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Best Black Friday 2013 book deals

Best Black Friday 2013 book deals.

We have compiled a shortlist of four book deals to get ahold of during Black Friday 2013.

If South Park has it spot on (Trey Parker and Matt Stone usually does) with their recent episodes, then you should be at the ready when Friday arrives – it will be total sales carnage.

 

Featured authors in this ‘Best Black Friday 2013 book deals’ list: J.K. Rowling, Alexander Van Dorph, Dan Brown and Donna Tartt.

 


The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling.

 

"A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. 
It is the work of a storyteller like no other." 

 

Those of us who have read / seen the Harry Potter series, which would be most of us (see video below if haven’t – really though?), know about J.K.’s prowess as a author. Her work is filled to the brim with astonishing storylines and characters that have a way of finding their way into your heart.

 


Cognitive Disturbance by Alexander Van Dorph.

“Los Mirra.

A dystopian metropolis run by nefarious criminal gangs and corrupt politicians. Amidst the ironclad skyscrapers of the city we find Leopold Von Tiller, a man who has grown successful despite the ruthless conditions. His fortune takes a turn for the worse as he encounters brutality with a deadly outcome. When death strikes, Leopold finds himself waging war on several fronts.

 

Whether throwing punches in a primitive bar brawl or exchanging sharp, malevolent words in a boardroom over a hostile takeover, the basics are the same – outmaneuver the opposition, strike with deadly precision and ultimately destroy your adversary. Leopold soon learns how these rules apply to every human being, and must adapt to the unfolding situation or see himself devoured in the failure to do so.

 

Can he endeavour at the heart of ferocity, or will hatred take a hold and tear him apart? Packed with intense action, unreciprocated love and betrayal, Cognitive Disturbance is a compelling read that will appeal to fans of crime thrillers.”

This synopsis is enough for us – we wantsss it.

 

– CLICK HERE to read more about COGNITIVE DISTURBANCE.

 

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity.

 


Inferno by Dan Brown.

Synopsis: “In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.”

Dan Brown, the former English teacher, has shown his mastery as a pop book seller – his sales records and accomplishments speak for themselves. Inferno is perhaps his best work as of yet.

 

If you want to get your hands on some books for Black Friday 2013 – these four books would be the ones to gun for.

 

Oh, and you might have to make your way through the ferocious Xbox One and PS4 armies – so bring a Wii Nunchuck or two.

 

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Description: Best Black Friday 2013 book deals. We have compiled a shortlist of four book deals to get ahold of during Black Friday 2013.

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Official trailer video:

Perfect fiction literature for 16 year olds.

Perfect fiction literature for 16 year olds. Recommendations and tips.

We have compiled a shortlist of four book deals to get a hold of for 16 year olds.

Good fiction literature can be hard to find. Thus, we have found these 4 books for you – all of which are perfect for 16 year olds.

 

Featured authors in this ‘Perfect fiction literature for 16 year olds’ list include: J.K. Rowling, Alexander Van Dorph, Dan Brown and Donna Tartt.

 


The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling.

 

"A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. 
It is the work of a storyteller like no other." 

 

Those of us who have read / seen the Harry Potter series, which would be most of us (see video below if haven’t – really though?), know about J.K.’s prowess as a author. Her work is filled to the brim with astonishing storylines and characters that have a way of finding their way into your heart.

 


Cognitive Disturbance by Alexander Van Dorph.

“Los Mirra.

A dystopian metropolis run by nefarious criminal gangs and corrupt politicians. Amidst the ironclad skyscrapers of the city we find Leopold Von Tiller, a man who has grown successful despite the ruthless conditions. His fortune takes a turn for the worse as he encounters brutality with a deadly outcome. When death strikes, Leopold finds himself waging war on several fronts.

 

Whether throwing punches in a primitive bar brawl or exchanging sharp, malevolent words in a boardroom over a hostile takeover, the basics are the same – outmaneuver the opposition, strike with deadly precision and ultimately destroy your adversary. Leopold soon learns how these rules apply to every human being, and must adapt to the unfolding situation or see himself devoured in the failure to do so.

 

Can he endeavour at the heart of ferocity, or will hatred take a hold and tear him apart? Packed with intense action, unreciprocated love and betrayal, Cognitive Disturbance is a compelling read that will appeal to fans of crime thrillers.”

This synopsis is enough for us – we wantsss it.

 

– CLICK HERE to read more about COGNITIVE DISTURBANCE.

 

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity.

 


Inferno by Dan Brown.

Synopsis: “In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.”

Dan Brown, the former English teacher, has shown his mastery as a pop book seller – his sales records and accomplishments speak for themselves. Inferno is perhaps his best work as of yet.

 

If you want to get your hands on some books for Black Friday 2013 – these four books would be the ones to gun for.

