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Fearlessness: The Story of Lisa Andersen

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A beautiful tomboy nicknamed "Trouble," Lisa Andersen ran away from home at age sixteen, determined to become the best surfer in the world. In this wholly original biography, esteemed surf writer Nick Carroll captures her unconventional path to fame. Lisa Andersen did indeed become surfing world championnot once, but four times. Along the way she raised a baby daughter on ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Chronicle Books
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The book was an easy read and very well-written, but I found it and Lisa to be sensationalized. I looked forward to reading this book about a fellow female Floridian surfer and the woman who revolutionized women's surfing in the 1980s/1990s. In my mind before, she was a uniquely beautiful tomboy with a lot of talent and ambition; a woman who wanted girls to have a place in surfing on their own terms and who worked hard for it with FEAR-LESS-NESS.

Sadly, what I found was a woman who hasn't/ hadn't
not very exciting...your typical "I came from a hard life and look what I did" story.
Dec 02, 2007 Anne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: female surfers everywhere
This books looks and feels like a textbook. Perhaps that's the way the publishers intended, since fans and followers of women's surfing should include this book in their surf history repertoire. I enjoyed the book and learned a lot about what I always considered the elusive and mysterious four time world champion. From Lisa's troubled childhood to her emergence as a competitor and mother, author Nick Carroll gets in-depth and personal with one of the greatest idols of women's surfing. Fearlessne ...more
I usually don't read a lot of biographies and this one highlighted why. It's basically a fluff piece on the life story of Lisa Anderson, written by a friend. Even so, it doesn't make her seem like the most likeable person. She came across to me as someone who basically used people to help her with her career and I'm sure if this was written by an unbiased party with interviews with some of the other people mentioned, you'd get a fuller picture of the true person. However, some might say that a w ...more
The author did not do justice to surfing in this book. I experienced very little about surfing as the author focuses mostly on Andersen's love life. After reading this biography, I know little about who Andersen is and what being a surfer girl is all about. Still, I love the pictures and continue to be interested in Lisa Andersen, although she appears to be homophobic and the author did little to discuss if she she had changed her views from then.
I enjoyed this story of Lisa Anderson. What a believer(in herself)she was and is. Very Inspirational. I liked the similarlties I had with her about living in Hunighton Beach and Florida. This is my sisters book so If you would like to read it I can get it from her for you.
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