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Friday, October 26, 2012

Book Review - Making Mavericks by Frosty Hesson with Ian Spiegelman

I'm so excited to introduce to you a fascinating book from a great new book publisher!

"Making Mavericks" by Frosty Hesson is a new release from Zola Books, a company that is specializing in offering great e-books as well as being a new social media site for people who love good books! 

About The Book:

West Coast surfing legend Frosty Hesson shares his remarkable life story, the story of his extraordinary friendship with wunderkind Jay Moriarty, and his advice on how to be the best.

When Richard “Frosty” Hesson was first approached by a young Jay Moriarty in 1990, the skinny kid with a sparkle in his eye only wanted one thing from the icon: his help in becoming a better surfer. Hesson, one of the first to conquer the huge waves off northern California known as Mavericks, recognized that the kid “had a vision.” Jay quickly demonstrated a resolve that reminded Frosty of his younger self, pursuing his goal with a seriousness far beyond his years. His attitude and work ethic earned Frosty’s respect and, eventually, his friendship. Making Mavericks is the inspiring story of their father-son bond and of the challenges that made each of them who they were—surf legends, and the subject of the upcoming film "Chasing Mavericks".

Special Note:  The film, "Chasing Mavericks," opens in theaters today!!

In Making Mavericks, Frosty talks about his turbulent youth spent under difficult circumstances, with parents who tried to find a positive way to handle a child with a passion for water and a disregard for his own safety. Throughout his life he developed principles to live by, principles that would become the core tenets of his teaching philosophy. Most significantly, Frosty talks about how one of his best students, Jay Moriarty, used his philosophy to become a surfing phenomenon, and whose life inspired the phrase, “Live like Jay.”

Affecting and poignant, Making Mavericks is a celebration of Hesson’s determination to live with joy and purpose, and his desire to help others do the same.

"Making Mavericks" is one of the most fascinating sport-related books that I've ever had the pleasure of reading. 

 Frosty Hesson and Ian Spiegeleman take the reader on a wild adventure ride into the heart and soul of surfing with this story of a man who discovered his strengths among the waves, and passes along his wisdom and philosophies to a young surfer, Jay Moriarty, who goes on to become one of the top surfers in the world.

Written in a highly personable manner, you can almost feel the adrenaline rush of hitting the waves, and the spray of the sea as you go along on the journey Hesson takes. 

This is an amazing story that sport-fans, and people who enjoy motivational stories will enjoy immensely. I highly recommend it!

You can read an excerpt of "Making Mavericks" at www.zolabooks.com

About The Authors:

Richard “Frosty” Hesson has been surfing the northern California waters since 1963 and was among the elite group of surfers who first began riding the colossal waves at Mavericks in the 1980s. He has trained hundreds of young people in the art of surfing. Among his students was Jay Moriarity, a soul surfer, a true champion, and one of the greatest ambassadors to the sport and lifestyle of surfing. Frosty continues to surf and follow his quest to help people achieve and accomplish their goals. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Ian Spiegelman has worked as a reporter for New York magazine and the New York Post, and was a contributing editor for Details magazine. He is the author of the novels Everyone's Burning and Welcome to Yesterday, and the co-author of How to Rig an Election, with Allen Raymond. He lives in Hollywood, Florida.

About Zola Books:

Zola is not just another eBook retailer but a fun, beautiful way to buy eBooks and connect with the book community.

Zola will offer exclusive eBooks from top-selling authors plus a complete list from the major publishers.

Zola will help readers find their next book in three ways: from professional reviewers and curators, from trusted friends, and from a unique recommendation engine that combines algorithmic elements from collaborative filtering (crowdsourcing) and expert analysis (similar to semantic labeling). No existing retailer combines all these avenues of recommendation to provide the best answer to readers’ biggest question: what should I read next?

Unlike other eBook retailers, the Zola Reader applet will let people enjoy the eBooks they purchase on all web-enabled devices — including Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, Nexus and Kobo. The reader also will let people share favorite passages from inside books with friends across devices with Shimmer Technology™.

Readers can connect directly with authors by following their social media streams and signing up for alerts when the author is reading at a local bookstore or on the radio. They can follow their favorite independent bookstores and see what books their Zola friends are reading and what they’re saying about them. Zola’s editorial team will keep readers up to date by providing original news and interviews as well as reviews from well-known writers.

Check them out at www.zolabooks.com

My thanks to Zola Books for providing a review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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