 

Oh, and you might have to make your way through the ferocious Xbox One and PS4 armies – so bring a Wii Nunchuck or two.

 

Article: Perfect fiction literature for 16 year olds.
Description: Best Black Friday 2013 book deals. We have compiled a shortlist of four book deals to get ahold of during Black Friday 2013.

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Official trailer video:

Solid Surfboards – meet Dan O’Hara, the man behind the dust mask.

SOLID SURFBOARDS

Words and photo: Corey Walter – Fat Wave Photography

Corey Walter met with the man behind SOLID SURFBOARDS, Dan O’Hara. Dan was born in New York, but ventured from the eastcoast to the westcoast, and is now living and shaping in San Diego, California.

 

The man behind the dust mask at SOLID SURFBOARDS:

 

Dan O'Hara
Dan O’Hara

 

Name:

Dan O’Hara

Age:

26

Birthplace:

New York

Home:

San Diego

 

Corey: Tell us about yourself. Who is behind Solid Surfboards and how did you get into shaping?

Dan: I just show up to the shop and shape whatever’s on order. I owe everything to my crew right now, they are so fucking on it. I grew up working in surf shops, surfing, staring at surfboards, had to crack a few eggs to make an omelette… you know? It’s cool because you don’t go to school or have to get a degree or license to start making boards, just get a blank and start hacking at it… Still hacking at it today.

 

Shaping up
Shaping up

 

Corey: Who mentored you? Who/What inspired you to start shaping?

Dan: Grew up around the corner from a guy, Mike Shermeyer, who shapes insane boards, everyone in our area wants boards from him, local legend, he was close friends with Rick Rasmussen who was a pro/shaper back in the 70’s or 80’s… They went over to Hawaii together to work for Brewer and got their leg up from him. Another local shaper Pete Falon of Wyvern Surfboards gave me a hand and all the info for materials and blanks, showed me how to glass. Went over to Bunger for a winter to glass boards and learn a few things from Tommy who has taken over the board production from Charlie Sr. They are about as authentic as a surf shop gets on the East Coast, been around and building boards right there since the 60’s on Long Island. Pete and Mike sent me down to Charles Williams in Fort Pierce, FL where C-Dub really showed me the fundamentals to shaping, and more so with EPS/Epoxy construction. I owe everything to Charlie. He is the fucking man, I dont even know how old he is but he still charges Puerto and boosts like a 14 year old in crumbly north jetty shit.

 

I guess I’ve just always been intrigued by boards and what makes them work.

 

Corey: What other names do you shape for?

Dan: Mainly South Coast. We’ve got a handful of private label brands that we manufacture boards for but they will remain anonymous.

 

Corey: What kind of board do you prefer to shape and why?

Dan: “Hybrid’s” Funky little boards but that actually work in decent surf. I keep pushing the small boards and trying to build drive into them, experimenting… I go back to my shortboard and it feels weird.

 

Corey: How long have you been shaping boards?

Dan: Since 2004

 

Solid Surfboard. Photo: Corey Walter
Solid Surfboard. Photo: Corey Walter

 

Corey: About how many boards have you shaped over the years?

Dan: Honestly only a few thousand, I could lie and say that I’ve shaped 10,000.

 

Corey: What is unique about your boards?

Dan: Nothing really. Other than that most of them are epoxy and we make our own blanks and are always experimenting with stuff, but so does everyone else. They are white light and strong. Most of them are around 5.5 lbs and glassed 6/46, don’t know how we do it… ask our glasser AJ.

 

Alexander Van Dorph quote
Alexander Van Dorph quote. www.alexandervandorph.com

 

Corey: What is your most popular board?

Dan: Sasquash, then Butter Knife, then Barracuda, then…

 

Corey: When did you shape your first surfboard? Where did you shape it?

Dan: 2004, in my parents garage, it was terrible…

 

Corey: Tell us about your surf team.

Dan: We are more focused on local guys who have a good attitude in and out of the water. They are brand representatives and we don’t care how good you surf if you are arrogant, that is not attractive. We work with local shops referring guys and go from there.

 

Dan at work
Dan at work

 

Corey: What philosophy do you approach the surf life with?

Dan: If you’re not having fun you’re doing it wrong.

 

Corey: How has surfing changed your life?

Dan: Teaches me how to live and more importantly enjoy the moment I am in. When you get out of the water it gets a little more difficult to do that, but at least I get a reprieve when I am surfing.

 

Corey: What is your favorite board and your favorite break?

Dan: Been working on this funky combination of things. The butter knife was the first in the series, it has a concave deck and single through double thru vee bottom, its fun but for me it’s too loose for such a wide tail board. So I changed it up and put a moon tail and deep single all the way through the back, moved the rear fins back a bit to add drive and the thing hauls. I’m 6’0 x 185 lbs and the “Fork” is 5’6 x 20” x 2 ¼” around 28 liters I think. The Bento Box is another new one using similar concepts, round nose though, concave deck and same bottom and fin setup. Rad little board for making the best of marginal surf. That thing is 5’3 x 21.5” x 2.5” for me. Favorite breaks off the top of my head would be Santa Teresa in Mal Pais CR, Maderas, Nicaragua, reefs between PB point & south bird, La Jolla, Sunset Cliffs.

