Apr 14, 2015 - Sale 2380

Sale 2380 - Lot 234

Price Realized: $ 2,125
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(SURFING.) Drummond, Ron. The Art of Wave Riding. Frontispiece portrait of the author, 12 illustrations in text. [5], 26 pages. 4to, two-color illustrated publisher's wrappers, minimal foxing; internally clean. [Hollywood, CA: Cloister Press, 1931]

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Generally regarded as the first book devoted to surfing. This instructional pamphlet on bodysurfing was written to address "the pitiful sight of thousands of swimmers, young and old, men and women, always trying and never succeeding" and to promote "this superb sport which in my opinion is still in its initial stages of development." Decades later, the nation's first Hawaiian president is an avid bodysurfer.
The author, Ronald Blake Drummond (1907-1996) was an icon of early surfing, heavily bearded and standing at 6'6". He went on to a career as a photographer, cartographer, and adventurer in northern Canada, Africa, and the South Pacific, but remained an active bodysurfer into the 1990s. 4 copies in OCLC.