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  • Hachette Australia
  • Hachette Australia

Biography, Biography: general, Autobiography: general, Biography: sport, Autobiography: sport, Memoirs, Prose: non-fiction

'Richie is one of the most inspiring people I've ever met, and his story is testament to the healing power of the ocean.' Kelly Slater

Goes surfing, beats cancer. One man's inspirational story.

Richie Lovett might be the world's unluckiest surfer . . . or its luckiest. We're not quite sure which.

He's been attacked by a shark, washed into the Indonesian jungle by a tsunami, before finally being diagnosed with cancer. Unlucky? Possibly. One thing we know for sure, Richie Lovett is a survivor; he's still here today, and what hasn't killed him has only made him stronger.

When doctors told him the cancer in his leg was buried so deep he'd never surf again, Richie one of the world's best surfers begged to differ. After radical surgery to rebuild his leg, Rich set about the challenge of learning to surf all over again, discovering plenty about life, and himself, in the process.

THE BIG SEA is one of sport's most inspiring stories. But you don't have to be a surfer or a sportsperson to know what it feels like to confront challenges. This is vital reading for anyone who's had to face adversity or felt like they were about to be wiped out.

Engagingly honest, Richie Lovett shows us that attitude is everything.

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Sean Doherty

Sean Doherty began his career with surf journalism in 1997 with Tracks magazine and became editor in 2000. His 2004 biography on surf legend Michael Peterson was the basis for an upcoming feature film and he has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, Surfer and Surfing magazines in the US, as well surfing magazines in other parts of the world.