 

Corey: What do you love about being a surfboard shaper?

Dan: Right now, my favorite thing is working with my friends and having a lot of freedom to do what I want when I want. Not being locked into the 9-5 grid.

 

Solid Surfboards
Solid Surfboards

 

Article: Solid Surfboards – meet Dan O’Hara, the man behind the dust mask.

Words: Corey Walter @ Fatwavephotography.com and facebook page: Fat Wave Photography

Cornelius Surfboards – with Rory Cornelius

Superstoked contributor Corey Walter did an exciting interview with Rory Cornelius recently, the man behind Cornelius Surfboards.

 

Rory is 28 years old, and was born in San Diego, he currently resides in Carlsbad, California – where he has devoted himself to honing his skills as a surfboard shaper and creating excellent surfboards.

 

How long will it take until we see the ASP tour surfers rippin’ it up on CS surfboards? Time will tell…

 

Tell us about yourself. Who is the man behind Cornelius Surfboards and how did you get into shaping?

RC:    I grew up in San Diego, California. Surfing from sunset cliffs to La Jolla to Encinitas, and I am currently living in Carlsbad, California. There was a natural progression through surfing experience that led me to design my own surfboards. I shaped my first board in 2004 but continued to ride other shapers boards until I started up the shaping business in 2012, and I chose to use my last name for the label. I always had an appreciation for surfboard shaping as an art and a good understanding of the board building process, so things just came naturally to me.

 

Cornelius Surfboards
Cornelius Surfboards

 

Who taught you how to surf?

RC: Basically self-taught for the first few years, out of pure stoke. Then I learned better moves from local surfers Shawn Hughes, Barney Sullivan, Micah & Isaac Wood, Kevin Connelly, and Tom Ortner. Surfing has given my life meaning, purpose and value.

 

Who is your favorite surfer?

RC: My favorite surfer is Billy Hamilton, for his surfing style on a triple stringer in powerful waves.

 

What kind of board do you prefer to shape and why?

RC: I shaped my first board in my friend’s backyard in 2004. We shaped a 9’4 Australian foil, and after that I was just hooked. The shapes of my boards are the most important things. I shape boards that work. I have certain design theories that I apply to each board. I like to shape single fins, but I’m also into performance boards – long or short. The most important thing I do is to devote myself to the board, making it the best it can be – every single time.

 

Fat Wave Photography
Fat Wave Photography – by Corey Walter

 

When did you get your first surfboard?

RC: I got my first surfboard in the mid 90’s. Since that I have been trying to live on a philosophy based on pure stoke and happiness. These days my local spot is Egors. I’m usually doing roundhouses on my 9’4.

 

Tell us about your surf team.

RC: Once I started building boards fulltime, there was a huge interest from the kids here in North County. There’s some guys that surf really good, and they like the boards that I’m building. So the company works to provide these guys with better boards, and we benefit from gathering the feedback.

 

What kind of music are you into?

RC:     I play piano and guitar, so I listen to songs that I’m trying to learn, mostly classic rock.

 

Rory Cornelius
Rory Cornelius

 

What do you love about being a surfboard shaper?

RC: My favorite thing about shaping surfboards is the thrill of creating new designs, and getting to see other people ride my shapes.

 

Where can SuperStoked Magazine Readers find more about you?

RC: Check out https://www.facebook.com/Shapesbycornelius and on instagram @cornelius_surf.

 

Words and pictures by Corey Walter @ Fat Wave Photography – check out the interview we did with Corey earlier, right HERE.

In the Lineup with Jonas Terning

Surfer, journalist and debut author, Jonas Terning, is out with his first novel: “Lineup”. The book is Sweden’s first surf novel, and features Jonatan – a young man who has had enough of the broken promises and unreciprocated love in his current Swedish habitat. He packs his bags and travels to the other side of the world; Australia. More specifically Manly, Australia. The place has such a vibrant surf community, and he is quickly drawn in by its charm – surfing, partying, beachlife and new found love.

 

What more could he ever want? Has he found paradise? Will the good times last forever – or will he, like Adam, be forced to leave the Garden of Eden?

 

We were lucky enough to exchange some words with Jonas Terning, who is just as friendly and fun-loving as he looks. Here goes:

 

In the lineup with Jonas Terning
In the lineup with Jonas Terning

 

Howdy Jonas! Well done with your new book “Lineup”! It has received great reviews, and deservingly so. How did you first come up with the idea of writing a surf novel?

