In 1996, surfer and photojournalist Allan Weisbecker sold his home in Montauk, Long Island, loaded his dog and surfboards into his truck, and set off in search of his lifelong friend Christopher, who had vanished into the wilds of Central America. Evading bandits and chasing countless waves, Weisbecker traveled south through seven countries from Mexico to Costa Rica in a quest to unravel the mystery of Christopher's disappearance.
In Search of Captain Zero is Weisbecker's memoir of his two-year journey: a laugh-out-loud account of territorial local surfgang wars and all-gear, no-skill European dilettantes, of daring sea rescues and hair-raising drug-running misadventures. He weaves incisive descriptions of the people he meets along the way -- such as an American ex-nuclear engineer building a state-of-the-art bordello in the Guatemalan jungle -- with harrowingly funny stories of his former life as an international pot smuggler.
Weisbecker's idealistic odyssey ends in a primeval rainforest with a shocking discovery about Christopher -- and himself. In Search of Captain Zero is at once a boisterous chronicle of twentieth-century piracy and a portrait of a man whose consummate search for the Endless Summer culminates in a crashing confrontation with the emotional commitments he has avoided all his life.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Allan C. Weisbecker is a novelist, screenwriter, lifelong surfer, and award-winning photojournalist whose work appears in Smithsonian, Men's Journal, Popular Photography, American Photo, Sailing, Surfer, Surfing, and The Surfer's Journal. He is the author of Cosmic Banditos, a novel said by reviewers to "out-gonzo Hunter S. Thompson." Weisbecker lives on Long Island, New York.