Welcome to the Inaugural “World BookSurfing Day”!


What is BookSurfing ?

BookSurfing is a social initiative bringing strangers together through texts. The first surf was held in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 6 2013. Since then, surfs have been held in hundreds of homes, bars, cafes, beaches, parks, libraries, seniors citizens' centers, museums, and hotels in over 15 countries. These improvised and intimate "textual picnics" enable people from diverse ages and social backgrounds to sit together, share insights, and give fresh perspectives. Participants have a chance to listen to and see each other's point of view. The discussion often leads in surprising directions.

Introducing BookSurfing

Why are we launching World BookSurfing Day?

We have grown in volume! There are now BookSurfing centers operating in many countries. We want to invite more people to take part in this social activity and produce surfs, together, as an act of solidarity and curiosity - all on the same day!

Here is a growing list of cities where surfs will be held on 2.6.2018 - The List

(If you want to participate in any of the listed surfs please contact the organizer via Facebook)

You can join in by filling the form - Simple registration form for Surf organizers

For questions regarding the actual process of creating your own surf, please consult the links below and/or contact us at -
 [email protected]
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We hope to hear from you soon!


A surf is an intuitive and easy to produce kind of session intended for small random groups of text lovers. It emphasizes readings by all participants and the inclusion of newcomers and strangers. Here are the guidelines that define it:
1. Every participant will read out loud to the entire group.
2. The participants may use any readable text .
3. The text (or extract) read out loud must not exceed a page and a half (about 450 words).
4. In every session, at least one of the participants must be new to BookSurfing.
5. Among the participants there should always be some people who don't know each other.
6. Every surf must have a moderator.
1. BookSurfs typically last 2-3 hours.
2. The Moderator starts the surf out with the participants introducing themselves, in whatever way they like, to the group.
3. Every participant will take turns reading their text out loud to the group.
4. The moderator will allow time for the group to explore the text through spontaneous discussion before moving onto the next text.
5. Having a short intermission around the halfway point is important.
6. The moderator needs to be the timekeeper to ensure that there is ample time for everyone to present their reading and have time to discuss it.
7. Try to bring together as diverse a group as possible (different ages, genders, socio economic backgrounds, points of origin)
8. Having a “theme” set ahead of time for the readings is optional. It helps in giving a certain shared focus to the readings and the discussion.
- make of preliminary list of people whom you think might want to come
- Use the platform of facebook event/whatsapp group/meetup to invite more people to the surf.
- Decide a final list of 6-9 people from all those interested in participating (it is recommended not to exceed 9 participants)
- Give all participants the address, time, and basic instructions about food and beverages for the session.
- Surf away!
Producing your own surf should be quite easy, but first timers may encounter some technical/logistic obstacles. We have lots of experience and will be happy to hear from you and provide tips/guidance so that your production experience is as smooth as possible. Feel free to contact us at: [email protected]