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

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

Format:  Paperback,

326 pages

Edition: Original

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Jul 2010

ISBN-13: 9780743294201

ISBN-10: 0743294203

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Author of the "New York Times" bestselling novel "The Dog Stars
"Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award for Literature
With grit, poetry, and humor, Peter Heller, acclaimed author of "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.
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.

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Jul 2010
ISBN-13: 9780743294201
ISBN-10: 0743294203
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 326
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.65
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.0 x 8.0 x 0.75

Awards and Recognitions

  • National Outdoor Book Awards, 2010 (United States)

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Author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Dog Stars

Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award for Literature

With grit, poetry, and humor, Peter Heller, acclaimed author of 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.

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.

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