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Our favorite coffee table books of the year make the perfect gift too — featuring every sport from surfing to climbing, football to golf, skateboarding to skiing, and more. And for the sneakerhead, there’s the ultimate guide!

 

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1000 SNEAKERS: A GUIDE TO THE WORLDS GREATEST KICKS,

FROM SPORT TO STREET

by Mathieu Le Maux

The popularity of the sneaker has become a cultural phenomenon with a huge international audience clamoring for the latest drop. This encyclopedic book features 1000 full-color images of the sneakers that have most influenced the global sneaker culture — a visual history of the world’s most coveted and popular kicks. From early Keds and Converse All Stars, to Air Jordan and Air Force 1, to Royal Master Pro-Keds and Sk8 High Vans — throwbacks and new shoes alike — every major sneaker is covered, as well as the athletes and celebrities who made the shoes famous. 1000 Sneakers features detailed reference sections for collectors, histories of leading brands and designers, and anecdotes from the worlds of sports, fashion, and hip-hop. It’s the perfect gift for sports, design, and street fashion enthusiasts alike. $19.59 on Amazon
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Breathe In, Cash Out

 

BREATHE IN, CASH OUT AUTHOR MADELEINE HENRY

 
Breathe In, Cash Out is the debut novel by 27-year-old Madeleine Henry that offers an inside and satirical look at both the finance and yoga industry. The book tells the first-person story of a young Wall Street banking analyst, Allegra Cobb, who plans to quit her job as soon she gets her year-end bonus to pursue her real dream of becoming a full-time yoga guru.

What may seem like pursuits at the opposite end of the spectrum – yoga and banking – start to narrow when Allegra meets famed Instagram yogi, Skylar Smith, whose manipulative actions jeopardize whether Allegra will even get that bonus. Both industries get skewered, coming off equally self-absorbed and self-serving.

Ivy league grad and analyst at a top-tier bank – author Madeleine Henry’s career path has not been so different from that of her leading character. She herself went to Yale, and after to Goldman Sachs. Unlike Allegra however, her passion for yoga started after she left banking. As one can see Madeleine is a serious yogi, and with her own impressive Instagram following (@madeleinehenryyoga).  Read More

 

Finding Balance on Land and Sea

 

 

Gina Bradley – aka Paddle Diva – and her so named stand up paddleboard school have become a Hamptons summer staple. For anyone wanting to get into into this popular sport, Paddle Diva offers lessons and guidance for paddlers of all levels. Gina herself has recently jumped into some new waters authoring, Paddle Diva: Ten Guiding Principles to Finding Balance on the Water and in Lifewith the foreword written by Gabby Reece and Laird Hamilton.

Broken down into 10 guiding principles and so titled chapters, such as Dig Deep, Enjoy the Ride, and Look Up — the book is not a how-to guide, but a translation of lessons learned on the water that apply to everyday life. Even I, an experienced paddler, had to draw upon those principles on an extremely windy and choppy day last spring with Gina on the Hudson River, where my primary goal was not to take a plunge into those murky waters. Gina and I sat down for a chat about the book post-paddle… Read More

 

The Fletcher Family: A Life in Surf

 
 
FOUR GENERATIONS OF THE FLETCHER FAMILY
Christian, Dibi, Greyson , Herbie, Nathan, and Nathan’s baby – Lazer Zappa Fletcher 
Astrodeck, San Clemente, California, 2015
Photo: Rafael Pulido, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

 

Now on view at Gagosian in New York is the exhibition The Fletcher Family: A Lifetime in Surf, celebrating the soon-to-be published tome of the same title by Rizzoli. The legendary surf and skate dynasty that is the Fletcher family – Herbie and wife Dibi, their sons Christian and Nathan, and grandson Greyson – has been an institution in the action sport culture for decades, with an influence that extends beyond to the worlds of fashion, music, streetwear, and art.

Spanning fifty years of epic stories, photographs, personal ephemera and memorabilia, The Fletcher Family: A Lifetime in Surf is a visual memoir of this immensely colorful “first family” of surfing. Dibi narrates each chapter, accompanied by personal anecdotes about the family from notable contributors such as artist Julien Schnabel, photographer Bruce Weber, surfers Gerry Lopez and Kelly Slater, and the son of one of Vans founders, Steve Van Doren.

