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The Lost Coast

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Surfers read the patterns of the sea like others read a book. For them, the organization of swells and currents and the curling folds of the waves are elements of a natural language, as coherent in structure and meaning as any taught in school.

Each of the eighteen stories in this collection is a raw glimpse of surf life-from sliding into cold, stiff neoprene to experiencing the ecstasy of the Pure Art of Surfing. Most previously published in magazines over the past thirty-five ...

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Overview

Surfers read the patterns of the sea like others read a book. For them, the organization of swells and currents and the curling folds of the waves are elements of a natural language, as coherent in structure and meaning as any taught in school.

Each of the eighteen stories in this collection is a raw glimpse of surf life-from sliding into cold, stiff neoprene to experiencing the ecstasy of the Pure Art of Surfing. Most previously published in magazines over the past thirty-five years, the stories in this collection capture the movement, mythology, fantasy, and philosophy of surf life and culture on the sweet and ragged wild edge of beauty.

"My arms and shoulders were on fire, and I was feeling lightheaded and numb. Every time I broke over a wave, there was another one outside. I was way past my second wind and my third, but I kept paddling, mechanically, flat on my board under the glare of the sun, white spots now sparking into my vision, breathing rapid and hollow, and still the waves kept coming, and the sounds of their cracking and curling overlaid the steady rumble behind me and-every once in a while, woven into the work of the sea-there was a shard of conversation . . . voices drifting through it all, coming from somewhere out in the kelp, like the music of my delirium . . . voices like spirits standing at the gates, the words fragmented, indecipherable, but forming in my hallucinating consciousness a recurring phrase: "TRESPASSERS WILL BE EATEN!'"

- The Lost Coast: Stories from the Surf

The Lost Coast: Stories from the Surf is a collection of eighteen stories that offer a rare and raw glimpse into surf life-from sliding into cold, stiff neoprene at 4 AM to experiencing the ecstasy of a curling cresting wall of water.

With pacing that ranges from a swift smooth paddle to a gnarly ride, these stories-most of which have been published over the past thirty years-capture the spirit that gave rise to a culture of surf on the "sweet and ragged wild edge of beauty."

"Drew Kampion is the only American surf writer who kept my interest during the period when I was World Champion-what everyone else was saying made me just want to look at the pictures. Drew's writing has always been an excellent barometer on the state of our tribe."

- Nat Young, 1966 World Champion and four-time longboard champ

Drew Kampion is a former editor of Surfer, Surfing, Wind Surf, and Wind Tracks magazines. He founded, edited, and published the award-winning Island Independent, and is the author of the best-selling titles Book of Waves and Stoked! A History of Surf Culture. Drew continues to write for magazines dedicated to the surfing life, as well as others. He is married with two children and lives on an island in Washington State.

Jeff Petersen was raised and resides in northern California. He is an artist with an incredible amount of respect and love for the ocean and art; he feels lucky to combine these two interests in his work on The Lost Coast: Stories from the Surf. This is his first book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423603856
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 12/3/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,386,149
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Drew Kampion is the former editor of Surfer, Surfing, Wind Surf, and Wind Tracks magazines. He founded, edited, and published the award-winning Island Independent, and is the author of the best-selling titles Stoked! A History of Surf Culture and Lost Coast: Stories from the Surf. Drew continues to write for magazines dedicated to the surfing life, as well as others. He lives in Washington. He lives in Washington state

Jeff Petersen was born and raised in northern California and studied art at San Francisco State University. His paintings and drawings have appeared in magazines, books, and on skateboards, t-shirts. He lives in California.

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"Killer whale," I told myself, knowing already it couldn't be true. The bite of the largest orca might be at most six feet across. Then maybe this was several bites, I thought, knowing this too was impossible, since a wider, concentric grasping bite had left hundreds of triangular-shaped wounds in the thick skin surrounding the eviscerating bite. In fact, I knew of nothing ever seen or heard that could take a bite of this size, unless it was some new order of oceanic monster, like a hundred-foot-long shark.

Still, I was tempted.

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Table of Contents

Contents

1. Long Day

2. Mexico

3. To Experience Surfing

4. When Nothing Else Matters

5. The First Dream

6. The Kook

7. The Life and Times of a Last-Ditch Yogi

8. A Wave in Search of the Perfect Surfer

9. The Mythology of Surfing

10. Heart of Stone

11. The Island

12. Beyond the Green Diamonds

13. Douglas LaMancha and the Razor Bay Rippers

14. Snaking Steve

15. Sixty6

16. The Lost Coast

17. Kaena Point

18. Peace and War

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