The inspiring surfing life of Chris O'Rourke

June 25, 2012 | Surfing
Chris O'Rourke: talented and troubled surfer

The life of Chris O'Rourke could've been in a movie. The talented surfer from San Diego, California, has always dreamed he could be a world surfing champion.

"Child of the Storm" is a new surf book featuring the incredible life story of Chris O'Rourke, the iconic and prodigy surfer from La Jolla, who impressed his generation, during the 1970's and early 80's.

Authored and photographed by Kirk Lee Aeder, the new book tells how O'Rourke worked with the rise of professional surfing around that time. Surfing, life, friendships, turmoil, greatness, inspiration. Chris fits in and stands out.

The shy and young Irish boy from New Jersey soon flew from the East Coast to the shores of the Pacific Ocean to change his life forever. Water, salt and waves. Surfing proved to be the best sport for a young gun like O'Rourke.

Chris performed incredible maneuvers in the sea that defied the laws of gravity and inertia. He was convinced by others to humble his arrogance and speak with his skills - a potent combination that attracted many followers.

In 1975, at the tender age of 16, he became the highest ranking competitive surfer in the mainland United States. Around the world, professional surfing began to gather momentum. A bold few made their move to take part.

Chris found himself perched on the threshold of his dreams, poised to make history in the sport he loved, only to come face to face with his deadliest opponent ever: cancer.

Part hero and part villain. Chris O'Rourke inspired many surfers and he still does. "Child of the Storm" is more than a book. It may change your life and the way you deal with yours, forever.