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Discover the devotional practice of wave riding through an atlas of fabled and iconic surf locations from around the world. Surfing is a way of life. It is communion with place. Living with and by the tides, surfers are attuned to the environment. They experience the sea at all seasons, learn the movements of the ocean, feel the moods of the break. To surf is to be at one with nature, in an intimacy that imbues any spot with a certain magic. An atlas of stories and surf breaks, Surf Atlas celebrates both the practice and the places of surfing. Explore the world's most unique, unusual, and most-loved surf destinations--from catching waves under the northern lights in Iceland and trekking across the Arctic tundra in Russia in search of the perfect break, to the best waves in California and riding monsters at Mavericks. This book moves beyond sunshine and palm trees to get to the heart of a way of life that is in communion with nature and place.