The first ever Surfing Year Book will make its debut in late February with a complete coverage of the world of surfing in 2007, publisher Surfersvillage revealed this week.

Surfersvillage chief executive Bruce Boal said that support for the Year Book had been phenomenal, with world and national governing bodies now behind the project. “There is a groundswell of support and anticipation for the Year Book," Mr Boal said from SV headquarters in Biarritz, France. “The sport and culture of surfing has really come of age and people want a detailed record of events they can feel and touch."

The stylish coffee table book compendium will feature articles and photos by the world’s leading surf media personalities, including former world champions Peter Townend, Shaun Tomson and Nat Young, and will be edited by veteran surf journalist and author Phil Jarratt. It will also feature results from every recognized surfing contest in the world in 2007, with photos and event reports.

“This book is going to be a first in many ways," said editor Jarratt. “We're putting together a global team of contributors to ensure that we cover the news from the smallest outposts of surfing as well as the meccas. We’re also striving to create a balance between the lifestyle and sport of surfing, with articles covering competitive and non-competitive aspects. It will be a book for everyone who loves surfing."

The Surfing Year Book will be distributed globally and will retail for $US50. Advance discount purchases will be available on-line at www.surfingyearbook.com