Soul Surfer Johnny Rips: Surfing the Edge of Reality . . . In Puerto's Grinding Barrels

Bill Missett

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Synopsis: The first modern books to celebrate the almost unknown ocean sport of big wave bodysurfing, the Soul Surfer Johnny series of true-to-life novels reveal not only the intricacies and dangers of the daring sport, but the multitude of characters and highly skilled watermen who participate in it around the world.

       The final chapter in the series, Soul Surfer Johnny Rips again takes the reader to the scene of one of the world's top bodysurfing beaches, Puerto Tranquilo, Mexico, where Soul Surfer Johnny discovers his true inner self, and the magic of this crazy little seaside town, a beach town almost without peer.

       With it comes a host of unusual characters who annually visit this town, for its wild, unbridled 'live and let-live' attitude, its wonderful weather, the excitement of its huge surf, and its easy-going ambiance. In spite of 30 years of slow growth, it is still a highly desirable destination, for it remains a small Mexican beach town which only came into the 20th Century very late in the game. 

       So remote there wasn't a highway to the town until the mid 1970s, Puerto Tranquilo is still difficult to reach, even by airplane.  So it takes a certain amount of determination to visit it, which tens of thousands of tourists now do every year.
                                                                                        
       Soul Surfer Johnny was one of the lucky ones who discovered this little out-of-the-way paradise long before many others did, and remembers its early wild west childhood as it grew up to become a treasured place to visit, and an even more special place to call home.  He must thank his Tyrony brothers for steering him to Puerto, just a few years after they discovered it in the early 1970s.

       Join him in his adventures, and those of his friends and fellow Tyrony "gang" members, as they reveal the delights and dangers in living in this magical little town so many call "Paradise."

From the Author: When we last left our hero, Soul Surfer Johnny Burke, he and his sweetheart Maya Morelli were flying out of Puerto Tranquilo en route to San Francisco, where Maya worked as an attorney. They had just fallen into stunningly deep "soul mate" love in Puerto, and everything was evolving perfectly for them in dream-like precision.

       The whirlwind events that followed brought them back to Puerto just four years later, this time permanently, in 1992.  In the intervening months, they moved to San Diego, got married in a magical seaside ceremony on a bluff overlooking Cardiff Reef, and made plans almost daily on how to best permanently return to Puerto. Both felt magically attracted to the little Oaxacan coastal town.

       They had considered an alternative - moving to El Salvador, but after a two-week visit in 1991, decided that Puerto would definitely be the better choice, and a much safer one at that.  This decision came after Johnny was mugged by two robbers in broad daylight, while sitting in his rental car on a busy street, in plain view of at least 50 nearby citizens. 

       Johnny was killing time reading a magazine, waiting for Maya's return from a business meeting, when suddenly the driver's side door opened, and a man crawled into the car.  Johnny, sitting in the passenger seat, spun around and hit the man full force in the solar plexus, which sent him reeling back into the busy street. As Johnny leaned over to lock the door, a second man opened the passenger side door, and attempted to steal Johnny's backpack sitting on the floor, but Johnny kicked him in the face, and he also fled.  That incident, along with copious amounts of poop in the surf at La Libertad, killed any ideas about moving to El Salvador.

       Having experienced Puerto, they knew what it lacked, and what items were necessary to bring down to set up a household.  So they made a list of what they needed and wanted, and started filling it daily, preparing for the day they returned to the place they met, the magical little Mexican town we call Puerto Tranquilo.

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