The Art of Surf-Riding – On the Cornish Coast – Ronald S. Funnell

This really is a scorcher of a read. One of a bunch of books/guides made Ronald S. Funnel. It is so good, it reads a bit like a Famous Five book on how to surf. And I mean that in the best way possible. It’s brill!

I have a few copies of the book that are all the 1953 Coronation Editions. This book (as the author mentions) was originally printed in 1934, but I don’t know anyone as yet who has seen a copy. It’s one of those things I hope to find some day. It is known as one of the UK’s first surf books and it is a bit of must for all collectors.

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The artwork on the cover is amazing and inside it has loads of images from a ‘Daily Mirror’, for which I’m on the hunt. It also has a bunch of adverts for Solarbo Boards (see earlier Solarbo post on this site).

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In the book Ronald talks about the brilliant surfing on the North Devon/Cornish coast and mentions the 28 best beaches to surf on in the area.

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He also teaches the reader the dos and don’ts of surf riding, what board to get (mentioning his own Crests that were out of production by 1954 – see my post on Crests) and how to avoid killing yourself!!

It’s so totally neat, if you see one buy it. If you see a 1934 edition buy it – and please call me (please)!!

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