"Search For The Perfect Wave" Chronicles Decades of Surfing Adventures by Kevin Naughton and Craig Peterson

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Book from surfing’s original traveling nomads hits shelves this fall; offers stunning photography, surfing tales and travel adventures.

“For those of us in our teen years, school was where we were taught things, but the beach was where we learned about life.”

Surfing fans, travel enthusiasts and adventurers alike have a new book to look forward to. “Search for the Perfect Wave: The Surf-Travel-Misadventures of Kevin Naughton and Craig Peterson” will be released in December 2015 by Naughton/Peterson Ventures LLC. Teaser photos and quotes from the book can be seen at http://search-for-the-perfect-wave.com.

Naughton and Peterson gained legendary fame with more than a decade of articles and photography in SURFER magazine in the 1970s and ‘80s detailing their worldwide travel adventures off the beaten track in search of surfing perfection. With more than 400 never-before-seen photos by Peterson from remote locations, and new writing by Naughton to accompany them, “Search for the Perfect Wave” offers in-depth tales of the duo’s experiences, along with maps, archival notes, letters and more. The 224-page book covers the universal theme of exploring the world at large as teenagers, with Naughton and Peterson leaving their suburban home breaks at 16 and 18 on trips progressively farther away from home in their search for the perfect wave.

A quote from the book: “For those of us in our teen years, school was where we were taught things, but the beach was where we learned about life.”

“With the passage of time, the meaning of those trips and their importance in our lives has become very clear,” said Naughton. “The opportunities we had to explore these incredible places, and truly soak it all in -- in today’s constantly-connected world, those types of experiences over that length of time seem almost impossible. We spent 10+ years traveling back roads to find the path less traveled, and it was an incredible gift we feel compelled to share with others.”

While this book, Volume 1, focuses on the pair’s trips in California, Baja, Mexico and Central America, future releases will explore Naughton and Peterson’s experiences in other parts of the world. Volume 2, set to publish in the fall of 2016, will detail their time in West Africa from Morocco to the Congo. Volume 3, slated for 2017, will tackle Ireland, France, Spain, Fiji, South Africa and trips in between.

“I don’t know whether we’ll inspire others to take similar adventures, or just give people a chance to see what we saw, and feel what we experienced,” said Peterson. “Either way, the chance to share our journeys to these special places seems important, and as we look back on an incredible decade in our lives, so much still resonates with us that we want to share with readers.”

“Search for the Perfect Wave” has been many years in the making, showcasing extensive collaboration between Naughton and Peterson as they highlight the very best from their surfing adventures. It will be self-published in Dana Point, Calif., and features layout and design by SDA Creative in Capistrano Beach, Calif. Updates about the book’s graphic development can be found at facebook.com/Search-For-The-Perfect-Wave.

Naughton and Peterson are both Southern California natives. Naughton has published articles in multiple magazines, is the author of the novel “Trout Rising” and has been featured in several surfing documentaries, including “The Far Shore” and “Waveriders.” He lives with his family in Laguna Beach, Calif. Peterson grew up surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif., and was a staff photographer for SURFER magazine at age 16. He and his wife live in Dana Point, where he continues to surf. To this day, the two still travel together in search of waves in foreign lands.

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