlin-based…

  • Piknik Table

    A multifunctional picnic table designed to make the most of an outdoor space. Designed by…

  • Instrmnt’s A-Series Clock

    Minimalism meets industrial style in a versatile clock design. Glasgow-based multi-disciplinary design studio Instrmnt made…

Close Cart