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Caught Inside: A Surfer's Year on the California Coast Paperback – April 10, 1997
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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.
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If you're looking for cover to cover eloquence in prose it isn't here. If you're looking for a pure surf story it isn't here either. I think that what we have in this book is an honest reflection of a year from a guy that's read some books and seen some movies, a guy who can think about masturbating and physics and pop culture and relationships. The book is full of quietly poignant moments about things like tide pools or teenagers staring at a bottle of beer and if that makes Duane a "wanker" like one fellow Amazon reviewer suggested, I think we should all strive to be wankers too.
Anyway, it's been 5 years since I read this book last and yet I find myself thinking about it even now. As one person said to the author about the setting of the sun, it's just not the kind of thing you can look at once and say, "huh, I get it."
This book is everything it should be and more. Duane’s style and delivery has a poetic touch that deviates from the stodgy conventions of other work I’ve read in the memoir genre. Every passage is written with purpose with words that stimulate all of the senses. From the descriptions of the Santa Cruz cliffs overlooking Steamer Lane up toward Natural Bridges, 4 Mile, Scott and Waddell Creek and on up through Davenport and Pescadero, Duane took me on a ride that reminded me of everything I love about that stretch of coast.
The smell and taste of thick salty early morning Pacific fog and the muffled sound emanating from the lip of a thick glassy wave smacking into the flat water came to mind. Reading along in the warmth of my living room, the cold and camaraderie of surfing with friends in a secluded spot, away from the crowd, also conjured emotions of nostalgia. Duane’s relationship with the people in the community of Santa Cruz and those he surfs with ring true and offer insights recognizable by anyone who’s ever surfed California’s Central Coast. Though local surfers probably might not appreciate it, Duane’s story might just be the lure for others to come and experience the region.Read more ›
I was looking for a different type of product completely. What I was looking for was more of a "How to" or a "How I did it", or a "Here's all of the gobs of places I visited." etc.
One SUPER neat thing about this book tho' that I really liked: The history of surfing and account of surfing from way way back in time. This book my be worth it simply for THAT account, cuz that's pretty neat in my opinion.
I would like to thank the author for writing this book.
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When I started reading this book I thought it was a real bore and I almost put it away on my bookshelf, then I thought no, I impulsively purchased the book and I'm going to punish... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jay
A book that finally captures the life of a surfer.... Well written and well readPublished 6 months ago by Keith D. Kall
One of the most honest and illuminating descriptions of surf culture and surf psyche I've come across. Read morePublished 16 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 20 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 20 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