Sunday, December 10, 2017

Beach Books Warm Your Winter

A Wave of Good Reads

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

On cold, winter days reading a good book by a warm fire can be a stronger pull than the ocean.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel have been doing our research and have just the books for you. From new releases to classic favorites, there's sure to be a surfing or beach-themed book that suits your mood.

Dawn Patrol, by Don Winslow, combines surfing and sleuthing with San Diego private investigator Boone Daniels working against the clock to unravel an insurance scam while still managing to catch some of the biggest waves of the season during a monster swell. 

The Deep, by Peter Benchley, the Jaws author who made everyone afraid to go into the water, is a thriller set in Bermuda. When a young couple on their honeymoon go diving off the nearby reefs, they get more than they bargained for as their quest for sunken treasure puts them in danger. This is a page-turner you won't want to put down. 

Eddie Would Go, by Stuart Coleman, recounts the story of legendary Hawaiian surfer and lifeguard Eddie Aikau, who saved over 500 lives when he patrolled the shores of Oahu's famed (often treacherous) Waimea Bay. Battling 30-ft waves to make his daring rescues, Aikau never hesitated when someone was in danger. 

Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life and Catching the Perfect Wave, by National Geographic adventure writer Peter Heller, tells about his six-month journey of discovery traveling the Cali coast in a vintage VW van learning to surf and meeting an interesting collection of people along the way. 

My Grandma Surfs Better Than You, by surfing champion Kim Hamrock (AKA Danger Woman), tells how she cracked surfing's all-boys club in the 70s to stake her claim in the lineup and grab waves with the best of them. Sharing Hamrock's tricks of the trade, tips on surf etiquette, and personal stories, the book contains artwork, cartoons and photos. 

Proximity, by famed surf photographer Todd Glaser, puts you in the middle of one epic wave after another, alongside world surfing champions Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Stephanie Gilmore, Rob Machado, and more as they travel the globe. Filled with photos and commentary from the Proximity film, it captures the surfing action and turns it into art. 

Sun, Sand, Murder, by John Keyse-Walker, will keep you guessing - not just about who the murderer is, but who the victim is When the body of a marine biologist is found on a beach in the British Virgin Islands – a bullet shot through his head – it turns out there is no record that he ever existed. With little to go on, it's up to detective Teddy Creque to track the killer.

Surfing: Mastering Waves from Basic to Intermediate, by Elliott Almond, is perfect for honing your board skills or giving to someone getting started in the sport. Almond, a sports journalist and life-long surfer, worked the sports beat with SurfWriter Girl Sunny on California State U., Fullerton's Daily Titan. Winner of numerous journalism awards, he covers everything from surf basics to performing bottom turns and cutbacks.

So, pick out a book and warm up your winter – no wetsuit needed! 

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