Sweetness and Blood : How Surfing Spread from Hawaii and California to the Rest of the World, With Some Unexpected Results (Paperback)

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How did an obscure tribal sport from precolonial Hawaii--one that was nearly eliminated by Christian
missionaries--jump oceans to California and Australia? And how did it become such a worldwide passion, even in places where the surf may be excellent but the society is highly conservative or superstitious about the sea? In this brilliantly written travel adventure, journalist (and surfer) Michael Scott Moore visits unlikely
surfing destinations--Israel and the Gaza Strip, West Africa, Great Britain, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Cuba, and Morocco--to find out. Whether he is connecting eccentric surf legend Doc Paskowitz to the Arab-Israeli conflict, trying to deconstruct the terrorist bombing in a nightclub in Bali, or being chased by the German police while surfing a river break in Berlin, Moore masterfully weaves together politics, culture, history, and surfing to create a book like no other.

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Publisher St Martins Pr
Mfg Part# 9781609611408
SKU 218182566
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1609611403
Release Date 8/13/2012
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.75L x 0.75T
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"Moore and a robust wet suit have boldly gone where only serious and often seriously unhinged dudes have gone before, mapping out a fresh, unexpected cartography of the waves....What he has done, subtly and beguilingly, is write a book about surfing that often is not really about surfing but about simply being alive (and, in some cases, dead)."
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Editors Note How did an obscure tribal sport from precolonial Hawaii—one that was nearly eliminated by Christian|missionaries—jump oceans to California and Australia? And how did it become such a worldwide passion, even in places where the surf may be excellent but the society is highly conservative or superstitious about the sea? In this brilliantly written travel adventure, journalist (and surfer) Michael Scott Moore visits unlikely|surfing destinations—Israel and the Gaza Strip, West Africa, Great Britain, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Cuba, and Morocco—to find out. Whether he is connecting eccentric surf legend Doc Paskowitz to the Arab-Israeli conflict, trying to deconstruct the terrorist bombing in a nightclub in Bali, or being chased by the German police while surfing a river break in Berlin, Moore masterfully weaves together politics, culture, history, and surfing to create a book like no other.

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