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Tossing aside a mundane and meaningless job, Daniel Duane went to Santa Cruz, California, to surf for year. The book he wrote about it, Caught Inside is something of a Walden of our times. It's wonderfully written, weaving wave wisdom with literary and historical references. And it's not for surfers only: even readers who have never seen the surf will find themselves taken up in the book's rhythms.
Duane sought the peace that surfing offers, and his impressions of surfing characters, sea life (otters, seals, and the great white shark everyone fears is right under you as you paddle your board), and the seasons by the sea are evocative and soothing to read.
Surfing enthusiast Duane quit his unfulfilling retail job in Berkeley, Calif., and moved to Santa Cruz, where he spent the better part of a recent year riding waves, exploring the coastline, researching the history of surfing and befriending and philosophizing with various locals who have arranged their lives around the quest for the perfect wave. The results of these pursuits are recorded here in quietly meditative prose that simultaneously deglamorizes the sport and seeks to imbue it with a kind of metaphysical profundity. Dedicated surfers, Duane discovers, tend to feel a measure of guilt about their willingness to give their favorite pastime precedence over career ambitions and family responsibilities. At the same time, surfing yields unique and valuable opportunities for appreciation of and communication with nature. Duane is clearly anxious to justify an ostensibly hedonistic lifestyle, and his arguments on its behalf are not always convincing, but the deftly rendered observations and epiphanies make his own experience seem decidedly worthwhile.
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One of the most honest and illuminating descriptions of surf culture and surf psyche I've come across. Read morePublished 6 months ago by G Raf
Caught Inside by Daniel Duane
A Surfer spends a year In Santa Cruz, CA coast surfing. Local wildlife and how surfing works, water dynamics and the board itself. Read more
A few good lines but mostly feels like the author tried too hard. Perhaps im not sophisticated enough reader but this book felt like work. Read morePublished 10 months ago by OH
good story but it seems author spends too much time trying to prove he is "well read" rather than putting more depth into the "adventures".Published 11 months ago by V. Macetti
I thought this book would be fun to read because it's about where I go to catch waves. However he made something really amazing and exciting extremely boring. Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by M. Habel
If you know somebody who does not understand surfers .... Get them this book. Reading this book was like reliving my youth.Published on August 18, 2013 by William B. Hopping
I picked up this book as part of a plan to visit the coast of California. I got what I wanted, but I also got something more. Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by fliropp
I started reading this and at first it seemed like the author could write. But then he piled on cliche after cliche, and seemed to have a compulsion to over-describe everything,... Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by Mags