Scratching the Horizon: A Surfing Life

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Macmillan, Aug 21, 2012 - Family & Relationships - 289 pages
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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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Izzy Paskowitz opened his heart and life up for all to read. He shared so much about himself and his family. I read it cover to cover, barely stopping to eat. He has made a real journey which is inspiring for everyone on the planet to learn from, even if you are not a surfer or a parent of an autistic child.  

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I purchsed the book a couple of days ago and have been raving about it since! It is a story of love, devotion, courage and strength. It is a story of true family and the love it should bring to our lives. I recommend it to everyone wanting something amazing and true from a read. Thanks for sharing your life with us! You are indeed a blessing. 


A Good
The Start ofSomething
Surfing by Osmosis
Israel to Israel
San O
The Other Last Dime
Winding Up Winding Down
The Second Wave
Blobber Beach
Surfers Healing
The Family Biz
Another Good Day Only This One Didnt Start Out So Hot
Thanks and Such

Going Long

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About the author (2012)

IZZY PASKOWITZ has competed in, and won, dozens of longboard titles, including the 1988 Hang Ten World Championship. He and his wife, Danielle, own and operate the world-famous Paskowitz Surf Camp. They also run the nonprofit organization Surfers Healing, which offers free surfing day camps to hundreds of autistic children and their families each year. Paskowitz lives with his family in San Juan Capistrano, California.

DANIEL PAISNER is the co-writer of eleven New York Times bestsellers, including Serena Williams's On the Line and Denzel Washington's A Hand to Guide Me, as well as the acclaimed Holocaust memoir, The Girl in the Green Sweater, with Krystyna Chiger - an international bestseller. He lives in Port Washington, New York, with his wife and three children.

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