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Some history... with a little anthropology and a lot of travelogue

  • Sep 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 surfing on a German canal). If there is one recurring theme throughout though, it's that the single development most responsible for the spread of surfing around the world, it's the invention of the wet suit! The Germans, English and Scandinavians will second that notion, I'm sure.

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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 …
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"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 not really about surfing but about simply being alive. Moore is a modern surf troubadour, singing the adventures of a cast of eccentric pioneers...Moore writes in a spirit far closer to Bruce Chatwin's In Patagonia than to the latest issue of Curve."
-- Andy Martin, author of Stealing the Wave, New York Times Book Review
“A wild, passionate, and thrilling ride; in the company of Pacific princes, beatnik athletes, and outlaw long-boarders, Michael Scott Moore catches surfing’s global wave through a sweeping history of America’s most liberating, taut, and tanned cultural export. Glorious!”
—Rory MacLean, author of Magic Bus: On the Hippie Trail from Istanbul to India
“Warm, smart, funny, and beautifully written. Sweetness and Blood goes off the beaten surf-path to give us a bigger, more interesting surf world.”
—Matt Warshaw, author of The Encyclopedia of Surfing
“Michael Scott Moore has delivered a perfect tale, filled with adventure, insight, and exquisite turns of phrase. For those who think surfing is just some Cali boys running around saying ‘dude,’ he shows that wherever there’s water, from Munich to the Gaza Strip, ...
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ISBN-10: 1605294276
ISBN-13: 978-1605294278
Author: Michael Scott Moore
Genre: Outdoors & Nature, Sports
Publisher: Rodale Books
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