“Search for the Perfect Wave" Book Authors to Show and Tell their Misadventures at the Hermosa Beach Historical Society on August 11th

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Book from surfing’s original traveling nomads chronicles decades of surfing tales and travel adventures with stunning photographs.

The Hermosa Beach Historical Society in Hermosa Beach, CA continues with their summer series "Happy Hour with History" on Thursday night August 11th, 2016, from 6-8pm, featuring the newly released photo/journal book, SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT WAVE by Kevin Naughton and Craig Peterson.

The highlight of the evening will be surf stories, a brief slide show and book signings with two of surfing's original dirt-bag travelers, Kevin Naughton and Craig Peterson. Their classic articles of surf-travel-misadventures in the 70's and 80’s for SURFER Magazine inspired a generation to a life on the road of feral travel. Here’s a chance to relive the best of those days with two surfers who helped define that era’s great times and discoveries.

Kevin and Craig share personal accounts of how they got started as teenagers with SURFER Magazine, including their groundbreaking trips in 1973 that put Central America and mainland Mexico on the surf map. Come hear how they stumbled upon the epic big waves in Mexico, how the cover story in SURFER sent shock waves through the surf world, and how the fallout from the articles changed the way surfers look at secret surf spots. These two guys know how to tell a good story and spin a yarn, while keeping it fun and down-to-earth.

They’ll be signing copies of their adventure packed book with over 200 pages and 400 plus photos—many never seen before—that capture a true feel for the road. Don’t miss out on this one-night only adventure!

Thursday, August 11th, 2016 6-8 pm
$10 non-members, free for members. RSVP to hermosabeachmuseumRSVP(at)gmail(dot)com

Hermosa Beach Historical Society
710 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach CA 90254

About the book 'Search For The Perfect Wave'

"If you ever wondered what hardcore surf travel is all about, Search For The Perfect Wave is your ticket to visit the world with a board and backpack under your arm," says the book's author Kevin Naughton

For over ten years, spanning the 70s decade and into the 80s, the global misadventures of Kevin Naughton and Craig Peterson appeared in amusing, you-are-there detail in SURFER Magazine. Their stories—authentic accounts of dirtbag travel with surfboards—inspired a generation of readers to get out there and see the world through a surfer’s eye. Their influence on surf travel has been compared to the landmark film, The Endless Summer. The mishap-filled explorations made the world seem a bit less safe but a lot more fun than most surfers imagined.

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 large format 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.”

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