In Search of Captain Zero: A Surfer's Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road

Allan Weisbecker's 2001 memoir, In Search of Captain Zero: A Surfer’s Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road, describes his trip through Mexico and Central America in a camper truck scouting for a lost friend and the perfect wave.

The Chicago Tribune described the book as, “A dangerous tale, filled with humor, insight, lawlessness, heartbreak, and some wicked cool waves”.

The book has been co-optioned as a movie to none other than actor Sean Penn, although the making of the film has apparently hit a snafu.

New York native Weisbecker, who ended up living in the small beach town of Pavones on Costa Rica’s southern pacific coast for several years, is a man with many irons in the fire.

He is an author of three books, has had works published in several high-profile surfing magazines, and was a writer for the TV show Miami Vice. He is also a photographer and a surfer.

His latest enterprise is his own publishing house, Bandito Books, under which he released his most recent book, Can’t You Get Along With Anyone? A Writer’s Memoir and a Tale of a Lost Surfer's Paradise (2007).

His two websites - his personal site and another for Bandito Books - are absorbing (especially the photos) but also aggravating because of his stream of consciousness approach to lay-out and content.

A better place to learn about Weisbecker is this interview in Surfer Magazine.