A selection of short pieces about things we do in board shorts. 172 pages.
An essay about a nude surfer amid the packed lineup of Malibu. A meditation on the way surfers love hand jive. A conversation with 1976 world champion Peter Townend. A eulogy for Jan Michael-Vincent, aka Matt Johnson. A tribute to black surfers. An excerpt from William Finnegan’s Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. A Q&A with high-trim expert Danica Elbertse.
These are but a few of the pieces you’ll find in "Dazzling Blue," a book of short non-fiction by Jamie Brisick, which includes 58 selections that get at the whole gamut of the surf experience. By turns rich, engaging, thought-provoking, humorous, and just plain weird, "Dazzling Blue" is the sort of book that can be ingested in a single gulp, or spread out over months and taken in bit by juicy bit.
Jamie Brisick’s books include Becoming Westerly: Surf Champion Peter Drouyn’s Transformation into Westerly Windina, We Approach Our Martinis With Such High Expectations, Have Board, Will Travel: The Definitive History of Surf, Skate, and Snow, and The Eighties at Echo Beach. His writing and photographs have appeared in The New Yorker, The Surfer’s Journal, and The New York Times. In 2008, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship.