Zero Break: An Illustrated Collection of Surf Writing, 1777-2004

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Matt Warshaw
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004 - Reference - 360 pages
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The author of The Encyclopedia of Surfing returns with this definitive anthology of the best-ever writing about surfing, illustrated with classic and cutting-edge photographs and artwork. Hip and eclectic, the collection speaks to surfing's widespread and longstanding appeal: from Mark Twain's nineteenth-century description in Roughing It to Susan Orlean's essay on girl surfers in Maui and Tom Wolfe's "The Pump House Gang."
This anthology covers it all-from early surfing literature to descriptions of the sport's most colorful characters, from hair-raising tales of big-wave surfing to an exploration of surf culture.

Includes contributions by:
R. Crumb, Daniel Duane, William Finnegan, Rick Griffin, Frederick Kohner, Jack London, Herman Melville, Susan Orlean, Charles Schulz, Mark Twain, and Tom Wolfe

 

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SURF LITERATURE

Contents

SURFING INTRODUCED i
1
Lord Byron excerpt from Childe Harold
20
SURFING CHARACTERS
47
John Milius excerpt from Apocalypse Now Screenplay
70
Allan Weisbecker Jocks Night Trip
87
James Houston excerpt from A Native Son of the Golden West
115
Matt Warshaw excerpt from Mavericks
134
SURF CULTURE
155
The Trade Winds New Yorks a Lonely Town
221
Derek Rielly Surfers of Fortune
235
R Crumb Salty Dog Sam Goes Surfin
266
Patrick Morgan excerpt from Hang Dead Hawaiian Style
284
Joy Nicholson excerpt from The Tribes ofPalos Verdes
299
Anonymous Haole Go Home
312
Daniel Duane excerpt from Caught Inside
328
Thomas Farber excerpts from On Water
343

Tom Wolfe excerpt from The Pump House Gang
167
Charles Schulz Peanuts
182
Charlie Rubin Surf Dudes of Beach 89
206
Permissions Acknowledgments
357
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Matt Warshaw is the former editor of Surfer magazine and has been writing about surfing for more than twenty years. A surfer all his life, he competed professionally in the early eighties. Warshaw's articles have been published in the New York Times Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, and he is the author of several books on surfing. He lives in San Francisco.

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