Stock Image

Surfing's Greatest Misadventures: Dropping In on the Unexpected

51 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0976951606 / ISBN 13: 9780976951605
Published by Wilderness Press 2006-02-14, 2006
Used Condition: Fine Soft cover
From Book Outpost (Blawnox, PA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since April 26, 2007

Quantity Available: 4

Buy Used
Price: US$ 7.19 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.25 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

0976951606 Never used! Overstock from publisher with light wear to edges from shelving. Bookseller Inventory # Z0976951606Z1

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Surfing's Greatest Misadventures: Dropping ...

Publisher: Wilderness Press 2006-02-14

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: 1.

About this title


The true stories in this one-of-a-kind collection cross the spectrum from terrifying to comical to downright bizarre. Prepare yourself for the most gripping and unbelievable stories about big waves, shark attacks, tsunamis, boating disasters, devastating wipeouts, pranks, and bad judgment calls. These thirty tales, by surf journalists, filmmakers, magazine editors, watermen, and everyday surfers, illuminate the less enchanting aspects of a life committed to surf.

From the Publisher:

Q & A with Editor Paul Diamond

How did you choose which stories to include?
I placed a call for submissions in surf magazines and on surf websites. I got in about 300 stories and choose about 7 of those stories. Additionally, I contacted about a hundred surf journalists and asked them if they had stories that fit the bill.

How long did it take to compile the stories for this book?
I spent a year and half gathering and editing the stories.

Is there a story that is particularly powerful for you?

The three most moving stories for me are:

  1. "In a Place Called Transkei" by Terry Gibson. In this story Terry attempts to rescue his friend who is being attacked by a large white shark in South Africa--his friend was killed instantly. Terry spends a week helping to repatriate his friend's body, and contracts a case of rabies along the way.

  2. "Heavy Water" by Shawn Alladio is about a professional rescuer who has only one chance to save a big wave surfer from death. The surfer was paralyzed from the neck down after taking a 40-foot fall. Shawn, a 45 year-old mom and a world renowned rescuer, puts her life on the line to make the rescue. This story gets your heart pounding as you read it.

  3. "Lesson Six" by Ran Elfassy chronicles his beginner surf lesson in Sri Lanka in which he and his wife get caught in the Tsunami of 2004. He gets swept out to sea, while she disappears in a raging muddy current draining off the land. The story is heartbreaking.

The stories in this collection go way beyond any rough episodes I have ever had.

What is your greatest fear while you're in the water?
I have little fear of sharks. I should be afraid my own surfboard as I've cracked my head, banged my elbow and broken my toes and my nose on my board. But I am afraid of something else--getting caught in a current sucking out to sea, a really mean rip current, and then not having the strength to paddle back in. This has never happened to me, but in my research for the book I found two surfers (one in Washington State and one in Indonesia) who got taken miles out to sea, ironically the current took both surfers right past rescue boats which didn't spot them. The guy in Washington spent the night in 45 degree water. These two surfers considered their stories too personal to share with the world, so the stories do not appear in the book. Needless to say, their stories spooked me.

Have you had an encounter with Mother Nature or a creature in the water that has made you question what you're putting on the line while seeking a thrill?
I have had an orca surface next to me, a shark ram my thigh, a seal charge me, but I considered all of this to be the fun of the ocean. Also, I've had my share of hold-downs where I come up and the horizon is tilted and I'm seeing stars, but this is the kind of thing that happens when you push your comfort zone. I really don't put too much on the line when I surf and I don't surf the big waves.

What would you say the message of this book is?
I have never liked to sharpen stories to a moral point. The book's message is what you make of it.

You led a surf camp for four years, what is the most important thing you taught your surf campers?
We always go through a full "hazard evaluation" before entering the water. That is, I make them list out all the possible dangers they might encounter and how to avoid those dangers. Sun burn is the most likely danger while surfing.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

We are an independent online bookstore located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We offer a large selection of overstock and remainder titles. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions! Thank you for looking.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

We guarantee the condition of every book as it's described on the Abebooks web sites. If you're dissatisfied with your purchase (Incorrect Book/Not as Described/Damaged) or if the order hasn't arrived, you're eligible for a refund within 30 days of the estimated delivery date. If you've changed your mind about a book that you've ordered, please use the Ask bookseller a question link to contact us and we'll respond within 2 business days.

Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express