About Surfing the Border

surfbordercoverMy new book, Surfing the Border: Adventures at the Edge of the Ocean is now out

I look forward to coming to a bookstore and city near you.

Here is a Description of Surfing the Border:

In his new book, Surfing the Border, longtime surfer, conservationist and Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina journeys into the world of surf culture and travels around the globe to highlight how surfing connects us to the scarce natural and cultural coastal niches that remain. Co-founder and executive director of WILDCOAST, an international conservation organization, Dedina has dedicated his life to protecting the coastline of California and Mexico.

Dedina is an award-winning conservationist who learned to surf in the 1970s in the border town of Imperial Beach, California, where he shared waves with colorful characters such as The Hulk and The Electric Duck. A former ocean lifeguard, he has lived and surfed in Mexico, El Salvador, Morocco, England, Spain, Peru, Australia, and France. These experiences, and his career as a coastal conservationist, form Dedina’s view of surfers as “outsiders on the edge of civilization who are able to experience life beyond borders.” For Dedina, his life of surf travel and living between borders has helped him to “find the original and unique among our increasingly crowded and homogenous world.”

Whether he is providing tips on how to stay sane and not go broke while raising kid surfers, discussing the rebirth of Baja as a global tourism destination or hiking through jungle mud pits in Mexico with his sons, in Surfing the Border, Dedina includes the correct combination of humor and insight into the rapidly evolving and global world of surfing. As Drew Kampion, author of Stoked!: A History of Surf Culture says, “Surfing the Border is the story of how Serge learned what he knows, what has fueled him and why he’s optimistic about the power of surfing to carry us through.”

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Praise for Surfing the Border:

“A powerful voice for the planet Serge Dedina is relentless in his pursuit of solutions. Surfing the Border is the story of how Serge learned what he knows, what has fueled him and why he’s optimistic about the power of surfing to carry us through.” —Drew Kampion, author of Stoked!: A History of Surf Culture

“Surfer, adventurer, activist—it’s a life trajectory many of us hope to emulate. In these keenly observed essays, Dedina unspools his own, deep journey from surf rat to change-maker, a ride that is as fun and provocative as it is profound.” —Kimball Taylor, author of The Coyote’s Bicycle

“The border zone of the USA and Mexico is lonely and beautiful. Serge Dedina knows this area intimately, and details it with wit, emotion and local knowledge.” —Benjamin Marcus, former editor for Surfer magazine and author of Surfing USA! An Illustrated History of the Coolest Sport of All Time

“Surfing the Border is a wild and fascinating ride that underscores why access to waves keep us working for a healthy ocean.” —Wallace J. Nichols, ocean conservationist and author of Blue Mind

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