A Surfer’s Journey
Albert Bridge Books
Tom Anderson lives in Porthcawl, West Wales, is the author of acclaimed surfing travelogue Riding the Magic Carpet and was awarded a Welsh Arts Council Bursary for the journey that became 'Chasing Dean'. He is a successful competitive surfer and writes regularly for several surfing magazines, as well as being a senior committee member of the Welsh Surfing Federation.
The tale of an obsessive quest to prepare for and ride one of the world's greatest surf spots, Swell Lines details the tunnel vision and adventures of one surfer's pursuit of the legendary freight-train walls of South Africa's Jeffreys Bay. Taking in the frigid reefs of the Outer Orkneys, the temple pointbreaks of Indonesia, the surf zones of France and Sri Lanka and a trip through Panama and Costa Rica, Tom Anderson’s story spans a famous decade in the history of surf exploration.
'Anderson's book contains a series of vignettes of life in strange, surf-battered places that will appeal not merely to surfers but to fans of travel writing generally...one is left admiring Anderson's drive, the vibrancy and honesty of his book and the simple fact of its existence. Surfing has been poorly served by writers, but here is a book that does the sport justice.' - The Times 'Part-odyssey, part-memoir, part-travelogue...as much an insight into the drifter and dreamer's mentality as it is a surfer's guide.' - The Sunday Express 'Anderson will do for surfing what Hornby did for football.' - Publishing News '..akin to the epic adventure stories...has the necessary grit to the oyster to take it beyond merely a good travelogue and to inspiring thought...