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When I was a kid, any truly respectable stretch of coast in Santa Barbara, any reputable expanse of sand with a good name and a suitably high opinion of itself, began to attract its own elite coterie of surf bums. Suddenly the waters off points such as Miramar, reefs such as Hammond’s, coves such as Campus, and river mouths such as Rincon found themselves a-bob with blond-haired boys astride surfboards, awaiting waves. At one secluded beach, where vast lawns and orchards aflutter with butterflie...more
This is just a great tale. I first heard this book read by my sixth grade teacher in elementary school. It is still one of my favorite books. It has a great combination of adventure and historical and cultural detail. Some may take offense at racial references, but I think the author shows a great deal of respect for the cultural differences, particularly for the time when it was written.
This book was great. I remembered why Nordhoff and Hall are my favorite authors. The stories they tell are full of detail and adventure. This one was written back in the 20's so its nice to hear a story told in the language and technology of back then. This story was about a young boy that got to go to the south pacific with his uncle and dive for pearls. It was full of adventure and makes me feel like it could have been something I would like to have done. Just a great book.