Hound of the Sea

Wild Man. Wild Waves. Wild Wisdom.
Narrated by: Rudy Sanda
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
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Big-wave surfer Garrett McNamara set the world record for the sport, surfing a 78-foot wave in Nazare, Portugal, in 2011, a record he smashed two years later at the same break. Propelled by the challenge and promise of bigger, more difficult waves, this adrenaline-fueled loner and polarizing figure travels the globe to ride the most dangerous swells the oceans have to offer, from calving glaciers to hurricane swells.

But what motivates McNamara to go to such extremes - to risk everything for one thrilling ride? Is riding giant waves the ultimate exercise in control or surrender?

Personal and emotional, this book will help listeners know McNamara as never before, seeing for the first time the personal alongside the professional in an exciting, intimate look at what drives this inventive, iconoclastic man. Surfing awesome giants isn't just thrill seeking, he explains - it's about vanquishing fears and defeating obstacles past and present. Surfers and nonsurfers alike will embrace McNamara's story, as they have William Finnegan's Barbarian Days, and its intimate look at the enigmatic pursuit of riding waves big and small.

©2016 Garrett McNamara (P)2016 Tantor

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  • 10-02-19

Great story; excellent narration

I was told about this book from a girlfriend I surf with. I'm really glad she told me about it because I found it very enjoyable and great storytelling about an upbringing, striving, surfing, and just general life as someone seeking their purpose.

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Loved it!

Much more than. “Surf book”. A warm and funny biography of an interesting guy. Highly recommend!

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Awesome Story and Narration.

Best surf biography I've read since Barbarian Days! The acute description of Garrett's childhood and north shore experience is riveting. Couldn't put it down.

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Who knew McNamara could write!

This guy shreds giant waves! All I wanted to do was surf after reading this and find bigger and better waves. Big wave surfing is crazy and this book lets you in the mind of one of the greatest.