Richie Lovett's 'The Big Sea' co-written with Sean Doherty
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 April, 2014 - Former ASP World Championship Tour competitor and cancer survivor Richie Lovett has released a book titled The Big Sea. The book, which is co-written by distinguished surf author Sean Doherty, tracks Lovett’s colourful life from his grommet days at Manly Beach, the tour, battling cancer and adjusting to life after professional surfing.
The Big Sea is not your typical surf biography. Sure it touches on Lovett’s journey to reach the elite level of professional surfing, but unlike most, Lovett endured some unique life challenges along the way that would test his resolve.
“To say I’ve had an interesting life is an understatement. I’ve faced numerous challenges both competitively and emotionally, through it all surfing has been the one consistent element that’s kept me going. Shark attack, car accident, a Tsunami at G-Land in 1994, and eventually a cancer diagnosis in 2006, that’s more than enough for one lifetime”.
Unlucky? Possibly. One thing is for sure, Richie Lovett is a survivor; he's still here today, and what hasn't killed him has only made him stronger.
Lovett was a popular figure on the WCT from the mid-nineties through to the end of 2005 when he was diagnosed with a rare form of malignant bone cancer called Clear Cell Chondrosarcoma. The diagnosis ended Lovett’s 10 year run on the WCT, and sent shock waves through the global surfing community.
After radical surgery to replace the top third of his right femur and reconstruct his leg, Lovett set about the challenge of learning to surf all over again, discovering plenty about life, and himself, in the process.
THE BIG SEA is one of sport's most inspiring stories. But you don't have to be a surfer or a sportsperson to know what it feels like to confront challenges. This is vital reading for anyone who's had to face adversity or felt like they were about to face a mountain that’s too big to climb.
'Richie is one of the most inspiring people I've ever met, and his story is testament to the healing power of the ocean.' Kelly Slater
Published by Hachette Australia, The Big Sea is available online and through leading bookstores.