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Surfing in Heaven. Outrageous thought… Or is it?

Growing up in Southern California in the 1960s, this true story chronicles the unique surfing community which shaped Mike and his life-long desire to find the perfect wave. 

The surfing culture Mike grew up with soon clashed with his adult career when he relocated to Silicon Valley in 1990 to become a cog in the technological revolution that birthed the internet. The opportunities were endless, but so was the work!

Mike rode the Silicon Valley Express train for twenty-five years, struggling daily to integrate work with life as he raised a family and learned to surf the icy waters of Northern California. Then, at 62 years old, his world turned upside down.

Surfing in Heaven is a journey of hope amidst the daily battles we all face at work and beyond. For anyone who dreams about surfing, this book is for you!

Surfing in Heaven (1 min. video)

Below is an outline of the book — with links to each chapter (draft!).

Prologue – Waxing Up:
This life on earth is a time of preparation (to wax up) for the ride of our life in Heaven.

1st Wave – Longboards to Shortboards
The rapid transition in surfing from longboards in the 1950s to the shortboard revolution of the late-1960s.
   1. Malibu and the Greatest Generation
   2. Crown of the Sea
   3. San Onofre Surfing Club
   4. Mexican Miracle
   5. Leisure Society

2nd Wave – Eight Feet, Cold, and Glassy
Riding high on the technology wave in Silicon Valley while discovering the best wave (and rides!) of my life at Steamer Lane.
   6. Riding the Wave in Silicon Valley
   7. Circle of Life
   8. The Spirit of Char
   9. Peace of Mind
   10. Hodads

3rd Wave – The Perfect Sunset
The passing of dad (Kona Jack) and the legacy he left the grandchildren.
   11. Lessons for the Grandchildren

4th Wave – Stoked!
New beginnings after being laid off from Oracle at age 62 and learning to listen within.
   12. New Beginnings
   13. The 2X4
   14. Slow Down

5th Wave – Paradise
God’s promise of heaven and the wonder that awaits us there.
   15. Begin With The End In Mind
   16. Opening Day in Paradise
   17. Heaven Can’t Wait
   18. Tides of Evidenc

6th Wave – Rock Dance
Learning to surf without a leash.
   19. Surfing Without a Leash
   20. “We don’t do email …”
   21. Marathon Faith
   22. “A Lotta Shit …”
   23. STOP and Smell The Roses

7th Wave – The Green Room
My vision of surfing in heaven. It will be better than we can imagine!
   24. Surfing in Heaven

8th Wave – Kicking Out
Knowing my future is secure in heaven as I prepare to kick out.
   25. The Future is Secure
   26. Kicking Out