For Our Consideration: Kem Nunn inspired Point Break and explored the dark side of the beach

Author Kem Nunn’s California is a land of broken dreams, where visions of peaceful beach communities are swallowed by the realities of addiction, violence, and mistakes that can’t be undone. Nunn grew up in California, and his depiction of it cuts through the flowery haze, capturing the grime and depravity of the Golden State in a way that only a native child could.

Tapping The Source (Image: Simon & Schuster)

Before Point Break, there was Tapping The Source, Nunn’s 1984 debut novel, which inspired the 1991 movie and its 2015 remake. But aside from Hound Adams as a template for Bodhi—the idealistic surfer-turned-criminal-mastermind, played by Patrick Swayze in the original and Édgar Ramírez in the remake—and a few other general similarities, Point Break and Tapping The Source are two very different beasts. Ike Tucker, the central character of the novel, is a white trash kid …

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