The Art of Wave Riding - Ron Drummond 1931 - Ronald B. Drummond, Hollywood - First Edition This is considered the first book published on surfing unless you count Alfred Gurney’s 1914 handmade pictorial book ‘Surf Riders of Hawaii’. An essential and rare work for any surfing collection.

A fine copy in the original silk-screened pictorial wrappers, self-published in an edition of only 500 copies, it is described by Mark Hayes in his checklist of
Early Surfing Books as "beyond rare”.

With detailed instructions on body surfing interspersed with thirteen black-and-white photographs from Venice Beach, 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’.

A powerful stroke, speed, good endurance, and the absence of fear are the primary requisites.’
  Provenance: Was consigned to auction by a member of the author's family.

Ron “Canoe” Drummond [1907-96] was an icon of early surfing, heavily bearded and standing at 6’6’, he was also a photographer, cartographer, canoeist and adventurer in Northern Canada, Africa, and the South Pacific, but remained an active bodysurfer into the 1990’s, he also wrestled as ‘Whiskers Blake’...

Book size 23x16cm, pp. [6] 26.
  Condition: Fine.   Ref: 105997   Price: HK$ 28,000