Chasing Waves: A Sufer's Tale of Obsessive Wandering

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The Mountaineers Books, Sep 26, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 160 pages
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* Sales benefit the Surfrider Foundation
* First surfing adventure narrative by a woman

With a fresh voice and surf-saturated daydreams, this author celebrates the joys of traveling to feed an addiction
Amy Waeschle became a surf addict shortly after catching her first wave more than seven years ago. To her, surfing is more of a feeling than a sport, combining the mental quest for exploration with the physicality of riding a wave.
Hunting down waves in remote corners of the world, from Morocco to Fiji to Canada, Waeschle has found unique and fascinating cultures that have changed her views and fostered her surfing mission. Chasing Waves is her collection of interrelated stories based on these adventures and a chronicle of her evolution from nervous newbie to self-confident and skillful surfer. Anyone who has ever longed for a daring diversion from day job and doldrums will connect with these tales of wanderlust, vagabonding, and riding the surf.


 

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Contents

Preface
9
WHY BOYFRIENDS MAKE TERRIBLE SURF INSTRUCTORS
13
FEET LIKE BLOCKS OF ICE HEART REDHOT WITH JOY
19
SURF LESSONS FROM CAPTAIN ALOHA
29
OVER MY HEAD IN FIJI
35
CANADIAN GIRLS GONE WILD IN BAJA
57
HOW TO SURF YOUR BRAINS OUT IN COSTA RICA
67
POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE BEAUTY AND SOLITUDE IN THE NORTHWEST
93
COSTA RICA REVISITED
109
YES VIRGINIA THERE REALLY ARE WAVES IN SICILY
125
BIG WAVE SEASON IN MOROCCO THE COME SEE STATE
135
AND BABY MAKES THREE
153
Acknowledgments
167
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About the author (2011)

AMY WAESCHLE is a freelance writer and photographer whose work has appeared in publications such as Surf Life for Women, the Seattle Times, and the Bellingham Herald, among others. She also works with a close-knit group of writers and editors for the outdoor sportswear company Patagonia. Her short story, "Making a Pie with Grandma," was a finalist for the 2005 Zola Award.

Amy has a background in teaching wilderness skills, leading expeditions with adolescents for the National Outdoor Leadership School as well as teaching field courses in wilderness medicine. She has been a research assistant, a middle school science teacher, a very bad waitress, and a ski lift operator. Amy currently lives in Italy with her husband and two dogs. You can learn more about Amy on her website, amywaeschle.com

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