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PIERS of the CALIFORNIA COAST

Travel the Beautiful California Coast

#1 Best Seller - Pages Bookstore - Manhattan Beach

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Book Exchange during a visit to Book Passage, Ferry Building, San Francisco. Barbara pictured with Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER - 2 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE

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EXCERPT: A PIER is a folly, a highway to nowhere. Whether lined with fishermen or filled with the cries and clattering of a roller coaster, whether thick with the aromas of hot dogs and fries or freshly gutted fish, they are there for nothing but the pleasure of humanity.

Review by Deb Wong: I had never given much thought to the existence of piers, until this book. Somehow, I always took them for granted, including their part in defining California culture. What brought them to life were the sumptuous photographs and superlative descriptions of each individual pier, including their history and uses. Author Ed Grant had the wisdom to choose writers and photographers who knew these piers by "heart", it seems. Most of the piers are located in Southern California, and some are famous, especially the Malibu Pier, which makes its cameo appearance in classic Hollywood surf films, high-fashion photo shoots, and as a backdrop for many surfing legends.
As a Northern Californian who has not spent much time in the southern part of my state, I have only stood on two of the piers, so it was a revelation for me as to how many there are - and how each one differs from the other. The original intent, plus the attractions and features of the piers have changed through the years. It is interesting to read that certain piers were originally meant to disguise sewage pipes, or served as a docking stations for vessels. Along the way, some piers featured ferris wheels, aquariums, dancing halls, shops or restaurants. Fishing from a pier is a major use, of course. But instead of writing a book here myself, I challenge the reader of this review to enjoy the book for themselves. The character of each description is also a treat - "surfer's" terminology in one, to historically concise in another. The love and enjoyment of these structures comes through loud and clear in this "peerless" book on piers.

Review by Molly Lavik, Founder, Menor Insight, Inc.: I highly recommend you purchase Ed Grant's new book titled, Piers of the California Coast. Ed has created the first ever historical book on California's iconic piers. The book features some of the best photography ever taken of these piers accompanied by historical antidotes never before gathered in one compilation. Readers get a truly virtual tour of the breath taking California coastline adorned with some of the most remarkable piers in the world. I highly encourage you to dive into this book that not only will be a welcome addition to your coffee table book collection but also to your enjoyable reading book list and personal library block busters!

Review by John Fry, Contributing Author: When I was asked to write the chapter on Crystal Pier I had no idea that Piers of the California Coast would turn out to be such a gorgeous book.  The author hired a helicopter to take the photos he used.  See below to look at the photos -- and find out where to purchase the book.

Review by Dan Haifley

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Book Signing: Pages Book Store, 904 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 Contact: 310 318.0900 or 310 318.0944

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Book Signing: The Villages, San Jose, November 14, 2014

"The Family"

The Guests

Book Signing: Almaden Valley Athletic Club, December 1 & 2, 2014

Book Signing: Half Moon Bay History Association, February 3, 2015


Listen to Grant Washburn's well spoken words about the women who catch waves at Mavericks, one of the most feared and respected big wave spots in the world.

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Piers of the California Coast is available at the following locations:

Apostrophe Books, Belmont Shores

Book Passage - Ferry Building Marketplace, San Francisco

Book Passage - Corte Madera

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Bart’s Books, Ojai

Bibbey's Shell Shop, Imperial Beach

Bookshop, Santa Cruz

BookSmart: MIND FUEL FOR ALL AGES, Morgan Hill

Book Works, Pacific Grove

Coastside Books, Half Moon Bay

the Crows Nest, Santa Cruz Harbor

Current Events Newsstand, Manhattan Beach

DIVE N SURF,  Hermosa Beach

HICKLEBEE'S: Where Books Come Alive!

Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego

Made in Santa Cruz

Mavericks Surf Shop, Half Moon Bay

Pages Book Store, Manhattan Beach

Pilgrim's Way Books, Carmel

RIVER HOUSE BOOKS, Crossroads Center, Carmel

Sam’s Chowder House, Gift Shop, Half Moon Bay

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Sea Center

Stanford University Book Store, Palo Alto

Surf N Wear's Beach House, Santa Barbara

The Ritz Carlton Signature Shop, Half Moon Bay

Upstart Crow Bookstore & Coffeehouse, Seaport Village, San Diego

Urban Americana, Long Beach

Village House of Books, Los Gatos

Waterleaf Interiors, Manhattan Beach

Order direct from the author: Ed Grant 650.888.9908

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C O N T R I B U T O R S

Debra Bronow is a writer and consultant to non-profit organizations. Born in California, she grew up near beaches (and sometimes piers) in the South Pacific and Northwestern Alaska, with regular trips back to visit grandparents – and piers – in Southern California. She has been a writer and artist since early childhood. She lives in Southern California, somewhere between the 405 freeway and the beaches of the South Bay, with her husband, two sons, and a standard poodle. She still believes there is no better treat in the world than a Balboa Bar on a hot summer day.