 

CLOCKWISE TOP: HERBIE, MAALAEA, HAWAII, 1976. Photo: Art Brewer, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive; HERBIE AND NATHAN, 1977. Photo: Art Brewer, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive; DIBI AND HERBIE, NORTH SHORE, HAWAII, 1970. Photo: courtesy Fletcher Family Archive; HERBIE, NORTH SHORE, HAWAII, 1969. Photo: Art Brewer, courtesy Fletcher Family Archive

 

In addition to selected imagery featured in the book, Gagosian has installed artworks by Herbie Fletcher called Wrecktangles. These large sculptures have been made from the surfboards ridden — and broken — by the greatest contemporary surfers at the Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii. The board theme recurs in the Wall of Disaster series, which feature masses of skateboards mounted to the wall in anarchic accumulations. Similar to their surfboard counterparts, they form a cacophony of logos and images. Read More

 

Not Your Father’s Sports Mag

 

 

A new breed of sport magazine has hit the newsstands. These bespoke publications are not the product of a big media conglomerate, but published by and tailored to those passionate fans who want a different point of view than your typical sports magazine. With an artful approach, bold yet unconventional photography, and words spoken softly over the roar — each of these delivers those stories that often go untold with a journalistic and visual appeal that transcends the sport itself. Read More

 

Ice Cream Headaches

 

 

All photographs by Julien Roubinet from Ice Cream Headaches

For most who envision the life of a surfer, images of board shorts and bikinis, blue waters and sunny beaches, or Hawaii and California come to mind. Unfamiliar to many however, are the intrepid surfers who call the beaches of New York and New Jersey their home break, braving the frigid winter waters of the Atlantic in thick hooded wetsuits for a few fleeting moments inside a murky barrel. Theirs is the hardcore, diverse, and vibrant cold water surfing community that is celebrated in the newly released tome, Ice Cream Headaches.
 


 
Writer Ed Thompson and photographer Julien Roubinet met surfing at Rockaway Beach and spent four years logging more than 4,000 miles from Eastern Long Island to Cape May, NJ, interviewing and photographing the surfers, shapers, artists, and documentarians who make up the scene. From local legend and Montauk fisherman Charlie Weimar; to Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Finnegan; to professional surfers with global followings such as Quincy Davis, Mikey De Temple and Balaram Stack, the New York surf community is as rich and colorful as the metropolis at its center.  Read More

 

Two Trainers, Two Books, Two Friends

 

BOB HARPER & STACEY GRIFFITH

Photo by Debby Hymowitz

Super trainers Bob Harper and Stacey Griffith have been friends for over 20 years with a lot of history between them. Two of the most recognized faces in the fitness industry, they first met at Crunch Fitness in West Hollywood in 1996. Stacey was there to take Bob’s spinning class as part of the audition process to be an instructor. Crunch was looking for a new star, Stacey told the audience in a conversation between the two at the 92nd Street Y, someone to be the next “Bob Harper”. Bob jumped in aghast, “Isn’t that awful? I would have said, I don’t want to be him. I want to be me!” Stacey would get the gig, and go on to be that fitness star by being her. Bob and Stacey were recently on the 92Y stage together to talk about their new books. Stacey’s first book, Two Turns from Zero: Pushing to Higher Fitness Goals — Converting Them to Life Strength is now out in paperback; and Bob’s newest book, his fifth, The Super Carb Diet: Shed Pounds, Build Strength, Eat Real Food was published in December.

Stacey Griffith is one of the founding Senior Master Instructors at SoulCycle whose popularity helped create the boutique fitness behemoth the brand is today. With a cult-like following whose classes are sold out within moments of sign-up, she is an expert motivator and self-empowerment guru. Stacey was a featured trainer on one of Oprah Winfrey’s “Live Your Best Life” tours, teaching to audiences of more than 15,000, and now a motivational speaker as well, regularly invited to lecture at various universities and corporations. Not bad for one who admits she didn’t even go to college. Read More

 

Summer Reading

 

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From new bestsellers to old classics, hanging on the beach or

curled up on the porch, here is your sporty summer reading list for 2017! Baseball, football, basketball, tennis and more, we’ve got all your favorite sports covered with enticing reads — even if you’re not a sports fan.

