Grew up at WindanSea with good friend Timmy O’Rourke, Chris’s son. Chris was one of the most legendary surfers of all time. He, along with Butch Van Artsdalen (original Pipeline Master who paved the way a generation before Chris, also from WindanSea), were leaders in progressive and hard-charging surfing.
In Child of the Storm, Kirk Lee Aeder tells the story of WindanSea legend Chris O’Rourke, one of the most ferociously passionate and competitive surfers of all time and, according to ’70s Hawaiian demigod Gerry Lopez, “the best surfer from California that I have ever seen.” – Surfline excerpt.
Let you know how I thought it read, and what Timmy thought about his fathers published story in an upcoming post. Sure the book’s accurate because I understand that the author, Kirk Lee Aeder, was with Chris throughout much of his life.
Stoked if you get a copy and let us know what you think.
Photos: Courtesy Kirk Lee Aeder.