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Remembering Who is Who on Earth Day, from That Golden Shore
April 23, 2021 -More

Happy Earth Day, from That Golden Shore...      "I would run by her what I’d come up with after countless days and nights and weeks in the mountains and...

J.D. Kleinke - Uncategorized
You Cannot Surf Away Your Demons: Surfing’s Lost Boys Grow Up in Momentum Generation
May 2, 2019 -More

“All these problems were happening in my life, and the only time I felt really good was when I was surfing,” Shane Dorian says in the somber opening solo...

J.D. Kleinke - Uncategorized
The Drowned Coast: Review of RC Shaw’s Louisbourg or Bust
April 7, 2019 -More

Hot off the presses. My review of RC Shaw's surf memoir, Lousibourg or Bust, is in the reviews section in the back, page 123. And because this is a...

J.D. Kleinke - Uncategorized - Canadian surfing
Remembering Kurt Cobain, Remembering Everything
April 5, 2019 -More

Three days short of twenty-five years ago, I was working late as usual, so I didn’t hear the news until I got into my truck and turned on the...

J.D. Kleinke - Uncategorized - Kurt Cobain; punk rock
The G-Word: A Review of Jaimal Yogis’ All Our Waves are Water
November 7, 2018 -More

The full-length version of J.D. Kleinke's review in the current print edition of The Surfers Journal(Oct 2018) Name-dropping in the lineup is always a risky move, especially if the...

J.D. Kleinke - Uncategorized
There’s No Crying in Surfing
September 23, 2018 -More

There’s No Crying in Surfing: New Film Revisits the Complicated Legacy of Andy Irons One of the now standard shots in adventure film is to start with a solitary...

J.D. Kleinke - Uncategorized
Andy Irons Kissed by God: TGR’s Tribute to the Vincent Van Gogh of Surfing
August 17, 2018 -More

My Andy Irons piece just went live on The Inertia, at If you’re curious for more, here's the trailer … Fourteen weeks after seeing the movie, this feels...

J.D. Kleinke - Uncategorized
Western Swing
August 14, 2018 -More

The American West is a blank canvas. It is a vault of sky, an infinity of light, a sun-blanched stage bounded by horizon stretching wide enough to show the...

J.D. Kleinke - Uncategorized
Requiem for the Dream: Remembering Warren Miller
July 6, 2018 -More

Requiem for the Dream: Remembering Warren Miller Published in Freeskier, February 8, 2018 It was his signature line, usually delivered after a final, rapid-fire sequence of people flying through snow...

J.D. Kleinke - Blog
Not Yet, Surfragette: Women Athletes Still Sidelined At Big-Wave Competition
July 6, 2018 -More

This post originally appeared in The Huffington Post on February 15, 2016. HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA — Despite a regulatory requirement to develop a plan to include women surfers,...

J.D. Kleinke - Blog
The Ghosts of Ellicott City
June 1, 2018 -More

This story is from Banjo Lessons, my first (unpublished) novel. I wrote it in 1986, when I was 24 years old, and the countryside, farmscapes, and historic small towns...

J.D. Kleinke - Other Work

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