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Wave Chasers: Searching for surf on Lake Michigan Paperback – April 14, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475036442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475036442
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,869,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jack Nordgren lives in Bridgman MI. He is married to his best friend Maree for 43 years. He and his wife have 3 sons. They are all married and serving as pastors in Athemn AZ. & Honolulu HI. They all love to surf together whenever they can. Jack gave God his surfboard and God sent him and his family to Hawaii for 27 years, there they planted Hope Chapel in Waikiki, where surfing was a big part of the ministry. In 2007 he and his wife moved to Michigan where they planted South Shore Fellowship. Jack has three other publications, “A Lake Surfer’s Journey” available at www.createspace.com/3343542, “S.U.R. F. Journal”-available at www.createspace.com/3441835, and "Wave Chasers 2" available at www.createspace.com/3886168

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A beautiful book.
Buzz
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book on the beach this summer and highly recommend this book to anyone that loves lake surfing!
Karen Plath
Jack has done an excellent job compiling images that capture the essence of surfing on Lake Michigan.
Great Lake surfer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Riverwalk on June 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Wave Chasers is a fascinating compilation of the marvelous work of dedicated Lake Michigan surfers/photographers over the years. Jack Nordgren has done an excellent job of capturing the unique Lakesurf vibe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Taylor Davis on August 20, 2012
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I'm happy to say that I bought the first copy of this book ever! It was well worth it. The pictures are sooo incredible. It is amazing to think that all these shots were taken on a LAKE!! The waves curl so nicely and there is always a fresh variety in all the locations that were displayed and all the different surfers.

Truely an amazing compilation of photography and memories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Buzz on August 18, 2012
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The author is an example to us all in staying active and engaged as we age. The photograrphy in the book is a combination of the present and a trip back through the decades to the sixties.
The narative reflects the personality of a man who will surf in ice water, for the love of his sport and those who pursue it.
A beautiful book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Plath on August 15, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book on the beach this summer and highly recommend this book to anyone that loves lake surfing! I've shared it with family and friends and we all agree that Wave Chasers is a MUST HAVE book! This is a beautiful compilation of Great Lakes surfing photos that gives you a peek inside the inspiration and dedication of Great Lakes surfers! The true beauty of lake surfing is brought to life in the pages of Jack Nordgren's book. Gorgeous photography! 5 Stars All The Way!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By South End Kevin on June 18, 2012
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This book is full of the best photos ever published of great lake surfing! It gives you a glimpse into the lifestyle of some ofthe most stoked surfers in the world. These guy are extremely dedicated and very diverse. I totally enjoyed this book while I sat on my lanai at dawn with a dark cup of coffee! ;)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Gregory on June 7, 2012
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Wave Chasers is a splashy pictoral journey of Surfing the Great Lakes. Awesome photos with captions telling the story of individual surfers battling cold water in search of ridable waves in the midwest. LOVE IT!
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More About the Author

Jack was born and raised on the South side of Chicago. At the ripe young age of 15 he absolutely fell, head over heels, in love with surfing. His friends asked him to try out their boards while on summer vacation in Michigan. He then became as he terms it, a surf-a-holic. He ate, breathed, and lived surfiing.

After high school, to avoid the draft, he joined the Navy. There he spent almost 2 years aboard a nuclear submarine. During that time he married his high school sweetheart but also began to experiment with drugs. Through a series of heart-wrenching events he came to the end of his perverbial rope. He then began reading the Bible. God revealed Himself to Jack and he asked Jesus to take over his whole life. His whole included everything... except his surfboard.

The day came when he even gave that to God. Then God really messed him up. He led Jack and his family to a ministry in Waikiki Beach.

In 1984, a small Bible study of ex-drug dealers and users, under Jack's leadership became Hope Chapel South Shore. After 22 years of pastoring and surfing in Waikiki Beach, the Lord led Him and his wife back to Michigan to plant another church on a different beach.

This beach is called WEKO Beach. Its in Bridgman MI on the shores of Lake Michigan. He is now 60 years old and he says he hasn't surfed for a long time. Its been two days now and he can't wait to get out again. Jack and his wife Maree have 3 sons. Two of them are Pastors and the other is a Youth director.

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