Top 10 Best Books to Read in Water Sports - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Water Sports. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Water Sports - August 2021

The #1 New York Times –bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany, the inspiration for the PBS documentary The Boys of '36 , broadcast to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the boys' gold medal race. Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936. The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together - a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism. Drawing on the boys' own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times - the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant. It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson, Timothy Egan, James Bradley, and David Halberstam's The Amateurs .

  • Author: Daniel James Brown
  • Genre: History, Americas, United States, State & Local

                 

2. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Water Sports - August 2021

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'Who would have thought something as simple as changing the way we breathe could be so revolutionary for our health, from snoring to allergies to immunity? A fascinating book, full of dazzling revelations' Dr Rangan Chatterjee There is nothing more essential to our health and wellbeing than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. In Breath , journalist James Nestor travels the world to discover the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can: - jump-start athletic performance - rejuvenate internal organs - halt snoring, allergies, asthma and autoimmune disease, and even straighten scoliotic spines None of this should be possible, and yet it is. Drawing on thousands of years of ancient wisdom and cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again.

  • Author: James Nestor
  • Publisher: Penguin Life (July 8, 2021)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Alternative Medicine
  • ISBN: 978-0241289129
  • Dimensions: 5.08 x 0.71 x 7.8 inches

                 

3. Moon USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 62 Parks (Travel Guide)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Water Sports - August 2021

They've been dubbed America's best idea for a reason: get inspired, get outdoors, and discover the wild beauty of the United States with Moon USA National Parks . Inside you'll find: Coverage of all 62 national parks, from the misty mountains of the east and the redwoods of the west to the glaciers of Alaska and volcanoes of Hawaii, organized by region Strategic lists and itineraries: Choose from lists of the best parks for hiking, wildlife, families, and scenic drives or make your way down the list of the top ten national parks experiences across the country The best outdoor adventures in every park, including backpacking, biking, climbing, kayaking, rafting, and more, plus detailed hike descriptions and trail maps marked with distance, duration, effort level, and trailheads National parks road trips with driving times and advice for linking multiple parks, interesting stops between them, and nearby attractions and state parks Comprehensive planning resources: With maps and transportation tips, you'll have the tools to explore each park or region individually, or visit multiple for an epic national parks trip Expert advice from former park guide Becky Lomax on how to avoid crowds , what time of year to visit, and where to stay inside and outside the parks, from campgrounds to hotels Know before you go: Find essential background on climate, terrain, wildlife, history, and safety precautions, plus practical information on park fees, passes, and reservations, including how to obtain and use a National Parks Pass Gorgeous, full-color photos throughout, plus a handy keepsake section for your national parks stamps and a detachable fold-out poster map Whether you're trekking to striking vistas, rafting a wild river, or camping under the stars, find your park adventure with Moon USA National Parks . For more in-depth information on a specific park, check out one of Moon's national parks travel guides.

  • Author: Becky Lomax
  • Publisher: Moon Travel; 2nd edition (October 13, 2020)
  • Genre: Travel, Specialty Travel
  • ISBN: 978-1640499188
  • Dimensions: 5.45 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches

                 

4. The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History through the Heart of the Grand Canyon


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Water Sports - August 2021

From one of Outside magazine's "Literary All-Stars" comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983. In the spring of 1983, massive flooding along the length of the Colorado River confronted a team of engineers at the Glen Canyon Dam with an unprecedented emergency that may have resulted in the most catastrophic dam failure in history. In the midst of this crisis, the decision to launch a small wooden dory named the Emerald Mile at the head of the Grand Canyon, just 15 miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam, seemed not just odd but downright suicidal. The Emerald Mile , at one time slated to be destroyed, was rescued and brought back to life by Kenton Grua, the man at the oars, who intended to use this flood as a kind of hydraulic sling-shot. The goal was to nail the all-time record for the fastest boat ever propelled - by oar, by motor, or by the grace of God himself - down the entire length of the Colorado River from Lee's Ferry to Lake Mead. Did he survive? Just barely. Now, this remarkable, epic feat unfolds here, in The Emerald Mile .

  • Author: Kevin Fedarko
  • Genre: History, Americas, United States, State & Local

                 

5. Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Water Sports - August 2021

The finest guidebook ever written for Maui. Now you can plan your best vacation--ever. This all new ninth edition is a candid, humorous guide to everything there is to see and do on the island. Best-selling author and longtime Hawai'i resident, Andrew Doughty, unlocks the secrets of an island so lush and diverse that many visitors never realize all that it has to offer. Explore with him as he reveals breathtaking trails, secluded beaches, pristine reefs, delicious places to eat, colorful craters, hidden waterfalls and so much more. Every restaurant, activity provider, business and resort is reviewed personally and anonymously. This book and a rental car are all you need to discover what makes Maui so exciting.

  • Author: Andrew Doughty
  • Publisher: Wizard Publications Inc.; All new 9th edition (September 16, 2019)
  • Genre: Travel, United States
  • ISBN: 978-1949678048
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.5 inches

                 



6. All You Need Is Love: An emotional, uplifting story of love and friendship from bestseller Jessica Redland


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Water Sports - August 2021

'A cracking read. I loved it!' Nicola May When you’ve loved and lost, how do you find the strength to let love in again? Jemma thinks she’s found the love of her life. Scott is everything she ever dreamed of and she can’t wait to begin the next stage of their life together. But just as she is heading for her happy ever after, a shock revelation shatters Jemma’s life as she knows it. Left to pick up the pieces, Jemma's friends and family rally round to help her find the courage to move on. Sam thinks he has his future all worked out. A thriving career, lovely home and an amazing fiancée. But when tragedy strikes, he finds himself alone, far from everyone he cares about. Did he do the right thing by running away and trying to rebuild the tatters of his life alone? This is the story of Jemma and Sam. Two lost souls, desperately trying to find closure and happiness. When a chance meeting brings them together a friendship is formed, but the guards are up. Will it finally be their turn for a happy ever after? Or will the secrets from their pasts prevent them from moving on? Escape to Whitsborough Bay for an emotional, uplifting story of love and friendship from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland. This book was previously published as Bear With Me. 'A delightful read that highlights the reality of many aspects of love, life, loss and illness. Add a huge bear hug of romance and comedy to create a winning formula for a cracking read. I loved it!' Nicola May Praise for Jessica Redland: 'Jessica Redland writes from the heart, with heart, about heart' Nicola May 'I loved my trip to Hedgehog Hollow. An emotional read, full of twists and turns' Heidi Swain 'A wonderful, warm series full of family, friends and romance.' Katie Ginger

  • Author: Jessica Redland
  • Publisher: Boldwood Books (March 11, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

7. Pro-Knot Outdoor Knots - Portable Waterproof Knot Book


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Water Sports - August 2021

Pro-Knot - The portable waterproof knot book! With over one million knot cards sold and more 5 Star reviews - over 5,000 - than any other knot book author on Amazon, Pro-Knot is America's favorite knot reference. This Outdoor Knots version will serve you well whether you are lashing down a kayak on the roof of your car (use the Trucker's Hitch), hanging an adjustable line in camp (use the Tautline Hitch), tying a boat to a dock (Cleat Hitch), or you just need a quick peek at the good old Bowline Knot while outdoors. And being completely waterproof solid plastic means you can take them with you anywhere without worry - great for wilderness survival kits, boating, camping, and emergency preparedness. This six card set is easy to understand with clear illustrations for the 23 best all-purpose rope knots - see complete list of knots below. If it's on this card set, it is a proven, useful and trusted knot! These rope knots are universal for survival, boating, climbing, prepping, search and rescue, home and ranch, scouts, camping, paddle sports and any outdoor activity involving rope. There are step-by-step instructions for joining ropes together, tying rope to objects and making loops. Waterproof solid plastic cards with no-rust brass grommet 23 essential rope knots Size: 3½ x 2¼ x 1/8 inch, weighs less than one ounce. Perfect backpack, glove box, bug-out-bag or boat Knots include: Bowline (single best all-around knot to know), Square Knot, Water Knot (best knot for use with nylon webbing), Rolling Hitch, Clove Hitch, Sheet Bend, Double Sheet Bend, Trucker's Hitch (a must know knot), Mooring Hitch (quick release knot), Cleat Hitch (boaters must-know knot), Tautline Hitch (adjustable knot for camp guy-lines), Buntline Hitch (use for attaching rings, snaps, etc to rope), Prusik Knot, Butterfly Knot, Half Hitch, Two Half Hitches, Constrictor Knot (bundle up loose items), Double Fisherman's (join two ropes), Figure Eight, Bowline on a Bight, Stopper Knot, Slippery Half Hitch (part of the Truckers Hitch system of knots), Timber Hitch. 23 knots total.

