For everyone that finds Baja hell on earth, someone else considers it the world’s last paradise. For surfers it’s a great place to find lonely and perfect waves. For sinners it’s a good place to become a saint. For saints, it’s a convenient place to become a sinner. While the unlucky can lose their wallets, their health and their sanity in 24 hours or less, the chosen ones part only with things not worth keeping. Baja is a bad place for some, a good place for others and the only place for a young surfer in big trouble. When 15-year old surfer Tommy Stern retaliates against his alcoholic father’s violent attack, he thinks he has killed the man. In response to his crime the boy grabs his surfboard and hitchhikes south, all the way into Baja. Once there a family of commercial fishermen adopts him. He surfs perfect, empty waves while learning the ways of a caring family and the art of fishing. After five years his conscience disturbs him and he smuggles himself back into the U.S. where he expects to face murder charges. What he finds upon his return, however, alters his life forever.
Behold What is Greater Than Thyself **OUT OF STOCK – REPRINT PENDING**
and Other Surf Stories
Author: Chris Ahrens
About the Author
Chris Ahrens has surfed for over 50 years. He worked as the editor of several surf magazines and wrote for every major surfing publication in the U.S. Ahrens once held a world’s record for having the most people to ride one wave and has MC'd numerous events, including two world surfing competitions, the Moores Cancer Center Luau and Longboard Invitational (22 years); and the Switchfoot Bro-Am (10 years). He has been the subject of numerous articles in the SD Reader and other North County Papers. Ahrens "learned to write through desperation" during a time when he was "broke and homeless, living on the beaches of NSW, Australia (1972-1974)" - a time when "fifty bucks from an article could last an entire month." Chris volunteers with AB&C Youth Foundation and likes to teach surfing to high school and middle school students.
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