First printing of the first book-length autobiography in the history of surfing.
YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN HERE AN HOUR AGO
"And at the end of the day you stride home, head clear, cares washed away... and gently jazzed."
Revered California "power surfer" Phil Edwards collaborated with journalist Bill Ottum to publish his autobiography after Ottum's successful cover story of Edwards for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in 1966. One of the most sought-after surfing titles by collectors.
Read more: DeLa Vega, 200 Years of Surfing Literature, C22; Warshaw, The History of Surfing, 187-88.
New York: Harper & Row, (1967). Full title: You should have been here an hour ago: the stoked side of surfing or how to hang ten through life and stay happy. 9.75'' x 6.75''. Original light blue cloth, spine lettered in silver, Harper & Row symbol stamped in silver to front board. In original unclipped ($6.95) photographic dust jacket with cover photo by Lynn Pelham, Rapho-Guillumette. Profusely illustrated with photographs throughout, most full page. 178,  pages. Book with sliver of toning at edges; jacket with faint creasing.
Near fine in near-fine jacket.
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