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This is a re-review
on August 8, 2012
This is a response to the comments on my first review, which led to the ire and chagrin of the author and others who then went on to personally attack me and defended their attack because no-one who lives in Arizona could possibly be able to efffectively comment on a book written about surfing. And, of course, as I have NEVER surfed, that surely disqualifies me to comment. Attacking someone based on where they currently live, without knowing a single thing about the person reflects an immature evaluation of the critic. So let's move on.
Let's remember the premise of the book: to teach NON-SURFERS how to surf. So I'll try it again.
First review: "I enjoyed reading the book, albeit a bit brief, and as a non-surfer looking to get into the sport I was appreciative of his advice, but the book really isn't worth more than the 99 cents I paid for the Kindle version." So, my interpretation of what I wrote (and intended) was that I acknowledged the author's well meaning intent and I gave appreciation to his advice. I never wrote that his advice was unsound in any way.
Second review: The book is written in plain and simple language. After reading the book, as a non-surfer, I think that the premise of the book, that by reading a book you can learn how to surf, is flawed. Certainly you will learn about how to learn to surf, but reading the book in itself fails to teach anything. Reading a book about surfing does not a surfer make.
Certainly, the author is congenial in his simple prose and he recognizes and acknowledges this basic problem. Having offered that, though, I think I could have learned as much in reading a single article about "how to surf" than I got from reading too many pages filled with fluff about surfing politics. I admire the author's knowledge and intent to want to teach we kooks, but until and unless a kook gets in the water, this book fails to teach anything.
In my original comment I suggested that the book wasn't worth more than the 99 cents it was purchased for. I stand by that comment. And, finally, someone commented that my star rating was generous, or somethng like that. Indeed, it was. I put three stars because I believe that the author's intent is to attract kooks to the wonderful sport that it seems. I'll keep the three stars to honor the author's integrity in his purpose.