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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About Robb Skidmore

Robb Skidmore is a novelist who currently lives in Southern California. He writes upmarket fiction which combines a literary sensibility with honest and deep characterizations. He started out as a maniacal scribbler in journals during college and attended many well-known fiction workshops. His short stories have appeared in many literary reviews and publications. His critically acclaimed and cult classic novel, The Pursuit of Cool, was a Quarter Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest and a Winner of a Next Generation Indie Award. It is a coming of age story that captures Generation X and what it was like to be young in America in the 1980s. Full of humor and heartbreak, it follows a music, movie and pop culture obsessed, tragically romantic young man who attends college during the 1980s.

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Reviews of The Surfer by Robb Skidmore

Ardsley reviewed on Aug. 8, 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)
F.J. Dagg reviewed 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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