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    Pipe Dreams (Hardback) By (author) Kelly Slater

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    DescriptionI thought, Pfft, come on. People from Australia are world champions ... But a world champion from Florida? Fuhged-daboudit. Cocoa Beach, Florida, isn't exactly a breeding ground for surfing world champions -- the waves are tiny. So when Kelly Slater was growing up, the furthest thing from his mind was becoming a world champion. He was a Florida grommet whose biggest goal was to one day make it out far enough to catch the two-foot waves his dad and brother were riding -- anything more was a dream. Life in the Slater household wasn't perfect, and as his parents' marriage fell apart and his father battled alcoholism, Slater escaped to the beach and found peace on a surfboard. He devoured surf magazines, sat spellbound while watching surfing movies, and worshiped the gods of the sport who threw themselves into thundering walls of water along the North Shore of Hawaii and around the world. Slater never thought he'd move beyond the Florida shore breaks, but his insatiable thirst for competition and uncanny -- almost innate -- understanding of the physics of surfing destined him for waves and events much bigger than anything Cocoa Beach had to offer. In Pipe Dreams, Slater takes you inside a churning Pipeline tube and lets you experience the rush of adrenaline and danger. He pays tribute to close friends who lost their lives surfing big waves and tells what life on the World Tour is really like, from schmoozing with celebrities to running from stalker fans to the insane competition and off-the-wall antics of the world's most famous surfers -- including Tom Curren, Tom Car-roll, Gary Elkerton, Mark Occhilupo, Rob Machado, and Shane Dorian. Slater also explains his various career moves, such as his stint as a regular on Baywatch, and the ups and downs of his love life -- from his on-again, off-again romance with Pamela Anderson to Bree, his first love, and their broken engagement. Pipe Dreams offers unprecedented access to the globetrotting lifestyle and the rarely seen private life of the man who destroyed every record in a sport long dominated by people who thought world champions didn't grow up in Florida, himself included. Slater holds nothing back, because after six world titles, there is nothing left to prove -- not to himself or to anyone else.


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    Title
    Pipe Dreams
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kelly Slater
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 356
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 670 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780060096298
    ISBN 10: 0060096292
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: BGS
    BIC E4L: SPO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.4A
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    BISAC V2.8: BIO016000
    DC21: 797.32092
    LC classification: GV838.S53
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: WSSG
    BISAC V2.8: SPO051000, BIO026000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 797.3/2/092
    LC classification: GV838.S53 A3 2003
    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins
    Publication date
    20 September 2003
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY