- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: John Murray (24 April 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0719549566
- ISBN-13: 978-0719549564
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 681,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Walking on Water Paperback – 24 Apr 1991
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The weaving of his travel story, the history of surfing and that year's surfing world championship competition make this a truly good winter read when the water is cold and the days are short.
If this appeals, then also recommended is 'Caught on the Inside' by Daniel Duane - another book written by a University researcher taking time off from academia to surf and hang out with surfers, in this case on California's northern coast.
I have just reordered it for a 15 year old surfer - and it has stood the test of time as a well written great read.
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The sequel 'Stealing the Wave', which focuses on a fight, is not as good IMO, and neither of them are - of course - as good as days in person on the North Shore, and the freedom to be there, or wherever you want to be, whenever you want. A little Huna here (apols. I have been learning about Huna for Q some time). It reminds us of the importance of focusing on what you want, define the result you want, then go for it. As long as we are in alignment with God's will (implicit in the title, but not discussed in the book) we will get it. If we do not get what we want, then obviously it is a sign to realign the result you REALLY TRUELY want, not to mention the method. This book is largely Oahu-centred, but Andy Martin does mention Kauai. I am reminded of the recent, tragic, accidental death of Kauai surfer Andy Irons of Hanalei near Princeville, and the 'Circle in the Sea' his friends and the boards made for him to commemmorate his accidental passing.
To sum up, the title of this book illuminates the possibilities of surfing for us in its birthplace, the Hawaiian islands. This book should really be read in conjuction with a true study of Huna, as it was practised in ancient times, to illuminate further. Sadly there are none of those studies now available.
It has a travelogue style, I think it would appeal to readers of Eric Newby or even books like "A year in Provence".
His other book "Coming down the Mountain", takes a similar approach, but to World cup Down Hill skiing. Again a good read, but for me not quite so riveting as this one.
Give it a try.