Surfer says he’s an open book for audiences

West Coast surfing legend Frosty Hesson has given up the water for a monthlong tour of the Southwest to promote his book “Making Mavericks: The Memoir of a Surfing Legend.”

Hesson will be in Grand Junction for a book signing and discussion from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2451 Patterson Road.

His book with writer Ian Spiegelman was the inspiration for a 2012 movie “Chasing Mavericks,” starring Gerard Butler.

Hesson said he’s been through Grand Junction once before and is looking forward to his stop here. He has no planned presentation and wants anyone who comes out to see him to ask questions about the book or his experiences surfing and teaching.

“That’s the adventurous part of my little tour,” Hesson said. “I get asked the greatest things.”

Hesson, like many in western Colorado, loves to snowboard and ride mountain bikes. But surfing is his first love.

Hesson’s memoir was released in October 2012 and chronicles his turbulent youth, hardships as an adult and how all the trials in his life empowered him to change his life, according to his publicist at Regal Literary.

“Surfing is the most complicated of sports,” he said. “I don’t know if you ever master it. With anything you begin to become competent at, there is so much more to learn. For me, I’ve been so incredibly fortunate in that I found something that was such a great athletic endeavor and proved to be such a wonderful lifestyle.”


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