Serge Dedina is the Executive Director of WILDCOAST, an international conservation team that conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife. His articles and essays on Imperial Beach have been published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Longboard Magazine, and the Voice of San Diego. He is the author of Saving the Gray Whale, Wild Sea and the forthcoming Surfing the Border. In recognition of his conservation achievements, Serge was awarded the San Diego Zoological Society’s Conservation Medal, the California Coastal Commission’s Coastal Hero Award and the Surf Industry Manufacturer’s Association Environmentalist of the Year Award. Serge grew up in Imperial Beach, worked as an ocean lifeguard there in the 1980s and later as a State of California Lifeguard, and  can still be found surfing by the pier when the waves are good.

Christie Forshey has enjoyed residing in several beach cities- Torrance, Long Beach, Redondo Beach and Santa Barbara. Christie is an educator and writer who enjoys spending time with her husband Jeff and three children, Theo, Nina and Ruby.  Christie earned her Master’s Degree at Pepperdine University and completed her undergraduate work in Creative Writing at CSULB.  She is a published poet.  Christie is great friends with Ed Grant’s daughter, Alisha, who met and became roommates in Long Beach and later reunited in Manhattan Beach!  The beach has brought and kept us together.

John Fry is the President of the Pacific Beach Historical Society.  Not quite a native San Diegan, he grew up in what used to be called East San Diego, graduated from San Diego State in 1966 and taught school beginning in 1968.  He moved to Pacific Beach in 1970 and, in 1979, he left teaching and co-founded the Pacific Beach Historical Society.  He self-published A Short History of Pacific Beach  and A Short History of Crystal Pier.  He is also the author of Images of America: Pacific Beach, issued by Arcadia Publishing.

Sam George, former senior editor for Surfing magazine and former editor-in-chief of SURFER magazine has written and/or directed a number of acclaimed surfing documentaries, including Riding Giants, Pipeline Masters, The Lost Wave: An African Surf Story, Hollywood Don’t Surf, and The Legend of Eddie Aikau. Sam has written and edited more than half a dozen books on the subject of surfing, including Surfing: A Way Of Life, Surfing, Tom Blake: Surfing 1922-1932, The Perfect Day: 40 Years of SURFER Magazine, Surf Life. SURFER 50, and The Big Juice. A former professional competitor Sam was also one of the pioneers of stand-up paddle surfing and is currently the Senior Editor of SUP Magazine. He still competes in various stand-up paddle surf races, accruing a number

John Hinkle born in Dallas Tx, raised in Houston, a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, BA communications, Journalism, 1979. First worked as sports writer for the Baytown Sun, Baytown Texas and spent time surfing nearby Galveston. Moved to the hill country of Austin Texas working as a copy editor for the Austin American Statesman before finally relocating to Los Angeles in 1982 working for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. A career shift in 1984, joining IATSE Local 729, Hinkle has worked the last 30 years as a scenic artist for motion pictures and television and became a member of the MALIBU SURFING ASSOCIATION in 2005 serving as MSA President since 2012. He has two sons, Austin and Jesse, who grew up surfing the waves of First Point, Malibu.

Cathy and Don Inglesias have lived close to the beach in Santa Cruz since the late 1970s. Don has been surfing for over 50 years and still loves the power and rhythm of the waves. Cathy and Don, along with a core group of Santa Cruz surf families, began the Santa Cruz Woodies Car Club in 1993, at a collective gathering, in their living room.  The car club is still going strong after 20 years. They share their passion for old cars and the beach lifestyle and hope to do so for another 50 years.

Iris King was born and raised in Santa Barbara County. She joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves when she was 17 and served for 8 years. During that time she attended UCSB and became a California State Lifeguard. In 2007 she was offered a permanent Peace Officer position with State Parks and currently works as a Permanent Lifeguard along the Gaviota Coast. In her spare time she enjoys surfing, fishing, diving and gardening.

Larry Krueger is an instructor of Communication Studies courses for over 25 years at local Southern California colleges and universities and has won numerous academic awards.  He lived in Seal Beach for over 30 years and now lives in Belmont Shore.  He is a waterman who loves to surf, fish, and spearfish Baja and the local waters.  Most importantly, he is a husband and father teaching his children to love the sea, learning, and life.

Steve Long is a retired State Park Lifeguard Chief who oversaw lifeguard services at Doheny, San Clemente and San Onofre State Beaches for 30 years.  A life long surfer, he began frequenting the beaches in San Clemente in 1961, raising a family there from 1978 to the present. An armchair historian, he volunteers his time presenting stories and preparing exhibits for the San Onofre Parks Foundation in San Clemente.

