What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave

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With grit, poetry, and humor, Peter Heller, acclaimed author of The River and The Whale Warriors recounts his remarkable journey of discovery--of surfing, an entirely new challenge; of the ocean's beauty and power; of the strange surf subculture; of love; and, most of all, of how to seek adventure while crafting a meaningful life.

Author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Dog Stars
Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award for Literature

Having resolved to master a big-hollow wave--that is, to go from kook (surfese for beginner) to shredder--in a single year, Heller travels from Southern California down the coast of Mexico in the company of his girlfriend and the eccentric surfers they meet. Exuberant and fearless, Heller explores the technique and science of surfing the secrets of its culture, and the environmental ravages to the stunning coastline he visits.

As Heller plumbs the working of his own heart and finds joy in both love and surfing, he affords readers vivid insight into this fascinating world, with all of its perils and pleasures, its absurdity and wonder. Exhilarating, entertaining, and moving, Kook is a love story between a man and his surfboard, a man and his girlfriend, a not-so-old man and the sea.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2010
Edition: 1st Free Press trade pbk. ed
Description: 326 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780743294201
Branch Call Number: 797.32092 Hel


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May 24, 2012

excellant reading, hard to put down, a real adventure

Nov 15, 2011

This is a wonderful story about a guy in his 40's going through a mid-life crisis. He discovers that surfing is a way of life and not just a sport. Surfers and non-surfers would find this book amusing to read.

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