The Bluffers Guide to Surfing – New Edition Now Out

A new edition of Craig Jarvis’s original Bluffer’s Guide to Surfing is published.

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 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…’


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.

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