All for a Few Perfect Waves: The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora

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Harper Collins, Apr 8, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 475 pages
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There will never be another surfer like Miki "Da Cat" Dora.

All for a Few Perfect Waves is the story of Miki "Da Cat" Dora, the dashing and enigmatic rebel who, for twenty years, was the king of Malibu surfers. He dominated the waves, ruled his peers' imaginations, and—to this day—inspires the fantasies of decades of Dora wannabes who began to swarm his pristine paradise after the movie Gidget helped surfing explode into the mainstream and changed it forever—many say for the worse.

Disenchanted, Dora railed against the ruination; angry that the waves were no longer his own, he fought back—or found better things to do. Dora was also an avid sportsman, raconteur, philosopher, traveler—and scam artist of wide repute. When, in 1973, he finally ran afoul of the law, he soon abandoned America and led the FBI and Interpol on a seven-year chase around the globe. At the same time, he never gave up searching for (and occasionally finding) the empty waves and spirit of the Malibu he'd lost. From homes in New Zealand to South Africa to France, he continued to personify the rebel heart of surfing and has been widely acknowledged as "the most relentlessly committed surfer of all time."

The New York Times named him "the most renegade spirit the sport has yet to produce." Vanity Fair called him "a dark prince of the beach." The Times (London) wrote, "A hero to a generation of beach bums. He was tanned . . . good-looking . . . trouble."

To capture Dora's never-before-told story, David Rensin spent four years interviewing more than three hundred of Dora's friends, enemies, family members, lovers, and peers—none of whom would previously talk in depth about him—to uncover the truth about surfing's most outrageous practitioner, charismatic prince, chief antihero, committed loner, and enduring mystery. The result is a riveting and living portrait of an uncommon character whose unique influence on surfing has never waned, and who became what most can never be: a legend in his own time.

 

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Contents

DoraWorld
1
LONER
3
Same Son of Different Fathers
27
The Vintage Years
58
REBEL
75
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Wave Rider
77
The Angry Young Man of Surfing
106
Throwing a Monkey Wrench into the Works
122
Whereabouts Unknown
220
Honorable Gentleman Guest of the State
251
Sink or Swim
293
Youve Got to Ride the Wave in
331
In Search of Da Cat
347
All for a Few Empty Waves
389
Its a Hell of a Thing
409
Million Waves to Darkness
420

Whats in It for Me?
135
Da Cat
162
The Point of No Return
173
OUTLAW
181
Horseman of the Apocalypse
191
The Legend Lives
433
Paddle Out
447
Acknowledgments
465
Photo and Other Credits
473
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David Rensin worked closely with Louis Zamperini for many years and cowrote Devil at My Heels, as well as fifteen other books, including five New York Times bestsellers.

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