This anthology of some thirty entries includes excerpts from novels, reports from scientists, personal discussion by surfing experts and enthusiasts. The editor did last year's The Complete Book of Surfing (1965, p. 486) and three of his own articles are included. It's a safe bet as a gift to devotees of this sport because it's short; they'd rather surf than read. Another value of the book lies in its roundup of the trivia as well as the long history of surfing. The section on the science of it all offers five chapters on what the closest observers have found out about the action of heavy seas, the effects of winds, etc. For the pleasure of all those who go down to the shore to find out what the wild waves are saying by standing or lying on top of them.