Surf, Sweat & Tears - Andy Martin
Surf, Sweat and Tears is surf noir at its most compelling, a dystopian tale of one man's obsessions, wiped out in a grisly true crime.
Paul, our European editor had a chat with the author Andy Martin, see what he said here:
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“For anyone interested in surf history and culture, who enjoyed movies such as Bustin’ down the door, Dogtown and z-Boys, Heavy Water, Kissed by God this book is an absolute must read.
Andy Martin has bought to light a real modern day horror story, which highlights the dark shadows that lie beneath surf culture. It is a fantastic and rather uncomfortable read. Ultimately it’s a very sad story of a truly unique character with a horribly tragic end.
In telling the story the author covers surf folklore exceptionally, with a nice dogtown era california tie in, narratives from some of the most famous names in the sport with an in-depth coverage of the trials and perils of Hawaii's north shore, both modern day and in the rising professional era.”
In his relentless quest to make it to the top of the pro surf pyramid Ted, otherwise known as Viscount Deerhurst, son of the Earl of Coventry, followed the contest to circuit to its logical end, Hawaii. It was in Honolulu his story took a dark turn. Andy Martin's newest book investigates both the life of an enigmatic British surfer and his unfortunate death. A fascinating delve into a story on the very periphery of surf history.
"Andy Martin, to his credit, knows that surfers are misfits and accidental comics, as well as great athletes." Matt Warshaw
About Andy Martin
A celebrated journalistic and academic, Andy Martin is a regular contributor to BBC Radio and The New York Times amongst other reputable institutions. Being the first ever "surfing correspondent" to a British newspaper, The Times, and later having the first surf column in a major paper at the Independent on Sunday, Andy's place in British surfing's history is assured. He has written several books on a variety of topics, from Brigitte Bardot to astronomy taking in existential philosophers Sartre and Camus along the way. One of his most celebrated works, Stealing The Wave, documents the epic rivalry between big wave pioneers Ken Bradshaw and Mark Foo in the 1980s.