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Book Review: Surfer Boys—Gay Erotic Stories, edited by Neil Plakcy   by T. R. Moss

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What better way to prepare for the long, hot days of summer than by reading an anthology about scrumptious surfers?

Surfers who are tall, tan, smelling of salt, sweat, skin, seawater. Surfers who have perfect abs and extra long cocks bulging in their board shorts. These stories are set all around the world's coasts, with gorgeous surfers in all locations, from Australia to Santa Cruz, Japan, and Africa. Tall, blond, rangy surfers are plentiful, as are surfers who save the narrator's life and fall in love with him. A few of the surfers wipe out in a wave, are injured and then rescued by a balls-of-steel onlooker. Two boys conquer their fear of water through a hot, gentle surfer's tutoring (and one conquers his fear of being fucked in the ass and learns to love it.) And many of the stories luxuriate on the beauty of the ocean and sand, sunlight or moonlight on water, and how free, easy, and natural the surfers are.

In "Hang Ten," T. Hitman creates a spontaneous orgy of surfers, with a sandy group of newly swinging surfers engaging in an enthusiastic foursome on the beach.

"Blue Star Boy" by Gavin Atlas features an older man who earns the trust and perfect ass of Adriano, a young surfer he's been watching from afar. The narrator can only gain this by agreeing to learn how to surf, working hard on it, and once he's earned Adriano's trust, fucking the surfer's gorgeous ass afterwards. Now that's motivation. The story has delicious buildup to the release of fucking.

Anyone who remembers the vintage appeal of Gidget movies, wood-sided station wagons and old-fashioned beach movies will like "When Wade's Woody Was Running," David Holly's tribute to Gidget's boyfriend, Moondoggie, and 1950s beach culture, but with a twist – earning a surf name and sex with Wade, who teaches the narrator how to surf. Yes, teaching turns out to be a theme in this anthology, but it's a good one.

“Pool Therapy" by Logan Zachary and "Best-Laid Plans" by Aaron Michaels both have narrators who spend a large portion of the story reminiscing about their ex. Or moping. The narrator in "Best-Laid Plans" is wandering a beach dejectedly and finds a surfer to rekindle his interest in life and sex.

"Blue Green" by Shane Allison has a sympathetic, self-loathing narrator ‒ a young and slightly overweight African American man ‒ who meets a gorgeous surfer who desires him just as he is. Their sex in the public swimming pool is hot and cathartic.

Set in a Japan surfing championship, "Samurai of the Surf" by S. J. Frost features an American surfer who has long had a crush on a Japanese champion surfer, finally meets him, is bested by him and then fucked, very satisfyingly. S.J. Frost really captured the hunger of unrequited crushes and a straining hard-on, and the satisfaction when the surfers finally fuck is tangible.

"Surf Stud Initiation" by Christopher Pierce features another wild group scene. A surfer wanders into an area of ocean that is basically surf gang "turf" and is initiated by three surfers into a hot gangbang on the beach, earning his right to join the gang. This one begs for a sequel inspired by West Side Story.

“Sleeping in the Sand" by Danielle de Santiago features an American surfer traveling in Africa who meets two young (18 and 19) French surfers, with associated drama, and finally getting fucked by the queer of the two French surfers, who is naturally a "master seducer." At 19 years old, I found that hard to believe, but the sensual details of seduction are certainly compelling.

“Sleeping in the Sand" is a good transition into the remaining stories, many of which are rather romantic. "Sebastian Inlet" by Martin Delacroix features a surfer returning to the beach of his childhood and working through some homophobic trauma when a hot surfer takes him to dinner, followed by romantic sex.

Another unrequited crush becomes requited in "The Water-Boy" by Donald Ammer, as a food stand worker conquers his fear of water to be instructed by rich, handsome surfer Dorian, who falls in love with him.

A librarian and surfer fall in love in the sweet "Changing Tides" by Jonathan Treadway.

The intense story "Rogue Wave" by Keith Peck even features a bit of political consciousness-raising as an American tourist in Australia meets godlike, pot-smoking Australian surfer Blake ‒ who is mostly straight and unwashed, but consents to an ecstatic blowjob.

Sex on the beach never sounded so good as when it's with one of these sun-drenched, well-hung surfers.