Help Chris Ahrens Publish His Book on Windansea

Campaign Created by: Chris Ahrens

The funds from this campaign will be received by Chris Ahrens.

Goal: USD $5,000
Raised: USD $ 1,910

You may not know the name Lyn O'Rourke, but you will probably recognize her last name, O'Rourke. This is legendary surfer Chris O'Rourke's sister, and like her younger brother, she is facing some ser

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Windansea imitating Sunset
April 18, 2024
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I really thought this was Sunset Beach when photographer, Doug Moranville showed it to me. Riding the wave are two Windansea legends. I know it doesn't look like it, but that's David Rullo going right and Jack Lounsburry going left. Not sure who that is doing the no no of shoulder hopping Jack. Thanks Doug. 

The book is coming along nicely. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. 

I am posting the names of all who assisted in this project in the opening pages of the book. If you would like to the name of a child or grandchild listed there, instead, please let me know. Coming soon. Thanks,
Chris

The Young Man & The Sea Update #25
April 9, 2024
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If you've surfed Windansea for a while, you know or know of Scott Cherry. Scott is a longtime local and hardcore in everything he does. Coming from a long line of hardcore enforcer types, he has been extremely protective of those he loves. Sometimes, by his own admission, too protective. His purgatory on earth has been his Day at the Beach contributions where he brings kids from the 'hood to the beach to ride waves and help them find the right path. 

Scott is also a board fisherman, whose exploits in La Jolla are legendary. He once did battle with an 11-foot thresher shark. Check your macho at the door and read more about Scott Cherry, Butch Van Artsdalen, Brian Munoz, Brud McGowan and other hardcore Windansea locals. 

True stories coming soon in: Windansea: Life. Death. Resurrection

Thanks. Love. Blessings, Chris

Windansea immitating Sunset Beach, Hawaii
April 4, 2024
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When the photographer of this photo, Doug Moranville told me this photo was Windansea I could hardly believe it. The wave to me looks exactly like Sunset Beach, right. Going right is David Rullo. Guy furthest back on the left is Jack Lounsbury. Jack was not ranked among the best surfers, but was certainly among the most gutsy. They say he rode Pipeline at 50 years old. Not recommended BTW. 

Thanks everyone who has donated and even those who have not. Books coming soon. So Stoked! 

Chris

Need Help Printing
March 29, 2024
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Located a great printer for a great price. Now, I need a little more cash to get over the finish line. So thankful for all of your help so far. 

We are close to our goal.
March 27, 2024
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Many thanks and blessings on all of you, not only those who helped but those who can not. Having been there, I understand what it feels like to scrape by. We are within striking distance of our goal, and the writing part of the equation is nearly completed. I have some great photos from Jeff Divine, Mark Keller, Tom Keck and others who were onhand when Windansea seemed like the center of the universe. God bless you all.

The attached photo is of legendary filmmaker Bruce Brown's honorary member card. Kind of cool, huh.

Chris

Update #21
March 10, 2024
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Windansea Slideshow
March 10, 2024
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Windansea Slide Show
March 5, 2024
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Here is one of the photos Mark Keller gave me access to for Windansea: Life. Death. Resurrection. Take 30 seconds to get the feel.

Thanks. Love. Blessings,

Chris

Windansea president, Ostar, and legendary pioneer, Ekstrom join the team
January 15, 2024
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One of Windansea's top surfers of all time is organizing an event to talk story at his house. Those in attendance include some of Windansea standouts from the '70s and '80s, including Ostar, Tim Sennif, Tim Brolaski, and Mark Rhuel. 


Expect hard cover, first edition copies of Windansea: Life. Death. Resurrection by early summer. All of those who have helped make this project a reality will received signed copies as well as having their names in the "Thank You" section of the book, if they so desire. 

Thanks. Love. Blessings,

Chris

Can anyone identify this photo
December 18, 2023
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If you can identify the two surfers in the background, congratulations! That means you were not living under a rock when Mike Hynson, the blond guy, and Robert August, the other guy made waves internaionally with Bruce Brown's masterpiece, The Endless Summer. The other guy, I think is Bruce Brown, probably only in the shot to create symmetry. The location is the puzzler. Judging by the closed out shorebreak and tracked sand, you can be certain it is not Cape St Francis. Brown lived in Dana Point at the time, so my guess is either the adjacent Dana Strand, Salt Creek, or Poche. If you know, let us know. Evey if you don't know, you are welcome to help get us over the line. I have never had a book fall so easily into my lap. Hoping for copies by early summer 2024. Thanks. Love. Blessin

