Join us at Berkelouw Books Mona Vale for an evening with Nat Young as he discusses his latest book Church of the Open Sky. Nat is one of the world’s surfing legends, winner of four world surfing titles and an inductee of the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame (1986).
Nat's seventieth birthday inspired some reflection on what exactly makes a surfing life, and on the waves and characters that have marked his remarkable time as a surfer–Miki Dora, Midget Farrelly and Kathy Kohner–the real Gidget, to name a few.
But surfing for Nat Young–and so many like-minded surfers–has never been about winning, never been about the sport. It’s 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’s surfing life, and the friends, foes and heroes he’s met along the way.
“Nat could have been a reporter. An eyewitness to several chapters of surfing history…the man they used to call the Animal has mellowed somewhat. He’s had adventures in every corner of the world, with plenty of lessons learned, and he’s ready to share.” William Finnegan, Pulitzer Prize Winning author