 

THE CUBS WAY:

The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball

and Breaking the Curse

By Tom Verducci (2017)

 
After 108 years, it finally happened. This New York Times bestseller tells the tale of the 2016 Chicago Cubs and their transformation from perennial underachievers to the best team in baseball. With inside access and reporting, Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer and FOX Sports analyst, Tom Verducci, reveals how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built, led, and inspired the Chicago Cubs team to break the longest championship drought in sports, chronicling their epic journey to become World Series champions.
 

PAPER LION: 

Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback

By George Plimpton (1966)

 
The book for which perhaps George Plimpton was best known, Paper Lion set the bar for participatory sports journalism. With his characteristic wit, Plimpton recounts his experiences in talking his way into training camp with the Detroit Lions, practicing with the team, and taking snaps behind center. His breezy style captures the pressures and tensions rookies confront, the hijinks that pervade when sixty high-strung guys live together in close quarters, and a host of football rites and rituals. One of the funniest and most insightful books ever written on football, Paper Lion is a classic look at the gridiron game.

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Surf Shack

 

 

“A surf shack is not built around what you think you need, so much as understanding all the things you don’t”, says writer Nina Freudenberger in the introduction to Surf Shack:Laid-Back Living by the Water, a beautiful new coffee table book that takes us inside the bungalows, trailers, cabins, and beach homes of those lucky enough to call themselves surfers. 

Surfing is a way of life reflected in the homes of those who live it. Freudenberger moved from New York City to Venice Beach, California in 2012, and became so enamored of this relaxed and easy going lifestyle she traveled to 18 cites in 4 countries to bring us inside the homes of such lifelong surfers and dedicated newcomers as: Blake and Heather Mycoskie of TOMS; hotelier Sean MacPherson and family; Jawbone founder Yves Behar and Sabrina Burell; and longboard pro Kassia Meador.

“Surfing is a natural filter for life’s nonsense”, says Freudenberger, and what these homes have in common is a style that prioritizes “ease over elegance, good vibes over any grand vision.” They are less about impressive architecture and more about cultivating truly authentic spaces that embrace the life spent in between surf sessions.

With vibrant photographs of design details and bright beaches — from Malibu to the Rockaways, from Japan to Australia — this book captures the soulful milieu of a lifestyle we all aspire to, in and out of the water. 

 

Yoga Bodies

 
RUDRA IN SEATED LOCUST POSE

 
The new coffee table book, Yoga Bodies, celebrates 80 yogis of different shapes, sizes, ages, skills and backgrounds — their stories distilled by author, Lauren Lipton, and favorite poses captured by photographer, Jaimie Baird. Yoga Bodies showcases real people and their yoga stories — humorous, heartfelt, and profound – told to entertain as they enlighten.
 

CHAD IN HALF LORD OF THE FISHES VARIATION ~ CLAUDIA IN HAPPY BABY POSE

 

“The last thirty years was the practice of yoga; the last three years has been the application of yoga. Getting my son dressed and out the door in the morning is a daily test of patience and compas­sion and trying to not react in a knee-jerk way. I invite any Buddhist monk who has been studying in a monastery for however many years to take care of a three-year-old for a few days.” -CHAD
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The Sport Pages: Gorgeous Gift Books!

 

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As our final Gift of Sport guide of the season, we give the hot holiday sport themed books of 2016. From yoga to cycling to boxing, skiing, skateboarding and more, these gorgeous photography and illustrated books are the perfect addition to any coffee table.

 

 AMERICAN THOROUGHBRED

By Neil Latham

The monumental size of American Thoroughbred fits the grandeur of the subject matter. A slipcased limited edition, the book holds a collection of large-scale black and white photographs of America’s greatest thoroughbreds and represents a 3-year journey in which Latham fully immersed himself into the sport of horse racing. Convincing the most notable owners and trainers to let him photograph their multimillion-dollar racehorses, the project took him from the racetrack of Saratoga to the horse farms of Kentucky to the ranches of Southern California, where he photographed such thoroughbred legends as A.P. Indy, Curlin, Tapit, Rachel Alexandra, and Zenyatta — as well as American Pharoah, 2015’s heralded Triple Crown winner. Just in time for the holidays, the buyer can receive an 8×10” silver gelatin print, handmade by the artist in his darkroom, by sending proof of purchase to info@neillatham.com.
 

