A bitchin love letter to sand and sea, and a spirited inside account of life with the first family of American surfingIn 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....
|Title||:||Scratching the Horizon: A Surfing Life|
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Scratching the Horizon: A Surfing Life Reviews
Izzy Paskowitz had a legendary surf lifestyle upbringing among eight brothers and a sister sired by counter-culture rebel Doc Paskowitz. Probably like most, I got onto this book after watching the fascinating documentary about the family, Surfwise, and I wanted to know more.
I surfed with Iggy at one of the Paskowitz surf camps in Cabo and he was the coolest guy to hang out with. I heard stories from Doc, met most of his family, and enjoyed what was one of my favorite vacations still today. Izzy reminded me of the typical surf dude I grew up with in Southern California. But his story is much more than that. I couldn't put his book down, I kept reading and reading and couldn't wait to get back to it when I did take a break. What a unique and interesting life he and his family have led. His openness and honesty include not only his great experiences, but all of his flaws and humanity for everyone to see. In reading his story I found myself at times envious, sometimes emphathetic, and completely enthralled. What a great read! Sincerely, Aloha Rob
Loved the book. I had heard of this family as I have relatives in San Clemente area. Very unique way to grow up. I bet not many have grown up this way. I am glad Izzy wrote about his lifestyle. I admire the fact they are sharing the surfing experience with so many that probably would not get to experience the joy of surfing without this family. My hat is off to them.
The entire time I was reading this book, I could not put it down. Before I ever knew anything about Izzy Paskowitz, I loved him. This is simply because he is 'one of us'. He is the parent of a child with autism. He 'gets it'! His life is exciting and he goes on to show that even when you are as unique as he is, you can give to those who need what you have to offer. He inspires me to keep going with my own daughter on the autism spectrum everyday and gives me hope that her dad will someday 'get it'. Thank you Izzy!
My autistic son was lucky enough to participate in a Surfers Healing day on a Montauk beach. He never made it onto a wave, but he had a great day! We went as a family. There are so few opportunities for 'different' families to relax and be part of a community. Surfers Healing gave that to us. When this book came out, I automatically bought it to support this big hearted couple that give so much to so many others. I thought it was the least I could do.
A great story by a great man. Even if you are not a surfer (I'm not), you will still enjoy this book. I am so thankful for Izzy and everyone at Surfer's Healing. If you don't know about it, look it up. My soul is touched by the selfless compassion of all those involved. Praying they continue to keep doing it.
Izzy is an amazing person and I loved reading his story. Shortly after I read the book, I had the great pleasure of meeting him at a Surfer Healing event in Virginia Beach. The story is touching and brutally honest. It makes me appreciate all he has accomplished even more than I did before the read.
Loved this book! I have friends that know Izzy Paskowitz and it was great reading his story and also hearing about all the rough stuff with his son. It's one crazy family, but what a way to grow up! Enjoyed it from the beginning to the end.