J: In Sweden, there is a saying in fiction writing that kind of (bad) translates to ”dig where you stand”. This means writing on topics you already know a lot about. So when I in January 2010 decided to complete a novel I started digging right where I was standing. I myself have lived in Manly, surfed for over ten years and as a journalist I have written countless surf and travel articles from around the world. I know a lot about backpackers and the surf environment a lot of them are attracted to.

The term “surf novel” shows that it takes place in surfing circles, which is unique in Swedish literature, but the story itself – friendship, love, young adults discovering the world – could just as well take place on a diving school in Thailand. I think everyone who has been out traveling, or who are curious to get out and travel, will enjoy the book. A bit like Alex Garland’s ‘The Beach’ or Gregory David Roberts ‘Shantaram’.

Manly.
Manly. Photo: Sprout Daily

 

You lived in Manly, Australia for a while. What was it like, and is the main character in the book somewhat based on your own experiences?

J: Absolutely, I lived there for about seven months. That was ten years ago, but that time has probably influenced me a lot. 21, traveling alone, foreign country, foreign language … I learned much about myself and about others. The main character in the book is not based on me, but the parts of Sydney and Manly he is experiencing is the same parts that I experienced – the bars, the beaches, the waves, the shady apartment. I think many surfers will recognize themselves, whether they have been in Australia or not.

Lineup book release
Lineup book release

 

Where can Superstoked readers get a hold of your book? And when is it coming out in English?

J: You can buy it in all the major book stores in Sweden, and of course on the internet. I think these are the two cheapest options: Bokus (http://www.bokus.com/bok/9789137139968/lineup/) and Adlibris (http://www.adlibris.com/se/product.aspx?isbn=9137139967).

The publisher has not said anything about an English translation yet, but the book has only been out for two months. Hopefully it will happen later. Until then I am happy to provide tips on two amazing australian books for the English speaking surfer:

 

“Breath” by the incomparable Tim Winton is a growth story among waves and deserted beaches on the Australian countryside while “The Life” by Malcolm Knox is about a surf legends decline into drugs and psychosis, loosely based on Michael Peterson. Two must-reads for any surfer interested in books.

 

Recommended #1
“Breath” by Tim Winton.
#2
“The Life” by Malcolm Knox.

 

In the Lineup with Jonas Terning.

Lineup book cover.
Lineup book cover.

 

 

Good luck onwards, Jonas! Hope to see your book in the company of these two real soon.

 

The biggest surf mural in the world – by Hilton Alves

The biggest surf mural in the world is underway. An incredible art project started by Hilton Alves and Jessica Alves, with help from Hawyland Styles Gallery, volunteers and Honolulu community members.

 

We recently got the following press release from Hilton Alves, along with some exclusive sketches of the project. Here is the press release:

 

Artist to Paint the Largest Surf Art Mural in the World

… ” July 1st, 2013 – Artist Hilton Alves will partner with Hawyland Styles Gallery, volunteers and community members to complete the largest surf art mural in the world.

 

The concept of the approximately 14, 080 square feet mural is to bring the North Shore to the South Shore with an image depicting beautiful banzai pipeline, a colorful sunset and a sandy section where silhouettes of individuals will magnify the size of the waves. The final stages of the mural will include an interactive community art element where the young and old alike will have a chance to have their silhouette painted on the beach scene looking at the waves.

 

This mural is a celebration of Hawaii’s surf culture and acknowledgement of Hawaii being an ocean lovers and surfers mecca for the world.

 

This dream was born out of experiences Hilton has had with his Surf Art Kids Project.  Surf Art Kids is a social project designed to expose children and youth to environmental awareness and foster in them a respect and love for the ocean through art. Hilton has completed 13 murals on Oahu and has reached over 5,200 children through the project.

 

When the mural project at 1320 Kalani Street in Honolulu is scheduled, it will be completed within about 10 days. Organizers still need to raise funds, secure donations and volunteers, purchase supplies and book machinery. In an effort to complete this massive mural, organizers will raise $20,000 in funds and/or donations of needed materials, equipment, services or supplies to cover some of the estimated costs of the project. For more information, or to donate, you can visit www.theartofhilton.com . Please feel free to contact Hilton Alves at 382-2098,hilton@theartofhilton.com or www.facebook.com/hiltonalves if you would like to get involved and if you should have any further questions. ” …

 

The biggest surf mural in the world – by Hilton Alves. Sketch:

The biggest surf mural in the world - by Hilton Alves
The biggest surf mural in the world – by Hilton Alves (SKETCH)

 

This is what the biggest surf mural in the world will look like!

We are stoked to hear that it is going ahead, and hope you all get behind and support Hilton Alves plus the rest of his fantastic gang.

 

To see more of Hilton Alves’ work, you should check out the feature we did with him earlier this year:

HILTON ALVES (features some of his finest artwork)