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Scratching the Horizon: A Surfing Life

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  69 ratings  ·  16 reviews
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 surfingodyssey that grew to include his wife Juliette, and their nine children. Together, the Paskowitz clan lived a vagabonding bohemian existence, esch ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published August 7th 2012)
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Jacqueline
An excellent book with insights not only to his fascinating surfing life and upbringing, but what it means to be a son, brother, husband and father. Getting a "behind-the-scenes" look at what shaped the author, Izzy Paskowitz, takes you along on his journey as the father of a child with autism and the founder of Surfer's Healing. A different type of autism advocate, Izzy understands truly what following the child, and the heart, is all about. A must read!
Leanne
Sep 26, 2012 Leanne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
So... I'm a reader, I read everything I can get my hands on... When I picked up Scratching the Horizon, it was intended to be my Labor Day relaxation... And it was... Only it became apparent that it was a whole lot more... to me... Entertaining, extraordinary, honest... But what struck me beyond all of those fine qualities was how inspirational this book truly is... And I don't mean inspirational in a put the book down and go on with whatever you happened to be doing in life... I mean inspiratio ...more
Kim
Whether you are a parent of a child with autism, as I am, and have known the joy of attending a Surfers Healing event or not, you can not help but be fascinated by the story of the Paskowitz family. Izzy's breezy storytelling style complements the collection of memories and anecdotes he chose to illustrate the incredible journey, or maybe joyride would be a better word, that "Doc" Paskowitz substituted for a traditional upbringing. It's an amazing story and it must have been a challenge to tell ...more
Marybeth Bishop
A fascinating life story by a man with a big heart. I had the privilege of meeting the author while at a Surfers Healing event with my daughter. He is as genuine and kind in person as his story would make you hope.
Kristen Herrett
Izzy's life is unique. Beyond unique, Scratching the Horizon is an original in the stale cookie-cutter world of memoirs. There is no ego, only story. And he is a master story-teller. As his father Doc regales days past on the beach during surf camp, Izzy tells the story of his life. No excuses just what happened. This book should be required reading of every grad student in every MFA program studying non-fiction to learn the art of voice. There is no doubt that when reading this book you are tra ...more
Allie Pence
I LOVED this book! I literally could not put it down. This book reads like a conversation between old friends, having a beer or sitting around a campfire. It is the compelling story of a very atypical childhood, criss-crossing the country and the globe, in search of the perfect wave. Izzy also shares his very honest struggle with accepting his son's autism diagnosis, and how Izzy and Danielle's determination to help their son ignited their passion for helping other children and their families st ...more
Richard Gilbert
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.

Izzy rambles through the good, the bad, the ugly. There is a strong voice here, but the book isn't very vivid, not strongly dramatized in scenes, more a series of anecdotes. I was about to give up on it until Izzy began to r
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steph
Not bad. I watched the movie "Surfwise" on Netflix last week and I was intrigued with the Paskowitz family and in the middle of Googling (because that is what I do when I like things, I Google the crap out of them) I stumbled across this book by son #4 (Izzy) who wrote about his unconventional childhood and then life with his middle autistic child.

I'm not going to lie, Izzy did some shitty things in the earlier years after his son was diagnosed. In fact, he effectively ran away to surf leaving
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Kim
The book is great. I didn't want to put it down. You feel like you are actually sitting down with Izzy and he's telling you about his life. Great read ~ awesome person! I've been blessed to have met Izzy and my son has been part of what this incredible man has done for the autistic community. Loved it and love Izzy and Surfers Healing.
Patrick Blain
Although I am only part way through this book. I am already finding it is changing the way I view things in life, especially the importance of material items.

It is a great read, written by a truly inspirational person. Thank you for sharing your story Izzy!
Celeste Short
Really enjoyed this book. Had already seen the videodoc so I kinda knew the story, but I so admire them for their work with the kids. Quick, easy read.
Ali
An enjoyable read from start to finish.
J.r. Schubert
From the POV of an old surfer I enjoyed the candid writing style of this book very much. Izzy's conversational story is one of a kind. As a young kid I was fascinated to read about his father and family in all the surfing mags and dreamed of such a life, traveling from one break to another, snagging rides at secret spots. Having read the book though, I can see that it was a way of life not without hardship and trauma. Witty, funny, sad, troubling, Izzy comes through it all however, strengthened ...more
Timothy Schneider
I have to confess that sometimes the writing style of this book put me off a bit; and the whole 11 people in a camper thing kind of wore me out at times. Yes Mom and Pop Paskowitz raised 9 kids in a camper, on the road, but living the surfer life. Remarkable in many ways. But this book stands out in my mind in two ways: one in how brutally and crudely honest it is. Izzy lays it all on the line; the good, the bad and the ugly. But the beautiful is there two. What Izzy and his wife Danielle did fo ...more
Helen
Loved the book. I really like how it was written as if Izzy was talking to you across the table as he was relating his story and experiences. He comes across as a down to earth guy with a big heart. For all the craziness of how he was brought up as a kid and not having a formal education he is very matter of fact about it without whining or blaming his parents. I enjoyed how he started Surfers' Healing Camp. Overall a great book!
J
I'd seen the movie Surfwise and thought reading this book would add to the experience.
It did, but the style the book was written it, far to casual and conversational, was not to my liking. I put the book down and didn't finish it.
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