“'For the past forty years or so, ever since my meeting with surfing pioneer Tom Blake, who I believe was the first to coin the phrase ‘The Church of the Open Sky’, I have never hesitated to tell anyone who asks that I am a member,' writes Young in the opening chapter of the book.
'Church of the Open Sky' is Young’s seventh book. With a foreword by Pulitzer-winner William Finnegan, it features well-crafted, highly entertaining stories and anecdotes, including can’t-miss tales about traveling through Afghanistan and Nepal in 1972 with enfant terrible Miki Dora, how low rail, “edge boards” came to be, and how one day at San Onofre in 1983 with Tom Blake got him to reconsider how he perceives surfing.
'I have never thought of surfing as a sport – not a traditional sport, anyway,' writes Nat. 'It’s not something you do casually, like playing a round of golf with your mates on weekends. It’s much more of a drug, a lifestyle, a religion.'" ––Stab
Head over to Stab Magazine for a full history lesson and write up from their talk with (OG) Nat Young.
West Coast Book Tour Dates
November 11 - Vissla store – Huntington Beach
November 12 – California Surf Museum - Oceanside
November 13 - Surfing Heritage Museum – San Clemente
November 14 - Hobie – Laguna Beach
November 15 - Hansens – Encinitas
November 16 - Vissla store – Long Beach
November 17 - Val Surf – LA
November 18 – MadeWest Brewery – Ventura
November 19 - Beach House – Santa Barbara
November 20 - Wavelengths – Morro Bay
November 21 - Pac Wave – Santa Cruz
November 22 - Proof Lab – Mill Valley