Scratching the Horizon: A Surfing Life

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Scratching the Horizon: A Surfing Life

Format:  Hardcover,

289 pages

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Aug 2012

ISBN-13: 9781250006004

ISBN-10: 1250006007

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A bitchin' love letter to sand and sea, and a spirited inside account of life with the "first family" of American surfing In 1956, Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz stepped away from a successful medical practice and began a lifelong surfing odyssey that grew to include his wife Juliette, and their nine children. Together, the Paskowitz clan lived a vagabonding bohemian existence, eschewing material possessions in favor of intangible riches like health and good cheer . . . all the while careening along the world's coastlines in search of the perfect wave. In "Scratching the Horizon, " Izzy Paskowitz looks back at his unusual upbringing, and his lifelong passion for the sport that carries his family's stamp. As the fourth-oldest child in a family of inveterate surfers, rock stars, and beach bums, he is uniquely qualified to shine a light on a childhood that has come to symbolize the surfing credo, a reckless young adulthood that nearly cost him his sanity, and a maturing sense of self and purpose that allows him to lift others on the back of his experience. As the father of a son with autism and the founder of "Surfers Healing," a foundation devoted to expanding the horizons of children with autism through surfing, Paskowitz has found a way to connect the surreal aspects of his childhood to the harsh realities of adulthood, and he shares these discoveries in this wickedly entertaining and transforming memoir.

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Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Aug 2012
ISBN-13: 9781250006004
ISBN-10: 1250006007
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 289
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.9
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.85 x 1.03 x 8.53

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Biography of Paisner, Daniel

Writer and educator Daniel Paisner received a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.A. from Boston University. He is an adjunct professor of journalism in the communication arts department of Long Island University. Paisner is the author of Horizontal Hold: The Making and Breaking of a Network Pilot and has collaborated on works with the likes of George Pataki, Montel Williams, and model Emme.

Chapter outline

Prologue: A Good Dayp. 1
The Start of Somethingp. 15
Surfing by Osmosisp. 33
Israel to Israelp. 55
Establishmentp. 71
San Op. 83
The Other Last Dimep. 101
Breakp. 130
Daniellep. 147
Going Longp. 160
Hitchedp. 178
Winding Up, Winding Downp. 199
The Second Wavep. 215
Blobber Beachp. 228
Surfers Healingp. 237
The Family Bizp. 259
Epilogue: Another Good Day (Only This One Didn't Start Out So Hot)p. 275
Thanks and Such …p. 287

Book description

A bitchin' love letter to sand and sea, and a spirited inside account of life with the "first family" of American surfing
In 1956, Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz stepped away from a successful medical practice and began a lifelong surfing odyssey that grew to include his wife Juliette, and their nine children. Together, the Paskowitz clan lived a vagabonding bohemian existence, eschewing material possessions in favor of intangible riches like health and good cheer... all the while careening along the world's coastlines in search of the perfect wave.
In Scratching the Horizon, Izzy Paskowitz looks back at his unusual upbringing, and his lifelong passion for the sport that carries his family's stamp.

As the fourth-oldest child in a family of inveterate surfers, rock stars, and beach bums, he is uniquely qualified to shine a light on a childhood that has come to symbolize the surfing credo, a reckless young adulthood that nearly cost him his sanity, and a maturing sense of self and purpose that allows him to lift others on the back of his experience.

As the father of a son with autism and the founder of "Surfers Healing", a foundation devoted to expanding the horizons of children with autism through surfing, Paskowitz has found a way to connect the surreal aspects of his childhood to the harsh realities of adulthood, and he shares these discoveries in this wickedly entertaining and transforming memoir.

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