  • Author: John E. Sherry
  • Publisher: J. E. Sherry Company; 9th edition (September 15, 2020)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Crafts & Hobbies
  • Dimensions: 7 x 3 x 0.06 inches

                 

8. Wayward: Stories and Photographs


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Water Sports - August 2021

Breathtaking photographs and deeply personal stories from a leading surfing and nature photographer, conservation advocate, and social media force Wayward is a collection of striking photographs and the revealing personal stories behind them by one of the leading surf, nature, and adventure photographers of our time. At remote beaches and locales in places like Russia, Norway, Iceland, and the Aleutian Islands, Chris Burkard succumbed to hypothermia, destroyed thousands of dollars' worth of camera gear, and spent a few nights in jail. But in the process, he captured amazing and iconic images that have defined his life’s work. And while millions have seen his photographs in magazines, marketing campaigns for Patagonia, Sony, and others, and via his social media, Burkard has never given a full account of these journeys--until now. With never-before-seen images and the stories behind them, Burkard crafts an original narrative that combines the page-turning drama of a great explorer’s adventure story and the immediacy and power of unforgettable photographs. Chronicling both the failures and the successes he has experienced in building a career, Burkard shares an infectious passion for photography, surfing, and chasing dreams in some of the world’s most awe-inspiring places.

  • Author: Chris Burkard
  • Publisher: Abrams (November 23, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1419732768
  • Dimensions: 7 x 9 inches

                 

9. The Useful Knots Book: How to Tie the 25+ Most Practical Rope Knots (Escape, Evasion, and Survival)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Water Sports - August 2021

Discover the Only Knots You'll Ever Need! The Useful Knots Book is a no-nonsense knot guide on how to tie the 25+ most practical rope knots. It comes with easy to follow instructions, pictures, and tips on when to best use each knot. Teach yourself knot tying today, because it's easy, fun, and useful. Get it now. The Ultimate Knots Guide Explanations of common knots and ropes terms Easy to follow instructions and clear pictures Tips for proper rope care Advice on how to choose right knot for the job All the fundamental boy scout knots Learn the 5 Main Types of Knots and When to Use Them Stopper Knots Loops Hitches Bends Lashing Discover all the Knots You Need ... in this complete knot tying visual guide. From basic knots to more advanced ones Climbing knots Various bowline knots Fishing knots Boating knots Knots for survival ... and more. Includes 4 Free Bonuses Get your copy of The Useful Knots Book today and you'll also receive: Survival roping techniques. Learn how to get yourself out of survival situations using nothing but a rope. A critical first aid guide including an emergency first aid cheat sheet. The useful knots cheat sheet. Special report: How to swim 50+ meters underwater. Learn how to tie the only knots you'll ever need, because this book has the 25 most practical knots there are. Get it now.

  • Author: Sam Fury
  • Publisher: Survival Fitness Plan; Illustrated edition (August 7, 2019)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Crafts & Hobbies
  • ISBN: 978-1925979022
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.16 x 9 inches

                 

10. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Water Sports - August 2021

**Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography** Included in  President Obama’s 2016 Summer Reading List “Without a doubt, the finest surf book I’ve ever read . . . ”  —The New York Times Magazine Barbarian Days  is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.    Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter.  Barbarian Days  takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses—off the coasts of New York and San Francisco. It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships forged in challenging waves.   Finnegan shares stories of life in a whites-only gang in a tough school in Honolulu. He shows us a world turned upside down for kids and adults alike by the social upheavals of the 1960s. He details the intricacies of famous waves and his own apprenticeships to them. Youthful folly—he drops LSD while riding huge Honolua Bay, on Maui—is served up with rueful humor. As Finnegan’s travels take him ever farther afield, he discovers the picturesque simplicity of a Samoan fishing village, dissects the sexual politics of Tongan interactions with Americans and Japanese, and navigates the Indonesian black market while nearly succumbing to malaria. Throughout, he surfs, carrying readers with him on rides of harrowing, unprecedented lucidity.   Barbarian Days  is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little-understood art.

  • Author: William Finnegan
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Illustrated edition (April 26, 2016)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Water Sports
  • ISBN: 978-0143109396
  • Dimensions: 1.3 x 5.4 x 8.3 inches