Surfers’ Blood

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Editorial Reviews


“Patrick Trefz’s book Surfer’s Blood encapsulates the thrill and bliss surrounding surfing and surf culture.”

“It’s precisely that chameleon-like personality and subtle, informed manner of approaching the world that makes Trefz such a valuable asset in our little surfing bubble […] Need I even tell you how vital Surfers’ Blood is to your aquatic book collection?”
-Nick McGregor, Eastern Surf Magazine

“A gorgeous collection of portraits, action shots and ocean-scapes, Surfer’s Blood, is an intimate, gritty take on surf culture all around the world.”
-Ralph Lauren’s Rugby blog

“Trefz’s images ultimately show that what draws people into surfing – and keeps them there – is a unique combination of sensations rarely found elsewhere.”

“In his methodical way he’s amassed an impressive array of images, ranging from the Curren family at work and play, a skinnier, pre-jujitsu Joel Tudor, as well as his unusual cast of Santa Cruz cretins and lineups.”
The Surfer’s Journal

“‘Surfers’ Blood’ is a book that surfers and non-surfers alike could spend ample time with. The skill and breadth of photographic knowledge is evident in Trefz’s adept use of film […] Like a painter, his images are thoughtfully composed. And with an intuitive feel for what’s meaningful to the greater surfing populous, his subject matter is relevant and interesting.”

About the Author

Patrick Trefz was born in the industrial city of Dusseldorf, Germany and currently lives and works in Santa Cruz, California. Patrick is an award winning art, documentary, and action photographer and filmmaker. He has worked internationally with publications including Surfer, Big, Geo, and The New York Times, and is the author of Santa Cruz: Visions of Surf City (SolidPublishing, 2002) and Thread (powerHouse, 2009). He has also directed multiple music videos and shorts, as well as two feature-length documentary films, Thread (2007) and Idiosyncrasies (2010).

Margaret Cohen hails from New York City. She teaches in the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University and holds the Andrew B. Hammond Chair of French Language, Literature and Civilization. She is the author of multiple books, including Profane Illumination (University of California Press, 1995) and most recently, The Novel and the Sea (Princeton University Press, 2010). When she is not teaching or writing, she spends her time in and around Monterey Bay.

Joel Patterson grew up surfing and skateboarding in Newport Beach, California. In 1994, he was hired as an assistant editor at Transworld Skateboarding magazine where he worked for over six years, ultimately becoming its editor. In 2000, he became editor in chief at Transworld Surf, and spent the next seven years there. In 2008, he jumped ship and took the helm at Surfer magazine. Patterson now lives in Los Angeles and works as both Surfer’s editor-at-large and as a freelance writer when he’s not obsessing with Malibu’s First Point.

Rusty Long’s home break is Trestles in San Clemente, California. For the past 10 years, his passions for adventure and “elevated sensation” have led him all over the world—often to the outer fringes. He searches out extraordinarily large waves of power and beauty, and rides them with a close-knit, international group of friends who are widely considered this style of surfing’s elite. He recognizes the good fortune he’s been afforded through this life as a professional surfer and uses his camera and words to share his unique visions and thoughts. Much of Rusty’s work has been published in major surf media outlets. He enjoys life in the moment and appreciates the wonderful connections he makes with people and nature every day.

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