Surf for Your Life

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Candid, self-deprecating, and absolutely unique, professional surfer Mick Fanning reveals his life story while imparting plenty of practical surfing tips
 

Mick Fanning is young, but he's had many experiences that most of us never will. How does it feel to lose a brother? Win a world title? Rip your hamstring muscle clean off the bone? Weave through a zippering Superbank barrel for 20 or 30 seconds or paddle over the ...

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Overview

Candid, self-deprecating, and absolutely unique, professional surfer Mick Fanning reveals his life story while imparting plenty of practical surfing tips
 

Mick Fanning is young, but he's had many experiences that most of us never will. How does it feel to lose a brother? Win a world title? Rip your hamstring muscle clean off the bone? Weave through a zippering Superbank barrel for 20 or 30 seconds or paddle over the ledge at places like Pipeline and Teahupo? Have scoliosis so bad you can't get off the floor? Address the New South Wales state of origin team before a match, bowl to Matty Hayden, and have Dave Warner belt you for consecutive sixes? Mick tells his life story candidly—in turns funny, sensitive, thoughtful, self-deprecating—while providing intimate insights into the personal lessons gained along the way, with practical tips on surfing technique, fitness, nutrition, board design, travel, competitive strategies, and mental clarity. Mick has overcome personal tragedy and career-threatening injury on his way to claiming the 2007 world surfing title. Universally acknowledged as the most focused and driven competitive surfer of his era, his approach to surfing, sports psychology, life, and relationships makes fascinating reading.

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"Tim Baker may well be the most brilliant and incisive surf writer working today, or on any given day for the last 20 years."  —worldprosurfers.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781742750354
  • Publisher: Random House Australia
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 624,998
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Tim Baker has contributed to GQ, Playboy, and Rolling Stone; is the author of Go Surf; and is the coauthor of Bustin' Down the Door, Occy, and Surf for Your Life.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Liz's Story, Part 1 12

Chapter 1 Rolling With the Punches 25

Chapter 2 Growing Up Fast 45

Liz's Story, Part 2 67

How to Surf Better Mick's Tips 72

Chapter 3 Welcome to the World 79

Know Your Surfboard Mick's Tips 96

Darren Handley-The Shaper 106

Chapter 4 The Dream Tour 111

Doug 'Claw' Warbrick-The Sponsor 133

Liz's Story, Part 3 137

A User's Guide to the Dream Tour Mick's Tips 143

Chapter 5 We Can Rebuild Him 157

The Surgeon Dr David Wood 187

The Trainer Jan Carton 191

The Pit Boss Matt Griggs 196

Chapter 6 Ready to Win 201

The Chiropractor Chris Prosser 242

The Coach Phil McNamara 247

Competition: Getting in the Zone Mick's Tips 255

The NRL Coach Matt Elliott 259

Chapter 7 Here and Now 263

The Indigenous Artist Mick Baker 281

Fit to Surf Mick's Tips 285

The Tour Vet Taylor Knox 290

Liz's Story, Part 4 294

The Love Karissa 299

Chapter 8 Giving Back 305

Primrose-The Inspiration 318

Afterword-The Love Game 325

Epilogue-The Right Thing at the Right Time 333

Acknowledgements 352

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