Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival by Norman Ollestad

By Norman Ollestad

A riveting and relocating memoir, written in crisp Hemingwayesque prose and set amid the wild, uninhibited surf tradition of Malibu and Mexico within the overdue Nineteen Seventies

From the age of 3, Norman Ollestad was once thrust into the area of browsing and aggressive downhill snowboarding through the serious, charismatic father he either idolized and resented. but it used to be those exhilarating assessments of ability that finally kept his existence while the chartered Cessna wearing them to a ski championship rite crashed 8,000 toes up within the California mountains, leaving his father and the pilot useless. The devastated eleven-year-old Ollestad needed to descend the treacherous, icy mountain on my own.

Crazy for the Storm is a strong and unforgettable real tale that illuminates the complex bond among a unprecedented father and his amazing son.

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