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    Great Surfing Books

    In need of a good book right now......please post suggestions

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    "All For a Few Perfect Waves" by David Rensin

    Biography of Miki Dora. A little different in that the writer guides you through Dora's life but doesn't really "tell" the story himself. Instead, he interviewed hundreds of people, and let their own words speak for themselves. So you have people who worshiped Dora, people who hated him, people he cheated, people he was kind to, etc.

    From all these different perspectives you get to draw you own conclusions on who Dora was and what he meant to surfing. And you get to learn a lot about surfing history and its roots at the same time.

    I'm not a Dora fan, but I though it was great book. The writer did a great job piecing the various interviews together to create the book's "story." Not an easy thing to do.

    http://www.amazon.com/All-Few-Perfec...0822072&sr=8-3

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    Thanks guys!

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    Great Sufing Books..

    In Search of Captain Zero: Weisbecker
    On A Wave: Thad Ziolkowski
    Breath: Tim Winton
    West of Jesus: Surfing, Science & the origins of Belief: Steven Kotler

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    I can definately 2nd "All for a Few Perfect Waves". Very interesting read. It's almost a history of surfing in and of itself.

    "Surf is Where You Find It" - Gerry Lopez Flows very well. Good collection of stories from his life, most told with a good amount of detail that will have you holding your breath as he tells his tales of being caught on the inside.

    DO NOT READ, I REPEAT, DO NOT READ: "Pipe Dreams" Kelly Slater's biography. Got nothing against the guy at all and I dont' want to get into any sort of Slater debate, but the book is terribly written. Imagine if the bros you handg out with after a rad session had a few beers, just enough to get a slight buzz, and told you the story of their life. I'd imagine they'd leave out a lot of detail and jump all over the place. That's what this book is. I kinda hope someone does one on him in the vein of "all for a few perfect waves". That'd be a lot more interesting.

    "under the banner of heaven" - great book on mormon fundamentalism if you're into creeping yourself out and want to get as far away from utah as possible

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retzlaff44 View Post
    "All For a Few Perfect Waves" by David Rensin

    Biography of Miki Dora. A little different in that the writer guides you through Dora's life but doesn't really "tell" the story himself. Instead, he interviewed hundreds of people, and let their own words speak for themselves. So you have people who worshiped Dora, people who hated him, people he cheated, people he was kind to, etc.

    From all these different perspectives you get to draw you own conclusions on who Dora was and what he meant to surfing. And you get to learn a lot about surfing history and its roots at the same time.

    I'm not a Dora fan, but I though it was great book. The writer did a great job piecing the various interviews together to create the book's "story." Not an easy thing to do.

    http://www.amazon.com/All-Few-Perfec...0822072&sr=8-3
    That was a sick book. The moose recommends reading this asap!!!

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    'Good Things Love Water' by Chris Ahrens is a great collections of surfng stories.

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    One more...

    Crazy for the Storm: Norman Ollestad...wild, true account of a kid growing up with his adreneline-junkie father.

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    "In search of captain zero" is one of my favorites. Story of an east coast surfer that travels from california to costa rica by car.

    "West of Jesus" is more scientific, it kind of tries to explain what makes surfing so much fun/addictive.

    both good but different styles.