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opener20Tom Anderson is fast becoming a major writing voice of his generation. First he brought us ‘Riding the Magic Carpet’ (Summersdale, 2006), his story of the small-town Welsh guy who dreams of riding Jeffrey’s Bay and after many roads less travelled fulfils it in fine style. Book review by Tim Kevan..

This time we have him taking on no less of an epic journey as he leaves Porthcawl in search of hurricane surf up the East coast of the United States. Once over there he meets up with a childhood friend and it is the dynamic between the two which takes this book well beyond an ordinary travelogue. In many ways it reads more like a novel and the humour in Anderson’s voice keeps the pages turning as he covers issues ranging from growing up and friendship to the obsession that is surfing and the moral issues this can raise, particularly when you’re chasing waves that come from such a destructive source. It’s definitely a classic and should appeal not only to surfers but to anyone who enjoys a cracking yarn well told.

‘Chasing Dean’ is out now in paperback, published by Summersdale.

Tim Kevan is the author of ‘Why Lawyers Should Surf’ and ‘BabyBarista and the Art of War’. Find out more at www.timkevan.com.

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