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Dora Lives: The Authorized Story Of Miki Dora Hardcover – September 15, 2005
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Famed Malibu surfer Dora died in 2002 at age 67, in Montecito, Calif., but his legend lives on. Born in Budapest, Miklos Dora arrived in Los Angeles as an infant, became immersed in California beach culture, served an apprenticeship in surfboard construction and developed a reputation as a prankster. He entered the post-WWII Malibu surfing scene just as the new lightweight balsa boards were introduced and riding a wave became "the center of gravity of his very existence." Dora stood out as a charismatic local, cultivating a graceful, laid-back surfing style that earned him the nickname "Da Cat." After work as a stunt double in Gidget (1959), he acted in TV shows and early 1960s beach party movies. Rejecting competitive surfing (he once mooned the judges mid-wave), he left Malibu to travel the world and had a few run-ins with the law (for passing bad checks and using a stolen credit card). Writer Stecyk and former Surfer and Surfing editor Kampion capture Dora's mystique with fluid, evocative text illustrated with 60 color and 30 b&w photos, some from Dora's own albums. With quiet reverence, they pay tribute to a surfing iconoclast. (Nov.)
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The revviewers I've read haven't a clue about what drove the man, and so many of his contemporaries as myself, to explore so many avenues, sometimes behave badly, but risk life and soul in the process of knowing himself and the world. For a non-surfer who never expeienced the sport and lifestyle in its pre-commercial days is impossible; even the meanings of the language of surfing have changed (I might as well review the lifestyle and times of a rapper about whose culture I know nothing, including the language).
Dora was many people to many people; criticizing his life story is like jousting at rainbows. Surely some reviewers who have no understanding of the man and times have better things to do than criticize the typeface and page size of a book about a man they don't understand or care about?
DORA was unique. Real surfers, enjoy. Highway surfers and literary critics, stay on your beach towels in the tanning salon and read about Trump or Oprah or Dick Cheney ;-)
All you cool regular folks and surfers: Hang Ten!
Rob del Rincon
That is the problem with this (well-written, at least) book on Dora's life. Half, at least, is probably crap....but what crap it is!
I would rather listen/read-about Dora's lies, than have to wade through a lot of pontification by other surf media "journalists" (Rabbit, Hynd, etc.) any day.
In death even, exaggeration can become myth, can become legend, then even truth.