Stealing the Wave (2007) Jon Krakauer's 1995 article on Mark Foo in Outside was the Into Thin Air of surf stories: Foo, a famed big-wave surfer, was killed in… 2007-05-29 Nonfiction Sports Bloomsbury
Book Review

Stealing the Wave (2007)

FOO FIGHTER Martin explores the surfing rivalry that pushed one rider over the edge in Wave
FOO FIGHTER Martin explores the surfing rivalry that pushed one rider over the edge in Wave
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 29, 2007; Writer: Sandy Martin; Genres: Nonfiction, Sports; Publisher: Bloomsbury

Jon Krakauer's 1995 article on Mark Foo in Outside was the Into Thin Air of surf stories: Foo, a famed big-wave surfer, was killed in late 1994 while taking his first runs on the Maverick's break off Northern California's coast. In Stealing the Wave, Andy Martin elevates that tragedy to near mythological proportions, chronicling how Foo's rivalry with fellow boarder Ken Bradshaw pushed him to that fatal brink. In lush, dramatic terms, he recounts what feels like every wave ridden during the duo's two decades of competition on Hawaii's intense North Shore. It's a bit of overkill, certainly, but surf enthusiasts and wannabes alike will probably get sucked in. B+

Originally posted May 22, 2007 Published in issue #936 Jun 01, 2007 Order article reprints