Many people have lamented the pollution and outright loss of beaches along the coasts of California and Mexico, but very few people have fought on behalf of beaches as hard—or as successfully—as
Serge Dedina. Whether taking on an international conglomerate or tackling a state transportation agency, Dedina is truly an eco-warrior. In this sparkling collection of articles, many written for
popular magazines, Dedina tells the stories as only an insider could. He writes with a firm grasp of facts along with an advocate's passion and outrage. Sprinkled with just the right mix of humor and
surf lingo, Dedina's writing is "weapons grade"—surfer speak for totally awesome.
The book gives a shoreline a view of the history of great wave riders and their evolution from surfers to activists. It's also a first-hand account of battles won and lost against poachers, politicians, private companies and government agencies. Wild Sea is a fantastic read for all ages.
--Imperial Beach Patch
In Wild Sea
, Serge Dedina tells the true story of a wondrous world that's become his life's work. Dedina's eloquent narrative leads us on a harrowing journey through the complex and evolving realities of a threatened and forgotten land.
--Drew Kampion, author of The Way of the Surfer: Living It 1935 to Tomorrow
Dedina grew up in Imperial Beach, California, just north of the Mexican border, and he feels equally at
home in Mexico and the States. An expert on gray whales, he eloquently describes the fight he helped to lead against the Mitsubishi Corporation, whose plan to build a salt-processing plant in the San
Ignacio Lagoon in Baja California would have destroyed the world's last undeveloped gray whale lagoon. With similar fervor, Dedina describes helping to construct the unlikely coalition that succeeded
in defeating a proposed toll road that would have decimated a legendary California surf spot. In between, he writes about the first surfers in Baja, the Great Baja Land Rush of the 1990s, Tijuana's
punk music scene, the pop-culture wrestling phenomenon lucha libre, the reasons why ocean pollution must be stopped, and the way HBO took over his hometown. Anyone interested in what's happening to
our natural places or just yearning to read about someone really making a difference in the world will find this a book worth sinking their teeth into.