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About the Author

WILLIAM FINNEGAN is the author of "Cold New World," "A Complicated War," "Dateline Soweto," and "Crossing the Line." He has twice been a National Magazine Award finalist and has won numerous journalism awards, including two Overseas Press Club awards since 2009. A staff writer at "The New Yorker" since 1987, he lives in Manhattan.

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"Kirkus: "
"A fascinating look inside the mind of a man terminally in love with a magnificent obsession. A lyrical and intense memoir."

"Publishers Weekly"(starred review)
Panoramic and fascinating The core of the book is a surfing chronicle, and Finnegan possesses impeccable short-board bona fides A revealing and magisterial account of a beautiful addiction.
Mark Rotella, "Publishers Weekly s Best Summer Books of the Summer: "
Like that powerful, glassy wave, great books on surfing come few and far between. This summer, New Yorker writer Finnegan recalls his teenage years in the California and Hawaii of the 1960s when surfing was an escape for loners and outcasts. A delightful storyteller, Finnegan takes readers on a journey from Hawaii to Australia, Fiji, and South Africa, where finding those waves is as challenging as riding them. "
Kirkus: "
A fascinating look inside the mind of a man terminally in love with a magnificent obsession. A lyrical and intense memoir.
"Library Journal"
An up-close and personal homage to the surfing lifestyle through the author s journey as a lifelong surfer. Finnegan s writing is polished and bold [A] high-caliber memoir. "

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pssibly the best surfing book ever?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent surfing memoir
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4.0 out of 5 stars Too True
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5.0 out of 5 stars You don't need to be a surfer...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read for surfers and non-surfers alike!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read, engrossing
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5.0 out of 5 stars No better book will ever be written on surfing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and fascinating book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, even more so for surfing enthusiasts (I imagine)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Its a great book, with great memories
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent descriptions of surfing and life in general
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. reminded me of why I loved surfing ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love the book. Not too sure about him
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