Richard "Frosty" Hesson

Richard "Frosty" Hesson has been surfing the northern California waters since 1963 and was among the elite group of surfers who first began riding the colossal waves at Mavericks in the 1980s. He has trained hundreds of young people in the art of surfing. Among his students was Jay Moriarity, a soul surfer, a true champion, and one of the greatest ambassadors to the sport and lifestyle of surfing. Frosty continues to surf and follow his quest to help people achieve and accomplish their goals. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.


Making Mavericks

"The author comes across as a decent man with great wisdom and compassion. Hesson ably captures the enchantment and inherent dangers of surfing in this distinctive memoir." -Kirkus Reviews

Watch Frosty describe Jay's epic wipe-out at Mavericks: