New Edition Out Now: The Bluffer's Guide to Surfing

Craig Jarvis updates his original guide to the wily wave sport.

'When I read this, Mother Nature's womb engulfed me. Totally.'

 - ‘CHIEF’, STAR OF THE SHAPER, WINNER ‘BEST SHORT’, LONDON SURF FILM FESTIVAL 2012

Never again confuse your tails with your rails, your SUPs with your ASPs, your shapers with your sprayers, or localism with a friendly welcome. Bask in the admiration of your fellow enthusiasts as you reminisce joyfully about those moments watching friends ‘going over the falls’, and pronounce confidently about the exact location of the ‘Ampullae of Lorenzini’. (That particular morsel of knowledge could save you from becoming shark food.)

The guide coaches readers on how to become all-round bluffers, both on and off the board. There are also chapters covering what to say when invited to surf (in order to keep dazzling reputations intact), notable sporting legends, and how to handle localism (knowledge of which might help readers out of a tight spot).

A 5-million-copy bestselling series, The Bluffer's Guides® have been helping people out of sticky situations for over four decades. Now relaunched, they're back – and not just in paperback. E-books are available from all major online bookstores. Bluffer's mission is to eradicate social embarrassment from this world, and (with the help of their witty experts) they're well on their way to doing just that. 

The Sunday Telegraph  described the original series as containing 'an amazing amount of solid fact disguised as frivolous observation' and  Daily Mail  hailed the guides as providing a 'means to apparent instant erudition without actually having to know or study anything.'

The latest release from Bluffer's is a new edition of  Craig Jarvis 's original  Bluffer's Guide to Surfing,  which has also undergone a facelift at the hands of  Jim Shannon , the new series illustrator.

'If you're a kook, especially if you're a kook, you will buy this book, for it reveals the many secrets and tricks of the surfing sub culture. I believe it will soon become a classic...' 

 - DEREK REILLY, EDITOR, STAB MAGAZINE

Craig Jarvis’s surfing travels have taken him to many great surf destinations and a great many beds (the hospital kind – don’t get excited). He caught malaria while surfing off the jungles of Java, and his catalogue of mishaps includes three tropical diseases unidentified by the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London, a broken arm, a broken elbow, four bouts of life-threatening dysentery, a torn groin while surfing in Ireland, a wasting disease contracted in Chile and a serious case of boils that attached themselves to him somewhere in Indonesia. Among his journalistic endeavours, he has been field editor of The Surfer’s Path , editor of Zigzag and is now editor-at-large of Wavescape . His favourite story as a freelance contributor concerned an oversexed male dolphin’s libidinous interaction with surfers, published in the Australian surf magazine Tracks . Craig currently lives in a house with a sea view over a nice wave near Cape Town. His days consist of walking his three surf hounds on the beach, reading, writing, going surfing and, in the evenings, sitting and watching surfers after pouring himself a stiff Scotch. It’s a tough life, but someone has to live it.

FOR PRESS ENQUIRIES

Emma Smith | 0207 042 0228 | esmith@bluffers.com

Review copies available on request.

E-book available for Kindle and iPad at Amazon.co.uk and iBookstore (RRP £4.99). Print edition now available at Waterstones and other retailers (RRP £6.99).

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A 5-million-copy bestselling series, The Bluffer’s Guides® have been helping people out of sticky situations for over four decades. Now relaunched, they’re back – and not just in paperback. The Bluffer's brand now encompasses a website (publishing mini Bluffer's Guides as editorial features), an app, and a weekly newsletter. Bluffer’s mission is to eradicate social embarrassment from this world, and (with the help of their witty experts) they’re well on their way to doing just that.

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If you're a kook, especially if you're a kook, you will buy this book, for it reveals the many secrets and tricks of the surfing sub culture. I believe it will soon become a classic…
DEREK REILLY, EDITOR, STAB MAGAZINE
When I read this, Mother Nature's womb engulfed me. Totally.
‘CHIEF’, STAR OF THE SHAPER, WINNER ‘BEST SHORT’, LONDON SURF FILM FESTIVAL 2012
Surfing is a minefield of jargon, specialist knowledge and expert analysis. If you want to bluff your way into becoming more of a ripper than a toe-dipper, pick up a copy of the Bluffer's Guide that's become every surfer's secret checklist.
GREG MARTIN, EDITOR, WAVELENGTH MAGAZINE
Craig Jarvis has managed to fit the whole world of surfing into one book. No mean feat, but then, as surf journalists go, he is a 9th dan. If you can't bluff your way in the salty bits of the world after reading this, you've got no one to blame but yourself.
ROGER SHARP, EDITOR, CARVE MAGAZINE