Craig Peterson & Kevin Naughton Author Event


Craig Peterson & Kevin Naughton

Authors of Search for the Perfect Wave

Thursday, February 23rd at 7pm

If you ever wondered what hardcore surf travel is all about, Search for the Perfect Wave is your ticket to visit the world with a board and backpack under your arm.

Vol 1 is a large format book featuring 224 pages packed with over 400 never-before-seen photos by Craig Peterson, new stories by Kevin Naughton, plus excepts from the SURFER magazine articles, maps used on their trips, personal archives and details covering Naughton-Peterson’s surf-travel-misadventures in the 70’s and 80’s

This is their story, personally curated and told in their own words and pictures, of a decade in search of the perfect wave.

Vol. 1 Features:

  • Over 400 never-before-seen photos by Craig Peterson
  • New writing by Kevin Naughton
  • True stories behind the classic surf travel photos
  • Tales from the SURFER mag travel articles
  • Maps used on their trips
  • Archival notes, letters and more



“A pinned-throttle globe trot with surfing’s favorite explorers, “Search For The Perfect Wave” is a surf library must-have.” —Scott Hulet, Editor, The Surfer’s Journal

“Kevin Naughton and Craig Peterson headed south on a series of Central American adventures in the early 1970s, driving Volkswagens through mud and over sand, and the articles they published in Surfer magazine inspired countless others to follow. Now Naughton and Peterson have compiled those original articles—along with many more anecdotes and photos—in the first volume of Search for the Perfect Wave, a gorgeous book that shows life in and out of the water for the two happy-go-lucky misadventurers and their ne'er-do-well buddies.” —Keith Plocek writes about visual art and culture for LA Weekly, ARTnews, Vice and The Village Voice.

"Kevin Naughton and Craig Peterson are two surfers who defined surf travel in the early 1970's. They set off with a board each and rough maps, heading for the most remote possible places in West Africa and beyond, all for the quest of undiscovered surf spots. They felt the flow of travel, and they breathed in the air of the countries they visited, writing the odd mystical surf story for SURFER magazine, sending down the occasional alluring image of a wave breaking off a shipwreck, in front of a mile-high sand dune, or at the bottom of a sheer cliff." —Craig Jarvis, Tracks magazine

Surfline 1/13/2016

KCET 3/11/2016

Drift Magazine (UK) 4/4/16

Please join us for an incredible surf evening with Craig and Kevin.  RSVPs are appreciated.  Please call 310-318-0900 or email

Event date: 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:00pm
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