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Sweetness and Blood: How Surfing Spread from Hawaii and California to the Rest of the World, with Some Unexpected Results

2 Ratings: 2.0
A book by Michael Scott Moore

"Moore and a robust we suit have boldly gone where only seriously unhinged dudes have gone before, mapping out fresh, unexpected cartography of the waves...What he has done, subtly and beguilingly, is write a book about surfing that often is … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Sports Books, Surfing, Travel Writing, Surfing History
Author: Michael Scott Moore
Genre: Outdoors & Nature, Sports
Publisher: Rodale Books
2 reviews about Sweetness and Blood: How Surfing Spread...
review by . April 12, 2010
Moore goes around the world to trace the history of surfing's athletic, economic, and cultural spread to places not normally associated with surfing culture. After a brief review of the accepted history (Hawaii to California to Australia and the other usual surfing hotspots) Moore takes off for-- Germany . . . the Gaza Strip . . . Morocco.    Yes, Germany is [mostly--see my mea culpa in the comment below] landlocked, and yes, there is a small "surfing culture" on the canals and …
review by . September 14, 2010
To be honest, I think that the appeal of Sweetness and Blood is limited to those serious or semi-serious surfers. It's a great read if you're familiar with surfing people and their environs, but at times it seems to develop a little bit of "been there... saw that... got the t-shirt" feeling.    For me, the "how" is too often cloaked in mystery and legend. There is some history, but the true interest in this is the way that surfers adapt to local cultures and lifestyles (like …
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