Gloria's Gone: A So Cal Novel

Gloria's Gone: A So Cal Novel

by Frank Warren


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Steve Lund’s life is comprised of days spent surfing and nights on his 1950 Matchless G80 motorcycle, running his NQA (No Questions Asked) Messenger Service. He’s not interested in “working for the man” and not that keen on anything too strenuous, certainly not engaging in a search for a missing girl who’s left her nest and might be found anywhere along Southern California’s stretch of endless beaches.

In this rollicking jaunt through mid 1950s So Cal surf culture, Steve becomes an amateur sleuth, hunting for the missing Gloria Hess. He loads up his surf wagon, a trusty but rusty 1940s Ford panel truck, and hits the beaches north and south, from Santa Barbara’s El Capitan to San Diego’s Windansea. With a stash of Acapulco Gold to help spur memories of the missing teen, and the enticement of reward money from the girl’s worried father, Steve combs the coast and hits the waves in search of Gloria, her custom Velzy surfboard, and her ‘48 Chevy station wagon. He finds indifference and hostility from local cops, animosity from local surfers protecting their breaks, and gregarious, sometimes overly friendly females. With an eye for detail gained from his personal experience in the milieu, author Frank Warren immerses the reader in the local surfing culture that would soon influence the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997942309
Publisher: BrookTree Media
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Pages: 164
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Frank Warren's first salty taste of surfing in 1938, at age six, aboard a homemade tandem paddleboard in Long Beach, was the beginning of a lifelong love of the ocean waves. Bodysurfing at Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach in the late 1940s led to longboarding on a used Hobie pigboard during the mid-1950s at San Onofre and Huntington, the main surfing venues for Warren and his buddies. Frank is still bodysurfing and bellyboarding at his favorite spots on the North Shore of Oahu and Maui, at the age of eighty-four. Never too old to hit the waves for a cool ride.

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