The Voodoo Wave by Mark Kreidler
Inside a Season of Triumph and Tumult at Maverick's

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“A finely crafted tale of the enigmatic world of big-wave surfers.”—Kirkus Reviews

The Maverick’s surf point near Half Moon Bay, California, has long been one of the most dangerous places in the world to catch a ride. It is also the site of the Super Bowl of big-wave surfing: the Maverick’s Surf Contest. Mark Kreidler takes readers inside the waves, inside the lives of the competitors, and introduces them to Jeff Clark, the man who first dared to ride Maverick’s. Kreidler’s riveting account of the 2010 season captures the jaw-dropping performance of South Africa’s Chris Bertish as well as Clark’s clashes with the contest’s newly corporatized management. The Voodoo Wave is a thrilling account of a culture of high-risk, high-adrenaline athletes.

About Mark Kreidler

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Mark Kreidler is a sportswriter and columnist who frequently contributes to and ESPN: The Magazine. He is the author of Four Days to Glory and Six Good Innings and lives in Davis, California.
Published September 6, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 272 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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ESPN: The Magazine sportswriter Kreidler (Six Good Innings: How One Small Town Became a Little League Giant, 2008, etc.) goes inside the sport and business of big-wave surfing, covering the 2010 Maverick’s Surf Contest on the coast of Northern California.

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Sports writer and columnist Kreidler narrates the fraught history of the Maverick's Surf Contest through the 2010 season in this uneven read.

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Maverick's is one of the biggest, nastiest, jaw droppingly huge waves in the Pacific Ocean and as such has become something of a Mecca for the world's top surfers.

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City Book Review

The history of Maverick’s and its evolution into a key destination in big-wave surfing is teased out bit by bit in the midst of the two overarching narratives: the birth and turbulent growth of the Maverick’s Surf Contest;

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