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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Book Review: Saltwater Buddah

Last Dec I reviewed a book called "Saltwater Buddah: A surfers quest to find Zen on the sea", which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I've been informed that its now available in stores, with an official release date of May 01st, so heres a heads up- I'd definately recommend getting a copy!

The author has also produced a cool short film to compliment the book and for more info my original review is pasted below:

"Its almost inevitable that living the life of a surfer will lead to a search; whether its a search for the perfect wave or sometimes its a search to validate, understand or explain the act of surfing itself. The latter is the intangible goal which author Jaimal Yogis has, in part, set out to attain in his nonfiction saga, Saltwater Buddha.

Many surfers who write (or even writers who surf!) have tried to capture the feeling of riding a wave in the written word and some have even likened surfing to a religion, but none that I know of have used religon as a metaphor or comparison, to imbibe a sense of meaning into what it feels like to surf a wave or be a surfer. Yogis has done just that by drawing parallels with his journey to surf and travel, with his study of Buddhism and quest for Zen.

Yogis story draws heavily on his buddhist influences which is conveyed in a genuine, self-effacing narrative style which explores a personal voyage of both physical and spiritual discovery. Its an engaging tale of a restless young man looking for direction in life through study, travel and a desire to surf, which sees the author living and surfing in Hawaii, France, Santa Cruz, New York and more.

Saltwater Buddha's Zen/surfing analogy gives a fresh perspective to the joy of riding a wave, set within an intelligent, thought provoking story which expertly captures emotions and situations which all surfers will relate to.

The quality of Yogis writing is up there with, amongst others, Daniel Duane, Allan Weisbecker, Kem Nunn, Tim Winton etc. Surfers and searchers alike will love it. Out in May 2009....reserve a copy!"

1 comment:

Denis Faye said...

That sounds like a great book. I'm absolutely checking it out.

You should check out West of Jesus by Steven Kotler. It's a really interesting take on religion and surfing.

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