8 Rad Action Sports and Adventure Books You Need To Read

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What to read to get you through the season?

While daydreaming on a high-speed train the other day I was suddenly dumped back in the real world as we clunked through a tunnel. I chuckled noticing the lad opposite me loose connection on his smartphone. Quite overzealous frustration at that, as the phone shot out of his hand. He must have been one angry bird. My eyes scanned left to avert his gaze an old friend appeared in view. A book, a real-life book, in the flesh. Not a kindle but something that could be used as kindling. Paper pages with ink. Who even knew they still existed. I assumed they’d just burnt them all in The Day After Tomorrow to stay warm.

Books are pretty nifty even with the plethora of technology and screens in our lives. I thought it about time to bring the humble yet wise book back. Rad Season style. Here’s your ultimate radical adventure books reading list to get you through this season.

1. Dogtown: The Legend of the Z-Boys

This chronicle of how the world was changed by revolutionaries with a passion. The most unlikely source of laid-back surfers and skaters who brought action sports out of the dark ages. The strangely inspiring story takes you through the evolution of skateboarding breaking free from society in the 70’s. California’s surf community of Dogtown shunned the day to day humdrum and keeping the passion alive despite the naysayers.

2. Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain

George Mahood’s British travelling story is filled with laugh out loud outlandish behaviour. George and his friend try to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats, the problem is they start in just their underpants, have no bikes and can’t spend any money. You’ll be inspired to take on your own ridiculous adventure after reading this book.

3. Skiing with Demons: the Morzine Project

Skiing with Demons is another comical easy read, skiers will be chuckling along to this relatable tale. This is not just your average expat story, it’s more a behind the scenes look at living the dream. If you’re thinking of jacking it all in and going to do a ski season, Chris Tomlinson gives you honest account from an ageing ski bum.

4. How Did I Get Here?: The Ascent of an Unlikely CEO

Whether you’re a skateboarder, accountant or waiter, Tony Hawk is an inspirational man. Reading his humble thoughts is an absolute pleasure and we can all learn a lot from his outlook on life. Just a kid who wanted to skate, a boy who skates against all the odd to transcend the sport. He’s one of the most influential sports people ever and now a billion dollar businessman.

5. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck

Time to eat some good goddamn grub. Yeah, plenty of blogs and cookbooks preach about how to eat more kale, why ginger fights inflammation, and how to cook with microgreens and nettles. But they are dull or pretentious as hell -and most people can’t afford the hype. Thug Kitchen lives in the real world.

6. Van Life

Any real adventurer must have thought about just buying a campervan a disappearing into the morning mist. Van Life provides you with the inspiration to at least dream of freedom. VAN LIFE showcases the best crowd-sourced photographs of stunning beaches, misty forests, and rocky mountains.

7. Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere

If you dream of a more permanent escape pod then Cabin Porn has you covered. With stunning photos of idyllic settings, unique architecture and cosy interiors, Cabin Porn is an invitation to slow down. Take a deep breath and enjoy the serene beauty that flourishes when nature meets simple construction.

8.Surf Shack: Laid-Back Living by the Water

Step out of the forest and onto the beach. Surf Shack takes Cabin Porn for a day out in the sun. Peek inside the homes of longtime enthusiasts and dedicated newcomers that reflect not just a sport or passion, but also a way of life. There is so much more to Surf Shack than surfing, it’s a representation of the riches to be found in simple living.

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Eliot Prince

Eliot can’t bare being anywhere else but on the snow when the lifts start whirring every winter, in fact summer is a scary prospect. First taught to ski by a Swiss farmer, he has gone on to work ski seasons in Europe and New Zealand. Despite living in constant winter for a while, making beds, pouring pints and fitting ski boots still meant missing powder days. Now combining industry expertise and journalism training he produces content for ski companies all over the world; never missing the opportunity for fresh tracks. You will always find him in a mountainous area come winter.


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