Ace photographer Jon Foster Joins Windansea book team
November 18, 2023
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Longtime La Jolla surfer/photographer has been a friend of mine for over 30 years. In that time he has proven to be one of the top lifestyle photogs in the surfing world. His photos of Windansea over the years bring out the personality of a unique place and a time decades past. Thanks in great part to Jon's contributions, WIndansea, Life. Death. Resurrection will be a chronicle unlike any to date. Thanks Fos

Except from Chapter One
November 14, 2023
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It was like a tidal wave had thrown the earth off its axis in November 1962. That’s when my older sister Jackie, who was hanging out with some hip "undesirables" at USC, brought home a record album called Surfer's Choice by Dale and His Deltones. Our parents were away, so she freely put the record onto the refrigerator-sized wooden hi-fi, cranked it up all the way, and jumpstarted my slumbering heart. The current traveled from the speakers, bypassed the brain, and drove an electrified spike into the heart. The beat harmonized perfectly with my alternately delusional and anxious teen dreams.

Jackie taught me something called the “Surfer Stomp.” This was done to a new musical form called surf music, a genre where Dale ruled as king. Every day after school from then on, I turned on and turned up Surfer's Choice while doing the Stomp or standing to imitate the stance of Dale, whose photo was featured on the cover of his album. I believed he was the greatest surfer in the world.

Turns out Dale was not much of a surfer. Still, he would become one of my top surf heroes after playing a free concert at my request. I had never met Dale, but World Champion surfer, Peter Townend had his number. Once I had that number, I blindly called Dale to explain that some friends and I were raising money for California's best surfer, my close friend, Chris O'Rourke. Later that week, Dale and his entire band played their hearts out at La Paloma Theater in Encinitas without asking for as much as few bucks for gas money. Earlier that day, the guitar legend had announced over the radio, "Any surfer who won't pay five bucks to help this kid isn't worth the wax he stands on." Dale may not have been the best surfer in the world, but he is one of my all-time favorites. Okay, I'm getting ahead of the story.

         I would have done better imitating the King of the Surf Guitar's radical new music than his elementary surfing style. Living inland, I had no idea about surfing, and there was one to teach me. All I possessed for instruction was that album cover, and that singular surf photo was like a YouTube tutorial for me. A few weeks later, I traded in $45-dollar from my paper route money for Wardy Surfboard. The board was good. I was not. I didn't know I was a kook, but everyone else did. I never turned to see them roll their eyes when I bragged about the waves I had never surfed in places I had never been to impress people I barely knew.

On the weekends when Dad couldn’t drive us to the beach, I hitchhiked to Huntington Pier. Once there, I attempted panhandling enough cash for a stack of pancakes at Huntington Beach's Buzz Inn, which I always figured was named for the flies it attracted rather than the easy pun. My 12-year-old brother Dave, who sometimes traveled with me, was my cash cow (more like a sacrificial lamb, really.) He was a cute kid, all blond, sweet, and friendly-looking to anyone who didn't know him. You simply couldn’t say no to him. Under threat of being pounded by me, he was ordered to approach a tourist, say that our dad had run out of gas, and ask if they could spare a nickel or a dime for gas money to get us home. The Oliver Twist act always landed 50 cents, maybe a buck, just enough to keep us from starving. Sadly, Dave quit the panhandle racket after a trip to Luanda Bay in Big Mike's woody. Once Dave scored the necessary cash that day, Mike repaid him by throwing his board off the cliff and making a beach fire with his and my clothes to stay warm while we surfed in the cold water.


Chris O'Rourke's sister Lynn Joins Windansea Project
November 11, 2023
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This is one way God does things. 

I needed a copy editor, and Lynn O'Rourke needed work in order to make ends meet after her stage 4 cancer diagnosis. Win. Win. Win! Squared! I will be setting up a GIveSendGo campaign for Lynn soon. She is an awesome woman who has helped people all of her life. I'm so glad to help give something back to my dear friend.

I've got blisters on my fingers
November 6, 2023
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Things are going well. The book is moving faster than I ever thought possible. Spoke to longtime Windansea local, Garth Murphy the other day. He told stories of Butch Van Artsdalen, Al Nelson and that amazing crew. Murphy, as many of you know, is schooled in archeology, and once wrote a classic book called "The Indian Lover" about the European founding of California, and the amazing Kumeyaay Tribe. I'm hoping for printed copies by early next summer. Thanks all for your support.

Thanks. Love. Blessings,

Chris

Amazing grace
November 5, 2023
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How sweet the sound of Waves. Birds. Voices of praise. Friends on the phone. Sorry if I haven't seen any of you for a while. The Windansea story has me so deep in its grip that I have a hard time making time for anything other than it while maintaining family, prayer and a little play time. You are such a blessing to me. I'll soon be sharing some of my recent interviews and some of the stories I have recently written.

