I'm sorry, but I can't recall the exact name of the book, and I can't seem to find it on line. I think it's Motorboat Kitty, but that might not be quite right. I'll try to find out and get that information updated. **6/16/09-Edited to add that the name of the book IS Motorboat Kitty, but I don't have any other information on it at this time.
The man's name is John Orr, and here he is on YouTube singing a song that his dog, Ola, helped to write (just watch, you'll see). He also shapes surf boards and has surfed with some big names in surfing (Cheyne Horan or Eddie Aikau anyone?) Some of this information is in the back of his book, and some of it I found on line. He certainly wasn't bragging about it when I met him on the beach.