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The Sandcastle and Wave House Designed and constructed by Harry Gesner.

In the world of architects, Malibu's Harry Gesner is a legend -- a debonair longboard surfer who, at 86 years old, still paddles on his knees to just past the wave break, where he has been known to sit for hours, meditating and seeking spiritual guidance.

A World War II hero and self-taught architect, Gesner is something of a renegade who was environmentally conscious long before it came into vogue. The stories about his life's adventures are almost as glorious as the nature-inspired homes he builds, and both are detailed in an about-to-be released coffee table book called Houses of the Sundown Sea. The narrative is written by Lisa Germany and the photos shot by Juergen Nogai.

The Huffington Post interviewed Gesner in his Malibu beachfront home, constructed next to his famous Wave House.

Huffington Post: Harry, you're 86! Tell us why you haven't hung up your surfboards yet and why, as the book says, you seek counsel and guidance from your dead parents and uncle when you are out there in the ocean.

Harry Gesner: I feel good out there. I get out and paddle around when the waves are right. Surfing is really a perfect exercise for people of any age as long as the waves cooperate. And yes, I still talk to my parents and uncle when I'm out there. It's not a crazy person kind of talking. More of a meditative type of thing that I think all surfers do. You get out there and wait and wait for your wave.

The white house In the foreground, is called The Sandcastle also designed by Harry.

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  • Uploaded on January 20, 2013
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