 

THE ULTIMATE SKI BOOK

By Gabriella Le Breton, Foreword by Franz Klammer

The Ultimate Ski Book documents the story of skiing through the centuries, capturing the essence of the world’s most popular winter activity through spellbinding photography and inspiring text. From the first ski superstars and most memorable ski fashions; to the world’s best resorts and most prestigious chalets; to the favorite resorts and steepest runs — The Ultimate Ski Book encapsulates everything skiers love about the sport. Read More

 

Slim Aarons: The Sporting Life

 
American society girl Minnie Cushing carries her surfboard under her arm. Sprouting Rock Beach Club, Newport, Rhode Island, September 1965. All photos by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

 

Now on chic coffee tables everywhere is Slim Aarons:Women, the newest monograph of Slim Aarons photographs. As chronicler of the lives of the rich and aristocratic in the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s, Slim Aarons was unrivaled. His photographs are the embodiment of “the good life”, which of course includes the sporting life. Skiing in Austria, waterskiing in Antibes, surfing in Newport, canoeing in Lake Tahoe, and snorkeling in Bermuda are a few of the “leisure” activities, as Aarons and his subjects would refer to them, featured in the book.

Princess Lucy Ruspoli stands in front of a colourful wall of old skis in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, February 1979. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Princess Lucy Ruspoli stands in front of a colourful wall of old skis in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, February 1979. 

 

Aarons served as a photographer in World War II, and when it was over turned his camera in the opposite direction. According to the author of Slim Aarons:Women, Laura Hawk, who was Aaron’s assistant for over a decade, it was “people seeking pleasure” that inspired him, and he absolutely loved shooting sports. What became his niche of photographing the super wealthy was by accident, but it was there that he found the splendor in these activities and he was always looking for a new sporting angle. Hawk described one of their many trips to St. Moritz, when Aarons had heard about a new sport called “ski joering” at the famed Palace Hotel, where skiers were being across the ice pulled by a horse. He couldn’t wait to photograph it. Recalls Hawk, “Slim ran out into the middle of the track to get it head on. He was like a child about it. He loved the adrenaline rush!”
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The Stylish Life

 

 

Recently published by TeNeues is the fabulously chic book series, THE STYLISH LIFE, with the subject of each volume the lifestyle, fashion, destinations, and iconic athletes of six different sports. Tennis, Golf, Skiing, Equestrian, Yachting, Football (soccer), each book is a photographic compendium featuring a stunning array of images, vintage and contemporary, that highlights what makes each of these sports so uniquely stylish.

 

John F. Kennedy playing with children

THE STYLISH LIFE: GOLF

This bountiful tome features the world’s most fashionable golf destinations, from tropical islands to prestigious country clubs, and takes the reader on a photographic tour of the finest courses and clubhouses. The Stylish Life: Golf delves into the illustrious pedigree of this leisurely sport with its high-profile players, chic and quirky dress code, and highlights why socialites, captains of industry, and celebrities are drawn to this sylvan sport.

John F. Kennedy playing with children © The Stylish Life Golf, published by teNeues, www.teneues.com. Photo © Estate of Stanley Tretick LLC/Corbis

 

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 THE STYLISH LIFE: SKIING

The Stylish Life: Skiing is a nostalgic and glamorous journey through alpine history that features the sport’s pioneers, superstars, celebrities, and the evolution of its resorts, fashion, equipment, and more. It looks at both the technical side and cutting-edge equipment that has evolved skiing into a fiercely competitive and popular sport, as well as the cultural side and jetsetter destinations that have created this distinctively aspirational lifestyle.

L-R: Ski resort of Courchevel, Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France © The Stylish Life – Skiing, published by teNeues, www.teneues.com. Photo © Neil Emmerson/Robert Harding World Imagery/Corbis. Mirja and Gunter Sachs © The Stylish Life Skiing, published by teNeues, www.teneues.com. Photo © Pierre Vauthey/Sygma/Corbis
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Sports Illustrated: The Early Covers

 

AUGUST 16, 1954 (PREMIER ISSUE)/AUG.8, 1955

SI2

 MAY 28, 1973/AUG.23, 1971

SI3

DEC.9, 1968 / AUG.9,1965

I discovered the SI VAULT a few months ago, where the cover of every Sports Illustrated issue ever published is on display. Sports Illustrated was first published in 1959 and founded by Time magazine patriarch Henry Luce. Prior to that there was no general sports magazine with a national following. At the time, many believed sports were not worthy of serious journalism, much less a magazine of their own. Read More

 
 

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