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The East Coast still mourns the death of First Peak—eight years later. David Morris reviews Susan Casey’s “The Wave: In Pursuit of Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean”; documentary film “God Went Surfing With the Devil” by Alexander Klein reveals surfing in the Holy Land by Malcolm Johnson; Gavin Ehringer’s Q & A interview with author Peter Heller for his recent book, “Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave”; Curtain Call by Russell Ord showcasing Russ Bierke at Austalia’s “Spot X.” Surfing Around: Sam Cody chronicles his career as a surfboard artist/airbrusher/colorist; Nacho Felix’s “Tribe of the Waves,” book review relates how surfing came to Mexico; Russell Hughes’ passing by Andrew Mckinnon; Off-the-Lips with Tom Morey and Kelly Slater. Liner Notes: The back story on this issue’s “The Internationalists” by Kimball Taylor, “The Dan Price Chronicles”, and Taylor Paul’s “Keep the Change.”