World Junior Surfing champion, Professional Surfer.

“…..Maybe if I get some free time I can use this book to help me make a board myself.


I found the information on the evolution of the surfboard fascinating!”


Teacher-librarian, Kingscliff High School.

“The Surfer’s Textbook is an absolute must for all secondary school libraries... .whether coastal or inland, whether offering Industrial Technology, Fibre-glassing courses or not. Students, teachers, surfers, home surfboard makers or repairers will clamour for it .. . .librarians had better order multiple copies!! "


Course Coordinator, Sport Management (Surfing Studies)
Southern Cross University, Tweed Heads, Winner of Pioneer Award at the 2005 Australian Surfing Hall of Fame awards.

“Howard Jennar has been a leading educator in the field of surfboard construction for over a decade. He established the Surfing Technology unit as part of Southern Cross University’s Diploma of Sport Management (Surfing Studies) and has been a lecturer at the University since 2004. The surfboard is integral to the surfing experience and Howard’s latest book ensures that both the science and the art of surfboard construction is well documented.”


National Development Manager Surfing Australia

“I worked in surfboard construction in my younger days and I regard the Surfers Textbook as a comprehensive publication on the history of surfboard construction”


Phil Whitehead, Teacher-librarian, Banora Point High School.

“Not just for the wax-heads and skegs! This book is also for the reader interested in Surfing History and Culture, in Industry Studies, or just looking for a fascinating read....”


Surfing industry pioneer craftsman and surf legend.

“This book gives a great account of the history of the surfing industry, the traditional methods, pioneers and techniques. The descriptions of the early days and the graphics and illustrations are a tribute to the art and craft of the dedicated board-maker”


Ocean & Earth Surf, Coolangatta

“Howard has put together the ‘BIBLE’ of surfboard technology in such a comprehensive and informative guide, touching on the forgotten past of quality workmanship and pride that has stood the test of time to the consumable modern surfboard industry.”


Technical Training & Resource Manager, Australian Technical College

The Surfer's Textbook is just that- a 'must have' resource for anyone involved in surfing, surfboard construction or any facet of this exciting industry. Howard has combined his vast knowledge of the surfing industry with his experience as an educator of excellence. I thoroughly commend this book for those seeking authoritative and insightful information on surfing.


1964 Women's World Champion

Anyone who has ever grabbed a plank and taken to the waves will be fascinated by the depth of knowledge, the treatment of the development of the sport of surfing and the clear and concise explanations and illustrations in the How-to sections on design, manufacture and repair of surf-craft in the Surfer’s Textbook.