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Hound of the Sea: Wild Man. Wild Waves. Wild Wisdom.

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  21 reviews
In this thrilling and candid memoir, world record-holding and controversial Big Wave surfer Garrett McNamara chronicles his emotional quest to ride the most formidable waves on earth.

Garrett McNamara—affectionately known as GMac—set the world record for the sport, surfing a seventy-eight-foot wave in Nazaré, Portugal in 2011, a record he smashed two years later at the same
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Harper Wave (first published August 16th 2016)
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Marisa Fernandes
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Garrett Mc Namara não é só quem surfou aquela onda gigante na Nazaré, é também e acima de tudo o vivo exemplo de que nunca é tarde para se recomeçar, para se mudar de vida e fazer diferente, fazer melhor.

Ao longo de "Lobo do Mar", Mc Namara dá-nos a conhecer a sua história de vida meio atribulada, levada muitas vezes ao limite por uma certa inconsciência, despreocupação e ausência de regras. A dada altura, decide mudar completamente de rumo, vendo no surf uma forma de vida e concretização. E é
Deborah Ideiosepius
This is the story of Garrett McNamara, a surfer from Hawaii who holds a Guinness record for surfing the worlds largest wave. This wave, incidentally, is off Nazare, Portugal and the events surrounding that wave are a very exciting section at the end of the book.

Autobiography or Biography? Not sure; the main author is clearly McNammara, and his voice is so strong and individualistic that the book very much feels like a straightforward person telling you about themselves, there are no literary flo
Even though surfing has become more mainstream over time, the name Garrett McNamara might not ring a bell like, say, Kelly Slater or Bethany Hamilton. But what if I told you G-Mac has surfed world-record-breaking, massive waves- and lived to tell the tale? This is his story, but before he could make the Guinness Book of World Records or put the monster waves of Nazaré, Portugal on the map, he had an unusual childhood as the son of two wayfaring hippies. The opposite of helicopter parenting, McNa ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Being a weak swimmer, suffice to say surfing is completely foreign to me. However, I still remember the first time I saw that photo on the cover. I had goosebumps. Garrett's life is a surprisingly interesting read. A true cast of characters.

His passion for surfing is obvious and contagious. Perhaps it's time to craft my own blueprint and take swimming lessons!
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I think I was looking for something a little more literary, a la "Barbarian Days." Instead, this was a too-long account of McNamara's bizarre nomadic upbringing and his (boring) moves in the surfing world. His voice is leaden and repetitive, and I lost interest halfway through but powered on.
Russ Adcox
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
My brother-in-law bought it in an airport and loaned it to me afterward. A quick easy read about a topic I'm not all that interested in--surfing. However, I found the story of McNamara really engaging. His childhood fascinated me. Coming from a straight-laced Southern culture with parents who made sure we followed all the rules, descriptions of his childhood with his nomadic parents was a little surreal. The later part of the book wasn't as interesting to me because it got more into his surfing ...more
Gregory Lamb
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
McNamara's surf memoir is a worthy read if only for the fact that he was the first to conquer surfing a 100 ft wave. This work chronicles McNamara's life from childhood through the present.

With respect to non-fiction memoirs written by prominent personalities from the surfing world, I make it a point to read them all. Unlike other athletic pursuits, surfers rarely take time to write about their sport. "Hound of the Sea" is a story written by a surfer for surfers. The title is a reference to the
Nate Hawthorne
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Snow days are good for something. I enjoyed this book. Not sure it is as good as other memoirs that I have read about other sport/extreme athletes. I do like to learn about how other people get from birth to accomplishment. I have always had a more than passing interest in surfing, so the whole thing was pretty interesting. Probably the most lack luster 4 star review I have ever written.
Cláudia Ribeiro
Inspirational is an understatement.
What an awesome and uplifting book. 👏🏻
Nicholas Barisone
This is a humble, heartfelt account of Garrett's life and a must read. Its up there with Barbarian Days, which is one of the best complements I can give.
***I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book for my honest review & I thank the publishers Harper Collins NZ***

Considering I hardly ever pick biographical books when I was given the catalogue for reviews from #HarperCollinsNZ the first thing that grabbed my eye was the cover, as a keen photographer it just drew me in to look closer, that #wave, its like #epic (I am channeling my latent #surferchick vibe, can you tell)

I LOVE the sea, having been born on the East Coast of E
Mark Casner
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent biography.
Guy from dysfunctional family background spins a great tale.
His brother, World of surfing, journey of life.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uma biografia escrita de forma simples, do que me parece ser um homem simples na assunção genérica do modo de viver a vida com os outros. Após a leitura desta biografia, fiquei com a imagem de um homem que sobreviveu a muita coisa na sua vida e que por diversas vezes poderia ter corrido mal, mesmo muito mal e que por um mero acaso se dedicou ao surf e se tornou um dos grandes do surf mundial, muito respeitado, sobretudo graças à surfada da maior onda no canhão da Nazaré. Lobo do mar parece-me um ...more
Olga Vannucci
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From childhood unconventional
To wave heights monumental.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
Great inspirational story about a young boy raised essentially feral, who clawed his way up and out.
Insider's look at the big wave surfing community.
Susana Costa
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incrível... Riso, choro, ansiedade, adrenalina... Este livro supera expectativas!
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have never been surfing and I don't know anything about it, but I did still enjoy this book.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography, sports
Very interesting read. Loved all the surf terms and explanations of waves. The beginning of the book, his childhood along with brother Liam was really crazy and how they ended up in Hawaii and became surfers. Learning about different types of surfing was great, tow in? I never knew about all that and the big wave surfers. I never really followed surfing or any sport for that matter. The title grabbed me and I thought I'll surely learn something here and I did. I guess my question; with all humil ...more
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