Sweetness and Blood: How Surfing Spread from Hawaii and California to the Rest of the World, with Some Unexpected Results

Sweetness and Blood: How Surfing Spread from Hawaii and California to the Rest of the World, with Some Unexpected Results

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by Michael Scott Moore
     
 

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How did an obscure tribal sport from precolonial Hawaii--one that was nearly eliminated by Christian missionaries--jump oceans to California and Australia? And how did it become such a worldwide passion, even in places where the surf may be excellent but the society is highly conservative or superstitious about the sea?

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How did an obscure tribal sport from precolonial Hawaii--one that was nearly eliminated by Christian missionaries--jump oceans to California and Australia? And how did it become such a worldwide passion, even in places where the surf may be excellent but the society is highly conservative or superstitious about the sea?

In Sweetness and Blood - a brilliantly written travel adventure - journalist (and surfer) Michael Scott Moore visits unlikely surfing destinations--Israel and the Gaza Strip, West Africa, Great Britain, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Cuba, and Morocco--to find out. Whether he is connecting eccentric surf legend Doc Paskowitz to the Arab-Israeli conflict, trying to deconstruct the terrorist bombing in a nightclub in Bali, or being chased by the German police while surfing a river break in Berlin, Moore masterfully weaves together politics, culture, history, and surfing to create a book like no other.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review

Moore and a robust wet suit have boldly gone where only serious and often seriously unhinged dudes have gone before, mapping out a fresh, unexpected cartography of the waves. . . . What he has done, subtly and beguilingly, is write a book about surfing that often is not really about surfing but about simply being alive.
Los Angeles Times

[A] lovely ride, a sweet story told with a lilt.
The Economist

Jolly!
The Washington Post

A lively global jaunt that will offer some surprises even for the heartiest of wave-riding experts.
The Surfer's Journal

[He] burrows into each locale with a keen ear for dialogue and a bullshit detector set to 'stun' . . . The clarity of his prose leaves us hungry for Moore.
author of Say Her Name and The Art of Political Mu Francisco Goldman

Sweetness and Blood is a lively tour de force of travel writing and enterprising research that tells the truly fascinating story of surfing's spread into unlikely corners of the globe. This is like Beach Boys music for the sun-hungry brain, imagination, and soul.
Christopher Schoppa
…a lively global jaunt that will offer some surprises even for the heartiest of wave-riding experts.
—The Washington Post
Matt Warshaw
Warm, smart, funny, and beautifully written. Sweetness and Blood goes off the beaten surf-path to give us a bigger, more interesting surf world.
Andy Martin
Moore and a robust we suit have boldly gone where only seriously unhinged dudes have gone before, mapping out fresh, unexpected cartography of the waves...What he has done, subtly and beguilingly, is write a book about surfing that often is not really about surfing but about simply being alive. Moore is a modern surf troubadour, singing the adventures of a cast of eccentric pioneers...Moore writes in a spirit far closer to Bruce Chatwin's In Patagonia than to the latest issue of Curve.
Rory MacLean
A wild, passionate, and thrilling ride; in the company of Pacific princes, beatnik athletes, and outlaw long-boarders, Michael Scott Moore catches surfing's global wave through a sweeping history of America's most liberating, taut, and tanned cultural export. Glorious!
Deanne Stillman
Michael Scott Moore has delivered a perfect tale, filled with adventure, insight, and exquisite turns of phrase. For those who think surfing is just some Cali boys running around saying 'dude,' he shows that wherever there's water, from Munich to the Gaza Strip, taking a ride on it means freedom—and the siren call is universal.
David Rensin
Sweetness and Blood, Michael Scott Moore's moving personal hejira through wave-riding's undiscovered back country, is a constantly surprising and emotional ride as it proves both surf culture's truly pervasive influence, and how the world of waves—wherever they may be, and whoever rides them—lead to the heart of the world itself
Joy Nicholson
The most fun, riskiest, most joyful, highest form of travelogue lit. Everyone will have their favorite chapter and section. Like Theroux combined with the best part of the best travel story of vintage Granta magazine...love, love, love this book!
Steven Kotler
A wonderful and engaging book, Sweetness and Blood combines folk history, pop art, and great, old-fashioned travel writing into a fun-filled tale of surfing's global conquest. From the shell-shocked beaches of the Gaza Strip to the shell-packed beaches of Bali, Moore has packed enough cool cultural ephemera into this one volume to make this book a must-read for anyone interested the sport.
Francisco Goldman
Sweetness and Blood is a lively tour de force of travel writing and enterprising research that tells the truly fascinating story of surfing's spread into unlikely corners of the globe. This is like Beach Boys music for the sun-hungry brain, imagination, and soul.
Ethan Watters
Sweetness and Blood reveals a great deal about the evolution of surfing but even more about the currents of globalization—which are as complex and as hard to fathom as those of the ocean itself. There is a remarkable character, a surprising bit of history and a fresh insight on every single page of this wonderful book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609611408
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
05/24/2011
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
949,031
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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