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Wayward by Chris Burkard

In 2005, Chris Burkard left Pismo Beach to begin his audacious career as a surf photographer, picking up skills, equipment, and incredible experiences as he went. Wayward is the chronicle of this journey, told through his own stories from far flung places over the years. Accompanied by stunning photographs and behind the scene shots, and including technical inserts and pieces by guest authors, this book is an inspiration for budding surfers, travelers, and photographers alike. Or someone like me who is astonished by it all.—Melinda

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ISBN: 9781419732768
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Published: Abrams - February 3rd, 2022

The Most Fun Thing by Kyle Beachy

For the love of skateboarding! In The Most Fun Thing—a memoir by way of essays—Beachy attempts to find what skateboarding REALLY means, and begins a journey of self-discovery along the way. Sometimes we have to dig deep to uncover the gems inside ourselves, to know what’s important to us. A lovely memoir, perfect whether you’re “regular” or “goofy.”—MJ

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ISBN: 9781538754115
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 10th, 2021

All In by Billie Jean King

“What was more apparent to me was that the world I wanted didn’t exist yet.” So begins the career of Billie Jean King, one where her vision ultimately remade our approach to women’s and LGBTQ+ rights, both in sports and in life. Tracing her remarkable journey, King writes with the courage of her convictions, with fierce competitiveness, and with her indomitable spirit laid bare on the page. All In explores the extraordinary life of a true hero.—Casey

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ISBN: 9781101947333
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Published: Knopf - August 17th, 2021

The Kaepernick Effect by Dave Zirin

When then-49er Colin Kaepernick began taking a knee in protest in 2016, he inspired a movement, and acclaimed sportswriter Dave Zirin wanted to make sure that he and the countless athletes who followed his lead were not forgotten. The result is this project, the stories of these brave players, their actions, and the responses within their communities. Broken into three parts—high school, college, and pro—some of the names are well known like Megan Rapinoe and Michael Bennett, but it is the young kids on hometown fields across the country who truly inspire.—Melinda

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The Kaepernick Effect: Taking a Knee, Changing the World By Dave Zirin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620976753
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: New Press - September 14th, 2021

To the Greatest Heights by Vanessa O’Brien

Vanessa O’Brien was the first American woman to look from the summit of K2 down to the terrain below. Relentless tenacity propels her to the top of the seven highest peaks, and she does so in record time. She has stood at Earth’s highest and lowest points. To The Greatest Heights captures the adversity that drives Vanessa upward: unsuccessful summit attempts, family crises, unquestionable danger, sexism, and economic collapse. With a healthy dash of humor and levity, this is an inspirational story of a woman’s ascension to vast heights. — Charlotte

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To the Greatest Heights: Facing Danger, Finding Humility, and Climbing a Mountain of Truth By Vanessa O'Brien Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982123789
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - March 30th, 2021

AFROSURF by Mami Wata

Afrosurf is a dynamic collection of surf photography, essays, poems, recipes, profiles and so much more. Its immersive experience celebrates the wide swath of African surf culture, featuring 18 coastal African countries and exploding Western stereotypes of the sport—a joyous and much needed revelation. Compiled and designed by Mami Wata, a Cape Town surf company with African-produced goods and a philanthropic mission, Afrosurf is beautiful to behold and even harder to put down. — Melinda

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By Mami Wata, Selema Masekela (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781984860408
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Published: Ten Speed Press - June 15th, 2021

Steve Kerr: A Life by Scott Howard-Cooper

Although you would think that winning eight NBA titles as a player or coach would make Steve Kerr’s biography read like a how-to guide to stardom, Howard-Cooper instead demonstrates how Kerr’s setbacks—from the murder of his father, a diplomat, to injuries that might have sidelined his basketball career as a player and a coach—better define Kerr than any championship ring. In showcasing Kerr’s humility, emotional intelligence, activism, and perseverance, the book gives us a closer look at the drive of the person who would inspire so many players and teammates to reach the greatest heights in the NBA. — Casey

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ISBN: 9780063001275
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Published: William Morrow - June 15th, 2021

Above the Clouds: How I Carved My Own Path to the Top of the World by Kilian Jornet

From climbing the highest mountain in the Pyrenees at the age of 5 to scaling Mount Everest unaided twice in one week at 3, Kilian Jornet has lived an extreme life, and in his memoir, Above the Clouds, he chronicles the ups and downs of his journey. Told in a humble voice, Jornet’s memoir is an engrossing read for amateur adventurers and those who are enticed by the concept of sky running but are unaware of what it actually entails. — Aric

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Above the Clouds: How I Carved My Own Path to the Top of the World By Kilian Jornet, Charlotte Whittle (Translated by) Cover Image
By Kilian Jornet, Charlotte Whittle (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780062965035
Availability: Backordered
Published: HarperOne - August 25th, 2020

Distant Shores: Surfing the Ends of the Earth by Chris Burkard

Surfers, nature photographers, adventure travel enthusiasts, take a look—Distant Shores is a gift book worth reveling in! Few people have traveled to such remote corners of the world in pursuit of their passion, and Chris Burkard seems to have found them all, bringing back dramatic landscape photography of perfect waves with a single surfer and an empty lineup. From Chile to Iceland, Christmas Island to Russia, these shots are an inspiration and an instant armchair adventure. — Melinda

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ISBN: 9781623261177
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Published: Chronicle Chroma - September 22nd, 2020

One Life by Megan Rapinoe

After US soccer star Megan Rapinoe’s game-winning goals in the 2019 Women’s World Cup captivated the world, Rapinoe has gone on to engage women (and men) everywhere with her brilliant leadership in promoting equal pay, racial justice, and LGBTQ+ rights, and through her straight talk to President Trump on an international stage. Now, in her memoir One Life, she chronicles how her conservative California upbringing, her role as the first woman soccer player to come out, and the internal reckoning that called her to take action for equality allowed her to fully use her place at the center of the world’s stage as a force for good. A perfect gift for every strong person in your life. — Casey 

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ISBN: 9781984881168
Availability: Hard to Find - Believed to be Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Penguin Press - November 10th, 2020


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