You may remember author Jack London’s work from your middle school days. His classic books The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and The Sea Wolf were popular in 8th grade classrooms for their quick pace and thrilling adventure (making them the go-to choice for book reports by short attention span boys. You may not be aware that Jack London saved the sport of surfing.
At the dawn of the last century, Jack London had become the best–selling, highest paid and most popular American writer of his time. All this gave him quite the voice. The little known sport of surfing would become the unlikely beneficiary of London’s influence.