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With grit, poetry, and humor, Peter Heller, acclaimed author of The Whale Warriors, recounts his remarkable journey of discovery—of surfing, an entirely new challenge; of the ocean's beauty and power; of the strange surf subculture; of love; and, most of all, of how to seek adventure while crafting a meaningful life.

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With grit, poetry, and humor, Peter Heller, acclaimed author of The Whale Warriors, recounts his remarkable journey of discovery—of surfing, an entirely new challenge; of the ocean's beauty and power; of the strange surf subculture; of love; and, most of all, of how to seek adventure while crafting a meaningful life.

Having resolved to master a big-hollow wave—that is, to go from kook (surfese for beginner) to shredder—in a single year, Heller travels from Southern California down the coast of Mexico in the company of his girlfriend and the eccentric surfers they meet. Exuberant and fearless, Heller explores the technique and science of surfing the secrets of its culture, and the environmental ravages to the stunning coastline he visits.

As Heller plumbs the working of his own heart and finds joy in both love and surfing, he affords listeners vivid insight into this fascinating world, with all of its perils and pleasures, its absurdity and wonder. Exhilarating, entertaining, and moving, Kook is a love story between a man and his surfboard, a man and his girlfriend, a not-so-old man and the sea.

"Heller has learned that surfing is not simply about staying up on your board; it’s about love: of a woman, of living, of the sea." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"A glib, charming take on a popular watersport." ---Kirkus

"[Kook] explores Heller's journey while also delving into the history of surfing, environmental issues, the nature of obsession, and finding meaning in life." ---AudioFile
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Kook

What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave

Author Peter Heller

Narrated by Mike Chamberlain

Publication date Mar 15, 2016

Running time 10 hrs 11 min

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