The Voodoo Wave: Inside a Season of Triumph and Tumult at Maverick's

Author(s): Mark Kreidler


The Maverick's surf point near Half Moon Bay, California, is one of the most dangerous places in the world to catch a ride on a wave. It is also the site of the ultimate challenge of big wave surfing: the Maverick's Surf Contest. Mark Kreidler takes the reader inside the fifty-foot waves of Maverick's and inside the lives of the competitors who challenge them. He introduces the reader to the man who first dared to ride a wave at Maverick's, Jeff Clark. Kreidler's riveting account of the 2010 season captures the jaw-dropping performance of South Africa's Chris Bertish - who was the best of twenty-four surfers amid the biggest waves many had ever seen - as well as Clark's clashes with the contest's management. A thrilling account of the culture of high-risk, high-adrenaline athletes, The Voodoo Wave is also a story of what happens when love of the endeavour collides with the realities of business in the twenty-first century.


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"...this is a fascinating portrait of the surfers who tackle the extreme challenge of surfing 50-foot waves." The Bookseller "Who knew a book on surfing could be so engrossing?" The Herald

A sports writer and columnist, Mark Kreidler contributes to both and ESPN: The Magazine. He is also the author of Four Days to Glory and Six Good Innings. Author website:

General Fields

  • : 9780393342406
  • : WW Norton & Co
  • : WW Norton & Co
  • : September 2012
  • : 208mm X 137mm X 23mm
  • : United States
  • : September 2012
  • : books

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  • : 797.3209794
  • : 272
  • : 8 pages of photographs
  • : Mark Kreidler
  • : Paperback