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

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 528 pages
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For twenty years, Miki "Da Cat" Dora was the king of Malibu surfers—a dashing, enigmatic rebel who dominated the waves, ruled his peers' imaginations, and who still inspires the fantasies of wannabes to this day. And yet, Dora railed against surfing's sudden post-Gidget popularity and the overcrowding of his once empty waves, even after this avid sportsman, iconoclast, and scammer of wide repute ran afoul of the law and led the FBI on a remarkable seven-year chase around the globe in 1974. The New York Times named him "the most renegade spirit the sport has yet to produce" and Vanity Fair called him "a dark prince of the beach." To fully capture Dora's never-before-told story, David Rensin spent four years interviewing hundreds of Dora's friends, enemies, family members, lovers, and fellow surfers to uncover the untold truth about surfing's most outrageous practitioner, charismatic antihero, committed loner, and enduring mystery.

 

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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
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
Da Cat in Search of Himself
359
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
Whereabouts Unknown
220
The Legend Lives
433
Truth or Illusion Stories
447
Paddle Out
481
Acknowledgments
499
Photo and Other Credits
507
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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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