“'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
Candid and wryly observed, Church of the Open Sky explores what it means to be a surfer, with a collection of true stories of Nat’s surfing life – and the friends, foes and heroes he’s met along the way.
Join us at one of our stops along the coast to snag a book and hear some of the stories of Nat’s surfing life from the man himself.
West Coast Book Tour Dates
November 11 - Vissla store – Huntington Beach – 4-6 PM
November 12 – California Surf Museum - Oceanside – 6-9 PM
November 13 - Surfing Heritage Museum – San Clemente – 6-9 PM
November 14 - Hobie – Laguna Beach – 5-7 PM
November 15 - Hansens – Encinitas – 4-6 PM
November 17 - Val Surf – LA – 4-6 PM
November 18 – MadeWest Brewery – Ventura – 6-9 PM
November 19 - Beach House – Santa Barbara – 4-6 PM
November 20 - Wavelengths – Morro Bay – 4-6 PM
November 21 - Santa Cruz Board Builders Guild – Santa Cruz – 4-6 PM
November 22 - Proof Lab – Mill Valley – 4-6 PM