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Top surfing expert and cook to talk story at book signing

By Staff | Aug 23, 2018

Jim Kempton has consulted some of the world’s top surfers and is president of the California Surf Museum.

LAHAINA – Lifelong surfer, cook and writer Jim Kempton, who has been editor and publisher of Surfer Magazine and media consultant to the top surfing brands in the world, will talk story and sign copies of his new book on Aug. 24 and 25. The book includes travel photography and recipes from the greatest surfing locations in the world.

Kempton will talk story and sign books from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, at the Maui Friends of the Library Bookstore in Queen Ka’ahumanu Center by Sears, and Saturday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lahaina Public Library by the harbor on Wharf Street.

For his new book, “First We Surf Then We Eat,” the author features 90 recipes gathered as he follows the waves and prepares meals in French Polynesia, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Indonesia, California and Hawaii.

The book is illustrated with photos of surfing, his favorite ingredients and easy-to-execute recipes. One favorite is San Onofre Guard Roast – a roast beef preparation you cook under the hood of your car while driving.

The author was born in Guam, attended Mauna’olu Community College and played college volleyball there. The Makawao Steak House and Paia are featured in the book with a recipe for porterhouse steak with Portuguese chimichurri.

Peter Swanzy is the founding lead of Swanzy Media (swanzymedia.com).

There is also a recipe for fish from Mama’s Fish House near Hookipa.

Kempton has consulted some of the world’s top surfers and is president of the California Surf Museum. The author will talk story about some of the world’s great surfers and surf breaks as well his adventures working with food and how it is cooked.

“Nothing follows the stoke of a good surf session than a good meal,” said Kempton.

In related news, on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Ebb & Flow Arts will present a free lecture at Lahaina Public Library.

“Pioneers of Electronic Music” features composer/videographer and Ebb & Flow Arts Technical Producer Peter Swanzy. He will discuss the fascinating beginnings and development of the electronic music medium through the end of the 20th century.

Think of all the electronic sounds that surround us, from movie soundtracks to warning beeps for seatbelts, coffee machines, alarm clocks and ovens.

Music for electronic media has a fascinating history beginning in the early 20th century to the present. Swanzy uses several audio samples, photos and a detailed chronology of electronic music.

He produces Ebb & Flow Arts’ “Music of the Spheres” – electronic music with full dome film – in the state’s planetaria.

The next scheduled shows will be held on April 6, 2019 at Hokulani Imaginarium. He has composed several original works for these shows.

As the founding lead of Swanzy Media (swanzymedia.com), he brings a rich history of media expertise.

Ebb & Flow Arts Inc. (E&FA) is a nonprofit presenter of modern music and multimedia events.

Visit www.ebbandflowarts.org for information.