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The world's first windsurfing novel .

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Created by RichardAttree Monday, 13 Jan 2019
RichardAttree
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Monday , 13 Jan 2019 11:23PM
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Hi. I'd like to tell you about my novel: 'TOO CLOSE TO THE WIND' (the world's first windsurfing novel), which will be published in February (on Amazon).

But first, let me introduce myself . Any members of the now-defunct Boards (UK) magazine forum might remember me as 'Silicon Beach'. I've been a windsurfer since the mid-1980s and I've lived in El Medano, Tenerife, for the past twelve years. When I moved here, in 2007, I wrote a series of articles for Boards called: 'Life on the Reef'.

I started writing 'TOO CLOSE TO THE WIND' a couple of years ago. It's a journey of self-discovery narrated by a young Australian windsurfer and a celebration of wind, surf, and the human spirit ... and it features some of my favourite locations: El Medano, Cabarete, WA, and Ireland.

I've just released a FREE PREQUEL STORY to whet readers' appetites and this is my invitation to download it.

You'll meet my surfaholic narrator, Nick, discover his eventful back-story and his obsession with the ocean, wind, and surf. 'TOO CLOSE TO THE WIND - THE PREQUEL STORY' takes Nick from his earliest memory to the day the novel begins-the day he should have drowned.

If you download the Prequel Story you'll be subscribed to my newsletter and be the first to hear when the novel is available.

Please spread the word about the book and 'share the Stoke' as Nick (my narrator) would say

Here's the link to download the story (in all Ebook formats) ... dl.bookfunnel.com/tlq3jvivp6



Cluffy
NSW, 340 posts
Monday , 14 Jan 2019 10:08AM
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Hi mate good luck with the Novel! Unfortunately if you go to the GPS team challenge website and check out sboardcrazy's posts you will see that Sue has already written plenty of novels lol.

Carantoc
NSW, 4012 posts
Monday , 14 Jan 2019 10:38AM
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Everytime I buy a new board / sail / piece of rope I have to come up with a novel's worth of fiction to tell the wife.

Al Planet
TAS, 1390 posts
Monday , 14 Jan 2019 11:02AM
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Is "Nick" a cleverly disguised reference to the belle of Australian windsurfing Nicole Kidman?

azymuth
WA, 517 posts
Monday , 14 Jan 2019 8:51AM
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RichardAttree said..
Hi. I'd like to tell you about my novel: 'TOO CLOSE TO THE WIND' (the world's first windsurfing novel), which will be published in February (on Amazon).

But first, let me introduce myself . Any members of the now-defunct Boards (UK) magazine forum might remember me as 'Silicon Beach'. I've been a windsurfer since the mid-1980s and I've lived in El Medano, Tenerife, for the past twelve years. When I moved here, in 2007, I wrote a series of articles for Boards called: 'Life on the Reef'.



Thanks - I'll check it out. I enjoyed your Life on the Reef blog

I spent quite a bit of time in El Medano in the early-middle 80's when Stefan had the windsurfing shop on the beach - awesome times

RichardAttree
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Monday , 14 Jan 2019 9:28PM
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Cluffy said..
Hi mate good luck with the Novel! Unfortunately if you go to the GPS team challenge website and check out sboardcrazy's posts you will see that Sue has already written plenty of novels lol.


OkeeDookee. Thanks for that. No Worries, I'll add 'allegedly'. It was only ever meant as a jokey kind of claim - I couldn't find any books that I'd call an actual windsurfing 'novel' when I looked on Amazon ... plenty of Surfing novels (e.g. Kem Nunn, credited with inventing the surf-noir genre etc) ... and plenty of technique, travel books feature windsurfing of course.

RichardAttree
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Monday , 14 Jan 2019 9:32PM
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azymuth said..

RichardAttree said..
Hi. I'd like to tell you about my novel: 'TOO CLOSE TO THE WIND' (the world's first windsurfing novel), which will be published in February (on Amazon).

But first, let me introduce myself . Any members of the now-defunct Boards (UK) magazine forum might remember me as 'Silicon Beach'. I've been a windsurfer since the mid-1980s and I've lived in El Medano, Tenerife, for the past twelve years. When I moved here, in 2007, I wrote a series of articles for Boards called: 'Life on the Reef'.




Thanks - I'll check it out. I enjoyed your Life on the Reef blog

I spent quite a bit of time in El Medano in the early-middle 80's when Stefan had the windsurfing shop on the beach - awesome times


Cheers @azymuth ... if you're ever visiting get in touch.

P.S. I'm having a book launch here (El Medano, Tenerife) in March ... if anyone else is visiting Tenerife, please get in touch for an invite.

RichardAttree
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Monday , 14 Jan 2019 9:35PM
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Carantoc said..
Everytime I buy a new board / sail / piece of rope I have to come up with a novel's worth of fiction to tell the wife.


