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CHILD OF THE STORM
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1)  “Kirk Aeder actually wrote the classic American novel involving family struggle, birth, death, redemption, and a searing competitive hero. As JD Salinger’s ‘Catcher in the Rye’ was required reading when I was in high school, then this should be its replacement.”    Ed Brinkman, Oahu, Hawaii

2) “One of the things that make The Great Gatsby such a compelling American literary classic is the twist F. Scott Fitzgerald throws his reader. In Child Of The Storm, Kirk Lee Aeder tells the story of Windansea legend Chris O’Rourke, one of the most fiercely passionate and competitive surfers of all time. In the process, we’re taken on a similarly Gatsby-like ride. This is where Aeder’s brilliance comes in---both as a storyteller and lifelong friend.”  Matt Pruett / Surfline.com

3)  “I highly recommend this book to any surfer who, like me, has been battered by the storms of life and lost appreciation for the ocean. The ability to ride waves in such a unique gift and this book reinforced that belief in me. My love for surfing and my appreciation for the blessings in my life have both been rekindled while reading Child Of The Storm.”    Koa / Amazon.com

4) “Aeder’s 306 page book is a tribute to O’Rourke, who rose from the local Windansea surf scene in the 1970’s to become a world class professional during the sport’s formative period. It is an incredibly inspiring story.”  Dave Schwab / La Jolla Light News

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Chris O’Rourke was a shy young Irish boy from New Jersey who had an affinity for playing in the water. When his family is unexpectedly forced to flee their east coast home and lavish lifestyle, they journey west as far west as possible. Upon reaching the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Chris’s life is forever changed. His love of the water intensifies as he becomes irreversibly submerged into an entirely new sport----surfing. Initially meant to provide an escape from his troubled family life, it becomes apparent that his exceptional surfing skills have opened the door to something much deeper for Chris.

Coinciding with his newfound obsession is a fiery change in his personality---the results of which prove combustible. During the 1970’s, the California coastline feels the fury of this aspiring young professional surfer. A competitive surfing prodigy, Chris had only one goal---to become a world champion.

Chris performed incredible maneuvers in the sea that defied the laws of gravity and inertia. He was convinced by others to humble his arrogance and speak with his skills---a potent combination that attracts many followers. In 1975, at the tender age of 16, he becomes the highest ranking competitive surfer in the mainland United States. Chris doesn’t just defeat his opponents, he pounds them into submission.

Around the world professional surfing begins to gather momentum. A bold few make their move to become part of it. Chris finds himself perched on the threshold of his dreams, poised to make history in the sport he loves---only to come face to face with his deadliest opponent ever. His life was about battling fate, while at the same time trying to find redemption. Wanting nothing more than to compete again in order to defeat his past, it’s a true story not about duration, but about brilliance.

Before world champion surfers from America like Kelly Slater and Tom Curren, there existed another surfer with equal potential---who never had the chance.

 

 

“One of the most compelling, tragic, yet inspiring stories in the history of surfing.”
David Gilovich/Surfline

“The first time I ever saw Chris O’Rourke I could tell instantly that surfing meant EVERYTHING to him.”
Bob McKnight/CEO/Quiksilver

“Chris O’Rourke looked every bit the young man poised on the brink of greatness.”
Chris Carter/Producer/Director

“Chris O’Rourke is the best surfer from California that I have ever seen.”
Gerry Lopez/Pipeline Master/Actor/Businessman

“Chris O’Rourke is my hero.”
Rick Irons/fifteen year publisher of Surfer Magazine

 

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