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Lines to the Horizon: Australian Surf Writing

Lines to the Horizon: Australian Surf Writing

Author: Madelaine Dickie, Mark Smith, Emily Brugman, Jake Sandtner, Sally Breen, and Sam Carmody

Publisher: Fremantle Press

Published: April 2021

More than just a book about surfing, Lines to the Horizon is an honest, emotive and vibrant exploration of how the ocean has come to define our lives and our sense of self. With a foreword written by Jock Serong, the anthology features writing from Madelaine Dickie, Mark Smith, Emily Brugman, Jake Sandtner, Sally Breen, and Sam Carmody, with each writer considering their relationship with the ocean, the coast and surfing.

Madelaine Dickie leads us through Mexico, dodging no-go areas and hopping fences in search of the perfect wave. Mark Smith considers how creativity and the ocean often go hand-in-hand.

Emily Brugman swims out of her depth as she considers how vulnerable we are to the power of the water. Jake Sandtner offers a piece of creative memoir on surfing legend Taj Burrows that takes us deep into the adrenaline-rush of competing.

Sally Breen considers life on the Gold Coast, in Surfer’s Paradise, and how that has come to define her relationship with the ocean. And singer-songwriter Sam Carmody takes an honest, raw look at depression through his experiences in and out of the water.

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