The Surfer

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Walter’s life falls apart when his family dies in a plane crash. He becomes fixated with surfing, and flies to Hawaii in a last ditch effort to overcome despair about life and death. His surfing leads to a near death experience. A vacationing couple then befriends him and takes him on an unexpected adventure. The Surfer explores the cruelty and beauty of nature, and of life itself. More

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Words: 7,200
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458115560
About Robb Skidmore

Robb Skidmore is a writer who currently lives in Atlanta. A graduate of Emory University, his short fiction has been published in New Millennium Writings, New Orleans Review, Oasis, and South Carolina Review. His nonfiction has appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He once spent a year traveling across the US and camping in national parks.

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Reviews

Review by: Ardsley on Aug. 08, 2011 :
The Surfer is an excellent, well written story.
The way Robb Skidmore developed the real motivation behind Walter’s impetuous surfing expedition was well done. Robb showed that Walter’s handling of a recent, major episode in his life is as poor as his initial efforts on the surfboard.
Walter learned two important lessons in life. The forces of nature can be daunting and uncaring at times, yet replenishing at other times. And, secondly, the truth of bad moments in our lives must ultimately be accepted, as hard as that might be.
I liked the implication at the end, that Walter’s return to the surfboard represents some lifting in his life. Maybe now, it will improve just as his surfing skills will.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: F.J. Dagg on July 20, 2011 :
Robb Skidmore packs a lot into comparatively few words. It takes less than an hour to read "The Surfer," but I was quickly pulled in, and at the end I felt as if I'd read a much longer piece. It is haunting, evocative and heart-breaking.

As a long-time surfer, I can attest that Skidmore's description of the trials of a beginning surfer are (sadly, for the poor beginner) accurate. Well done.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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