Love. Thanks. Blessings

Chris

Windansea: Life. Death. Resurrection
October 29, 2023
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Guitar genius Andy Powers gave me some great advice. Well, not actually advice, but what he would probably do. After saying "I'm not very good at titles, Andy said, he would probably wait until the book was finished to see what to call it. Something like that, only more profound. if you know Andy...

I am so blessed to know all of you. Thanks for your wonderful suggestions.

Thanks. Love. Blessings

Windansea: Life. Death. Ressurection
October 27, 2023
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Book titles are tough for me and I can use your help. I am leaning to the title WIndansea, Life. Death. Resurrection. I like the way it sounds and lays on the page and also, it tells a bit about what to expect from this amazing story of transformed lives. Thank you for everything.

Thanks. Love. Blessings

Chris Ahrens

Work in Progress
October 27, 2023
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I've been writing every day and stoked to find many hours of tapes on Windansea from years ago. Some of them are from people long past. Amazing stories that will be included in the book. I am still working on the title and playing with some design concepts. Please give me your input.

Thanks. Love. Blessings

Chris

Still playing with title. Let me know your opinion. I'll be sharing some chapter excerpts soon.
October 27, 2023
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Goodness Wins!
October 24, 2023
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When were the arts, especially books and movies, hijacked by darkness? Then, the villain became a misunderstood genius, and the good guy a troubled fool. "Windansea. The Lives. The Lies. The Legends" gut punches that concept. A hardcore true story with a cheer for your life heartbeat, you no longer need choose only between sap-dripping romance and dagger-eyed horror. If you believe in the power of a good God to change the world, help support this gritty, true story of legends whose lives are truly eternal. Book and screenplay coming soon,

Man, that was a quick 75 years! What a Blessing!
October 22, 2023
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Reminds me of the best moment of my life when, at 19, I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. What a blessing He has been ever since. Thanks. Love. Blessings

New title. Deeper content
October 19, 2023
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After much prayer, contemplation and input from people like you, I have decided to expand "Salt Water Baptism" and rename it to "Windansea, The Lives. The Lies. The Legends. This will give it a chance to give conversion of Brew Brigg and Chirs Orourke context and make it all the more meaningful when they turn away from the insane lives they and their friends had been living. I will be updating everything and sending out a new video early next week. Until then, please pray for this project, pass this link on, and send a few bucks our way, if possible. 

Thanks. Love. Blessings,

Chris Ahrens

Windansea, The Lives. The Lies. The Legends
October 17, 2023
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The campaign is going well. If you consider other sources of crowd funding, we have almost hit our goal of $5,000. Thank you one and all. Please know that this story is mean to deliver the gospel message to people in a unique way. I am taking a slightly new direction and expanding the story to include a history of the legendary surf spot, Windansea. Here's where I can use your help. Do you think I should leave the title as: Saltwater Baptism, a Tale of Two Surfers, change it to: Windansea, The Lives. The Lies. The Legends, or Windanse: Lovers, Liars & Legends? Please pray for this project, pass it on and donate whatever you can.

Thanks. Love. Blessings, Chris Ahrens

Windansea Will Be The Star
October 16, 2023
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Realizing there's far more to this story, I'm expanding it a bit. Rather than focusing exclusively on surfers of the '70s-'80s, I am expanding it to tell the stories of those who came before: Woody Brown, Dorian Paskowitz, Woody and Carl Ekstrom, Bob Simmons, Butch Van Artsdalen, Mike Hynson, Tom Ortner, Jon Close, David Rullo. I am too stoked to sleep!

Windansea Will Be The Star
October 16, 2023
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Realizing there's far more to this story, I'm expanding it a bit. Rather than focusing exclusively on surfers of the '70s-'80s, I am expanding it to tell the stories of those who came before: Woody Brown, Dorian Paskowitz, Woody and Carl Ekstrom, Bob Simmons, Butch Van Artsdalen, Mike Hynson, Tom Ortner, Jon Close, David Rullo. I am too stoked to sleep!

The Blessings of Chris O'Rourke
October 6, 2023
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When I first met Chris O'Rourke, he yelled at me to leave the water. Now, he wasn't yelling at anyone. A tumor the size of a softball had been removed from his brain, and he was months away from having a plate installed in his skull. After a night of wondering how I would resolve a brutal argument with my first wife, I walked home to find the house empty of everything worthwhile, including our six-month-old child. My entire life lay before me in ruins. Then came a phone call from Chris. When I told him what had happened. he authoritatively said, "Stay right there." Half an hour later, he was at my door, helping me pack up my clothes into his VW. Once back at his house, he lifted his 18-month-old son, Timmy, from his crib and put him into the room with him and his wife. He stayed up late with me, crying and never complaining about the cruel life had sent him while still in his teens, on the eve of his leap into pro surfing.  He stayed up with me until I fell asleep. The next day he woke me early, offering breakfast and whatever board I wanted from his quiver.

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