Marikay Grant Lindstrom is the big sister to author Ed Grant.  They have a baby sister, Anita Elliott who lives in Oregon.  The two older siblings frequently told Anita she was adopted just to see her cry.  Their father Andrew Grant was a WWII aviator,  Marikay the only one in the family to get flying genes, lives in Santa Paula, California, very near the Santa Paula Airport, owns two small aircraft a pink Piper Cherokee and a Citabria.  Each week she and husband Bill along with precocious little dog Lily fly to a second home in Big Bear, California.   It was at the high altitude Big Bear Airport she flew Charter and was the airport Chief pilot.  She is a member of the Ninety-Nines, International Organization of Women Pilots, an airplane racer and recipient of Professional Pilot of the year for Orange County Chapter.altitude Big Bear Airport she flew Charter and was the airport Chief pilot.  She is a member of the Ninety-Nines, International Organization of Women Pilots, an airplane racer and recipient of Professional Pilot of the year for Orange   County Chapter.

Randie Marlow, lifelong resident of coastal California whose photographs have long been favorites of visitors and residents. She is the owner of Images and Digital Design, a full service design and photography business. Images and Digital Design has recently celebrated its11th year in business. Randie’s favorite subjects to shoot range from the wildflowers of Half Moon Bay, to breeding bird colonies of the Devil’s Slide Trail, from boats moored in the fog at Princeton Harbor to newborn harbor seals and migrating whales at Pigeon Point Lighthouse. She can be reached at itsamarlow@gmail.com

Frank Quirarte, photographer extraordinaire and all around waterman. Frank’s work has graced the cover and pages of all the finest surfer publications around the world. His list of accomplishments go well beyond the surf industry; from his service in the military to his heroic actions rescuing survivors in New Orleans, Louisiana after Katrina. Frank always puts safety before his photography. He has probably made more rescues at Mavericks than anyone else! His actions have saved countless lives, including Greg Long out at Cortez Bank.

Mike Wallace has pulled in deep to surf subjects ranging from the origins of the wetsuit to computer-aided surfboard design for various blogs and publications, including Surfpulse, Good Times and the Half Moon Bay Review. Based in Moss Beach, California, Mike has shaped surfboards for several years under the ‘Iconoclast’ label in the never-ending search for the optimal combination of retro outlines and modern bottom contours to give more mature surfers a leg up over their younger rivals. He is also the head coach of the Half Moon Bay High Surf Team and has spent several seasons caravanning up and down the California coast in the lee of the state’s piers coaching his two groms Konrad and Kaira. This has informed his unique perspective on ‘Piers of the California Coast’ as a window into regional surf culture. By trade he is a market strategist for Action Economics and has been posted in Washington, London and Bay Area covering the international financial markets for the past two decades.

Tracey Thomasson is a graphic designer and art director living in Manhattan Beach, CA. She is passionate about good design and considers herself a typography aficionado. Tracey loves the beach lifestyle and has lived within walking distance of the Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan Beach piers for her entire life..

Stuart Thornton had the good fortune to experience a lot of the California Coast’s finest piers while researching his Moon Coastal California guidebook in 2012.  The Marina based writer got better acquainted with the piers while working with the charismatic Ed Grant on this book. In addition to Moon Coastal California, Stuart is the author of Moon Santa Barbara & The Central Coast and Moon Spotlight Cambria & San Simeon. He also contributes to National Geographic Education, the Monterey County Weekly and Relix Magazine.

Grant Washburn, world-class big wave surfer,  was featured in the Imax film  Adventures in Wild California, and  the award winning surf documentary,  Riding Giants.  He was the Surf Coordinator on Chasing Mavericks, the story of iconic big wave surfer Jay Moriarty.  Washburn co-wrote & edited the large format  book  Inside Maverick’s, Portrait of a Monster Wave.  Washburn is currently competing in the Big Wave World Tour as well as doing the color commentary.

Avila Pier

Port San Luis

Avila Pier

Balboa Pier

Balboa Pier

Belmont Pier

Belmont Pier

Capitola Pier

Capitola Pier

Capitola Pier

Cayucos Pier

Crescent City Pier

Crescent City Pier

Crystal Pier

Crystal Pier

Goleta Pier

Goleta Pier

Harford Pier Avila Beach

Port San Luis

Hermosa Beach Pier

Hermosa Beach Pier

Port Hueneme Pier

Huntington Beach Pier
Imperial Beach Pier

San Diego

Imperial Beach Pier

Imperial Beach Pier

Malibu Pier
Manhattan Beach Pier

Newport Beach Pier
Pacifica Pier
Pismo Beach Pier
Point Arena Pier

Redondo Beach Pier

Redondo Beach Pier

San Clemente Pier
San Simeon Pier

San Simeion Pier

Santa Cruz Wharf
Santa Monica Pier
Scripps Pier
Seacliff Pier

Seacliff Pier

Seal Beach Pier
Stearns Wharf

Santa Barbara

Trinidad Pier

Venice Pier
Ventura Pier
Oceanside Pier
Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego

Ocean Beach Pier

Gaviota Pier