When I got home from dinner out last night, Jaimal Yogis, the author of Saltwater Buddha (and many other great San Francisco surf stories) was at my house, dropping off a copy of his novel. He's in Oregon for a few book readings and scoring a little surf along the way. The guy's just as cool as I imagined he'd be. Mellow, despite the fact that his car had just overheated. Blown away by a session he'd gotten in Southern Oregon. Awestruck by the kindness of us Portland folk. I haven't read his book yet, but I'm already loving the first few lines:
"The ocean is in constant flux, and when you spend a lot of time in it you become like a floating bottle with a message inside; you know you're going somewhere, sense you have a purpose, but you also know you're at the mercy of the the winds and currents, that surrendering may be your only good option. Lately I've been surfing a lot..."
For us valleys, he'll be doing a book reading on July 2 at Powell's on Hawthorne.
You can read some of the reviews of Saltwater Buddha HERE.
Check out some more writings of Jaimal's HERE.