TREVOR CRALLE is a native California surfer and worldwide water sports enthusiast with a degree in cultural geography from the University of California at Berkeley.
While first impression might lead one to nominate a title such as this to a ``Reference Books from Hell'' list, it would be an ill-executed and hasty move. This book is well researched, carefully constructed, and useful--albeit in a limited context. Cralle, the editor/compiler, has done his homework on the water sport in all its incarnations worldwide. While the alphabetical defining of surfer's lingo, slang, and technical terms comprise the book's bulk, there are also interesting prefatory sections and appendixes (covering such topics as the history of surfing, ancient Hawaiian surfing terms, a directory of surfing organizations, etc.). Terms are handily cross-referenced and usage examples, variants, and observations from other sources are employed to good effect. While some surfing slang has entered general colloquial use (and hence is accessible through general or slang dictionaries), much remains in the province of the surfing subculture. In those areas where surfing is popular, this would be a recommended addition to reference collections. Cowabunga, library dudes!-- David M. Turkalo, Social Law Lib., Boston
"When surfing, do as the dudes do," Ai Coastal Living"The most comprehensive list of surfing expressions ever." AiSurfer magazine"If you think 'hey, dude' is the be-all and end-all of surfer talk, this exhaustive, good-humored book will expand more than your vocabulary." AiLos Angeles Time Book Review"Bitchin' book, Trev." AiGreg Noll, legendary big-wave surfer"An exhaustive catalog of beach speak." AiSan Francisco Chronicle