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“A fascinating, insidery look at what happens when a commercial entity, Mavericks Surf Ventures, attempts to turn a monstrous surf break into a big-bucks brand. . . . Read it now before Curtis Hanson’s Gerald Butler–starring, apostrophe-deleting movie hits theaters next year.” — San Francisco Bay Guardian

About the Author

Mark Kreidler is a sportswriter and columnist who frequently contributes to ESPN.com and ESPN: The Magazine. He is the author of Four Days to Glory and Six Good Innings and lives in Davis, California.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393065359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393065350
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,537,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve of Edmond on September 3, 2011
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I live far, far from any coast, but I felt every ride, the danger, and the thrill of falling 40 vertical feet only to find your board still clinging to your soles and shooting through the tunnel. But much more than that I loved the characters. So few to love, so many to pity, others that just baffled me. Read this if you love the surf, or read it if you love rich and complex characters. I loved this book. This guy can flat write.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thistle on September 28, 2011
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Hard to set it down; a terrific read and masterfully written. Kreidler does a great job of capturing the excitement of the big wave event, the mindset and culture of the big-wave surfer and the motivation and challenges of all those involved in the Maverick's event. The surfers profiled are each fascinating people and Kreidler does a great job at telling their individual stories. You feel like you are there in the water it is so well written and descriptive of the surfing. I recommend this to surfers and non-surfers alike. It is a great story of sport, business and passion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Hatamiya on October 22, 2011
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I've read Mark Kreidler's earlier books and this is the best so far! He has outdone himself. Kreidler is a great writer--he's able to introduce us to the unique culture of world class surfers, make us feel how it must be to surf the Mavericks, and put it all in the context of the related business motives involved. Even if you have no exposure to surfing, you won't be able to put the book down because of the compelling journey of surfer Chris Bertish and Kreidler's masterful writing. He is a great storyteller. I found this true of Kreidler's other books, particularly, " Four Days to Glory: Wrestling with the Soul of the American Heartland." I knew nothing about wrestling, but found the story about the high school wrestlers and their families absolutely engrossing. If you like sports, are fascinated by what it takes to be a top athlete, and enjoy human drama, you'll find this book very entertaining. I'd buy the hard copy even though I have a kindle because the pictures are both amazing and wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Rusher on October 11, 2011
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I was very happy when I got the notice from Amazon that Mark Kreidler's third book was available for pre-order. I thoroughly enjoyed his masterful story telling in his first two books and did not hesitate to order The Voodoo Wave. I am so glad that I did. Once again Kreidler did an excellent good job of taking me to a place that I have never been to meet people that are nothing like anybody I know and making it a thoroughly enjoyable trip. It really made we want to go to the west coast and see the Mavericks surf competition for myself. Plus it's not just a book about surfing as it's also about the relationships, lifestyles, personal challenges and the mixture of business and pleasure. I can't wait for Kreidler's next book!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Mokary on April 1, 2013
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Ate it up !
Very well written. Easy to read, and the characters were well-defined. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kent Pulliam on February 18, 2013
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I have read most of the books written about Mavericks. This had new (to me) information that I had not heard about before. Mark does a nice job of making it personal by looking at it through the eyes of an individual surfer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spectaculargus on October 24, 2011
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We love this competition and live in the SF Bay Area. What a thrill to read about last years events, and the history leading up to that epic day. Well written and insightful, the author has a talent for relaying sports specific details that are universal for surfers and non surfers alike.
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