More About the Author
Amy Waeschle is a former middle-school science teacher, ski bum, volunteer EMT, NOLS instructor, and very bad waitress. She loves travel even more than writing about it and has visited Costa Rica, Fiji, Morocco, Portugal, France, Norway and has lived in Sicily, Sun Valley, the Alaskan bush, and the back of her 1996 Isuzu Trooper. She likes her feet in flip-flops or bike cleats and her fingers caressing the face of a tropical wave. She now lives in Poulsbo, Washington with her husband and two daughters.
She never intended to be a writer. She graduated with a B.S. in Geology from the University of Washington with a focus on salmon habitat restoration, glacial processes, and finding ways to protect our rivers. She then worked as a field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School in places like the Yukon Territories and the high alpine of Wyoming and never once told her students, "You can rest when you're dead," when they asked for a rest day (although she thought about it). She received her Masters in Teaching from Seattle University in 2000 and taught math and science at Stanwood Middle School. Two years later she fell in love with a firefighter and learned to surf. A year later she published her first story about a travel mishap with a longboard in Mexico. It's been six feet and glassy ever since.
She quit teaching to write and has been published in Outside, Surfer as well as other surfing and women's health magazines, the Seattle Times, the Bellingham Herald, is a former copywriter for Patagonia and currently for Sage Reddington and has been featured in Seattle Magazine and the Everett Herald. Her travel memoir: Chasing Waves, A Surfer's Tale of Obsessive Wandering shares her journey as a surfer and how her global search for waves nearly put her relationship on the rocks. Visit her at www.amywaeschle.com
She is at work on a handful of articles, copy writing for a local company and a novel about a young woman who goes to Fiji to find her estranged surfer mother and must surf a deadly wave in order to reconcile their past.