LOL. Yep, I know what you mean Luckily my wife is also a windsurfer (we started together, back in 1986 in Vasseliki, Greece, and we still sail together :-) So, no arguements about buying kit.

sboardcrazy
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Tuesday , 15 Jan 2019 9:21AM
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Cluffy said..
Hi mate good luck with the Novel! Unfortunately if you go to the GPS team challenge website and check out sboardcrazy's posts you will see that Sue has already written plenty of novels lol.


Mine are more like short stories..

ChrisD67
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Wednesday , 16 Jan 2019 6:18AM
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DL and subbed, good luck with it.

Windxtasy
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Wednesday , 16 Jan 2019 1:07PM
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Cluffy said..
Hi mate good luck with the Novel! Unfortunately if you go to the GPS team challenge website and check out sboardcrazy's posts you will see that Sue has already written plenty of novels lol.



OkeeDookee. Thanks for that. No Worries, I'll add 'allegedly'. It was only ever meant as a jokey kind of claim - I couldn't find any books that I'd call an actual windsurfing 'novel' when I looked on Amazon ... plenty of Surfing novels (e.g. Kem Nunn, credited with inventing the surf-noir genre etc) ... and plenty of technique, travel books feature windsurfing of course.


That was a joke also. She does not write novels but her posts are very long!

RichardAttree
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Thursday , 16 Jan 2019 11:57PM
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Windxtasy said..

RichardAttree said..


Cluffy said..
Hi mate good luck with the Novel! Unfortunately if you go to the GPS team challenge website and check out sboardcrazy's posts you will see that Sue has already written plenty of novels lol.




OkeeDookee. Thanks for that. No Worries, I'll add 'allegedly'. It was only ever meant as a jokey kind of claim - I couldn't find any books that I'd call an actual windsurfing 'novel' when I looked on Amazon ... plenty of Surfing novels (e.g. Kem Nunn, credited with inventing the surf-noir genre etc) ... and plenty of technique, travel books feature windsurfing of course.



That was a joke also. She does not write novels but her posts are very long!


Yeah ... I got the joke after posting my reply (a pom grappling with good old Ozzie sarcasm :-)

I'm waiting for someone to counter-claim to be the first windsurfing novel ... but for sure it's not a crowded market. I wrote a piece about it on my website: richardattree.com/authors-commentary/

RichardAttree
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Thursday , 17 Jan 2019 12:02AM
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ChrisD67 said..
DL and subbed, good luck with it.


Thanks Chris. As I mentioned, my main character is an Ozzie windsurfer and roughly half the novel is set in WA ... so as a pommie author I'm slightly nervous (and intrigued) about what you guys will make of it :-)

RichardAttree
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Thursday , 17 Jan 2019 12:07AM
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... while I'm here ... I just got the finalised files from my cover designer. This what the book will look like:





Flying Dutchman
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Thursday , 17 Jan 2019 10:48AM
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I'm waiting for someone to counter-claim to be the first windsurfing novel ... but for sure it's not a crowded market. I wrote a piece about it on my website: richardattree.com/authors-commentary/



Hi Richard,

I've had this book since the early nineties.

Congrats on your book mate.... hope it sells great.

Cheers,
Paul.








Flying Dutchman
NSW, 128 posts
Thursday , 17 Jan 2019 2:10PM
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Interesting....

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Metzenthen

RichardAttree
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Friday , 18 Jan 2019 8:30PM
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Flying Dutchman said..

I'm waiting for someone to counter-claim to be the first windsurfing novel ... but for sure it's not a crowded market. I wrote a piece about it on my website: richardattree.com/authors-commentary/




Hi Richard,

I've had this book since the early nineties.

Congrats on your book mate.... hope it sells great.

Cheers,
Paul.


Aha ... yes, interesting ... I'll check out 'Danger Wave' - looks like being the first. Anyway, as I said, it's not exactly a crowded market.

Interestingly the blurb: "Windsurfing is Tommy's only escape from his problems ..." sounds quite similar to mine: "Windsurfing is his obsession, his escape from self-loathing ..."

Thanks for your encouragement, Paul.

Actually, talking of blurbs, this is my complete copy:

'TOO CLOSE TO THE WIND'
Nick has always been an outsider. Half Aboriginal, half Irish, he escaped from an impoverished fishing town in Western Australia. Now he's running from a drug deal gone wrong, living like a ghost in the Canary Islands and his only friends are the wind and waves.

Windsurfing is his obsession, his escape from self-loathing. But when his rig falls apart, like his life, he finds himself drifting alone in the Atlantic. As the sun rises on his last day alive, a yacht appears and offers him a lifeline. But there's a price to pay .

The owner, an enigmatic figure known to his crew as the Master, is the leader of a shadowy cult. He offers Nick a way out of his stalled life-a series of missions: to the haunted Haitian rainforest, the remote Australian outback, and the wild west coast of Ireland.

The puppet master pulls the strings-Nick's quest is to discover why.

TOO CLOSE TO THE WIND is an incredible story of survival, an epic travel adventure, a dark journey into the unknown, and a celebration of wind, surf, and the human spirit.



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