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Amazing Surfing Stories : Amazing Stories - Alex Wade

Amazing Surfing Stories

Amazing Stories

By: Alex Wade

Hardcover Published: 28th September 2012
ISBN: 9781119942542
Number Of Pages: 228

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An eclectic mix of exciting stories every surfer will love 

This eclectic mix has something for everyone, from classic tales of monster waves and epic battles to stories of when life among the breakers goes wrong. There are accounts of death and disaster, as well as bravery and triumph. The bizarre and the extreme rub shoulders with perfect breaks and beautiful beaches.

Be thrilled by legendary surfers like Laird Hamilton and Shane Dorian as well as learning about local heroes who never made the headlines. Epic battles among pros like Rob Machado and Kelly Slater are recounted alongside stories of weird waves and secret surf spots. There are fascinating encounters with surfing’s true characters, men like Dave Rastovich and big wave world record holder Garrett McNamara; appearances by deadly sharks; stories of big wave surfing by night; and an account of how Agatha Christie’s famous disappearance for 11 days in December 1926 might just have been because she was on a surf trip.

Travel from giants like California’s Maverick’s and Maui’s Jaws to tales of Dungeons, dolphins and the derring-do of a man like Colonel ‘Mad Jack’ Churchill. Turn the pages to flick between the left and rights of Britain, Europe, USA, Australia and many strange places in between.

Each compelling tale has been chosen to stoke the fire of armchair surfers and hardcore wave-riders alike, and some are illustrated with colour photographs.

About the Author

ALEX WADE is a former white-collar boxer, media lawyer and freelance journalist who lives and surfs in Cornwall. As well as running the Surf Nation blog, he regularly contributes to The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian and other national newspapers. He covers diverse areas as a freelance journalist and has written columns for The Independent on Sunday, timesonline.co.uk and Flush magazine on boxing, legal life and poker.

Alex has travelled the globe extensively. He has written about New York, Albania and Kazakhstan; Barbados, Ireland and Andalucia; Captain Cook country, Mexico and Francis Ford Coppola's retreats in Belize and Guatemala. Despite a restless life he thinks he's found paradise in West Penwith, Cornwall, where he lives with his wife Karen, an accomplished abstract artist, and their two sons.

Industry Reviews

'Expect an exhilarating ride alongside surfing legends.' (Coast, September 2012) 'With tales of monster waves, deadly sharks and perfect breaks, this book alone gets every surfer stoked -- even if there isn't a wave in the sea' (Cornwall Today, December 2012) 'Entertainingly written and painstakingly researched there's something for everyone' (Carve Surfing, February 2013)

Preface xi

Part One Going to Extremes

Child’s Play? Definitely Not 3

Hold Down 7

Surviving the Atom Blaster 12

Oh My God (Take 1) 18

Size Matters 23

Part Two Tragic Tales

In Memory of Andy Irons 31

Veitch: RIP 36

QED 40

The Peterson Problem 44

Part Three When the Big Stuff Bites

A Bite out of Burle 51

People in Car Crashes Don’t Stop Driving 55

Bare Hands and Bombs 59

The White Zone 66

Part Four Gonzo Interlude

Being Dave Rastovich 75

A Thrust Too Far 87

Do You Know Russell Winter? 92

Four Surfers and a Painting 98

Part Five Contests and Communities

Higher than a High Five 105

Black Clouds and Bellyboards 109

Bad Boy Bobby and the New York Quiksilver Pro 114

The Big M 120

Lord Thurso, Cool in Caithness 123

A Debt at Dungeons 126

After Rio Breaks 133

Part Six Worldwide Waves

Seven Ghosts 139

Hokkaido – The Rights of Passage 145

1,300 Miles for a Wave 150

Ed’s Left, aka the Spot with No Name 153

Loco on Lobos 157

The Lady in the Emerald Green Bathing Dress 162

Purring thanks to ‘Da Cat’ 168

Part Seven Obsession

Peg Leg Rik 175

Soldiers Get Stoked 179

The Daily Wavester 182

The Amazing Mr Slater 186

Part Eight Inspiration

Stoked 193

Colonel ‘Mad Jack’ Churchill 195

OMG (Take 2) 199

Dr Sarah and the Meaning of Surfing 204

Acknowledgements 208

ISBN: 9781119942542
ISBN-10: 1119942543
Series: Amazing Stories
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 28th September 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 3

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