From Publishers Weekly
In a tale set mainly in the Hawaiian Islands, London-born Martin (Walking on Water
) narrates the decade-long conflict between two of the world's best known "big wave" surfers: Ken Bradshaw and Mark Foo. A large, irascible Texan, Bradshaw considered himself lord of Oahu's Waimea Bay in the 1980s and had a habit of biting chunks out of the boards of any surfers who dared to trespass on his domain. While Bradshaw was an old-school purist, the younger, Chinese-American Foo was alive to surfing's commercial potential and had a feel for the spotlight. The rivalry endured through one board-chomping and numerous monster waves. Yet as media attention and technological advances such as Jet Skis raised the stakes in big-wave surfing, the two men developed a grudging respect for one another. Their budding partnership was cut short in 1994, however, when Foo drowned while surfing with Bradshaw at Maverick's, south of San Francisco. A scene insider and surfing journalist, Martin knew both men well and is at his best writing about the lure of the waves. In the end, Martin tells a gripping story of not only the intrapersonal competition between the two men but the real struggle each faced against the ocean. (June)
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A couple of days before Christmas 1994, two of big-wave surfing's biggest names and fiercest competitors, Ken Bradshaw and Mark Foo, met near San Francisco for what would prove to be a turning point for both men. At a new reef, appropriately called Maverick's, they challenged each other, pushing themselves to the limit. Foo, a competitor who never knew when to hold back, drowned that day. It was a tragic end to a flamboyant career. Instead of dwelling on the tragedy, Martin, a longtime surfer, celebrates the lives of both men: Foo, the attention-grabbing, headline-seeking self-promoter, and his rival, Bradshaw, a handful of years older and considered to be a more solid, down-to-earth fellow. Martin traces their surfing careers and shows how these two very different men were joined together by their passion for their sport, how their mutual respect and admiration made them friends, despite their outward rivalry. A story not just about surfing but also about friendship, perseverance, and passion. David PittCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved