What makes for a surfing life? With a blaze of groundbreaking performances and a list of titles claimed from all over the world to his name, Australian world champion surfer Nat Young might know.
His seventieth birthday inspired some reflection on exactly that, and on the waves and characters that have marked his remarkable life‚ÄîMiki Dora and Midget Farrelly to name a few. But surfing for Nat Young‚Äîand so many like-minded surfers‚Äîhas never been about winning, never been about the sport. It‚Äôs a calling, an endless quest, a philosophy, a religion.
Most of all, surfing is a way of life that has underpinned his other identities as board shaper, film producer, writer, raconteur, conservationist, activist, pilot, husband, and father.
Candid and wryly observed, Church of the Open Sky explores what it means to be a surfer, with a collection of true stories of Nat‚Äôs surfing life‚Äîand the friends, foes, and heroes he‚Äôs met along the way.