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Product Details

  • Paperback: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 1 edition (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594851131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594851131
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,678,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

AMY WAESCHLE is a freelance writer and photographer whose work has appeared in Surf Life for Women, the Seattle Times, and the Bellingham Herald. She writes for the Patagonia catalog and her short story, "Making Pie with Grandma," was a finalist for the 2005 Zola Award. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and daughter

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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.

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I found it to be an easy read and caught myself smiling during much of the book.
Cliff Dweller
The author does a fine job capturing the arduous effort required to learn to surf, the thrill of the hunt, and the sheer joy and exhileration of the ride.
Reef Dancer
Amy has captured the spirit of adventure, fun, and hard work in this entertaining and easy to read book.
Sue

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Naomi M. Judd on May 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Who would have known waves could be described in so many new ways? Waeschle paints a beautiful picture as she writes about her experiences from just beginning to surf, to when surfing becomes a huge part of her life. I could hear the roar of salty spray, see the deep blue barrels of swell and feel the sun on my brow as I read. This book is a testament to how mother nature; in particular the Ocean can enhance ones life and enable a person to live their life more fully because of their relationship with the water. Of course the water isn't always peaches n' cream; Waeschle describes the scary moments out there with utmost clarity as well. Waeschle integrates how surfing and her personal relationships become braided as one, an inspiration to anyone who intends to keep doing what they do in the outdoors as they start a family. This book is enjoyable for those who have been surfing all their lives or those who have never surfed before. I have never surfed but it is written so that anyone can understand the wave terminology.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Willis on May 19, 2009
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You don't have to be a surfer to enjoy this book! It's not only a delightful journey of wanderlust, but also the story of a woman's, and a family's, odyssey through the lens of the author's passion--surfing. The author has a knack for the descriptive turn of phrase and manages to make each encounter with a wave original, as when she describes her early attempts to keep hold of her board as "trying to commandeer a huge, slippery trout."

I am not a surfer; in fact, deep water scares me, but reading Chasing Waves made me want to run out and buy a surfboard, a sketchy, old van, and hit the road.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Hudson on May 24, 2009
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The writing was so colorful that the descriptions temporarily moved me to the sites with them. I have actually been to some of the places; my past travel experiences were renewed as I read her colorful details of the places and people. She is a pleasure to read with just the right amount of intensity to capture the moment. She also conveys the intensive need to surf along with the dedication to her relationships with husband and ultimately family! A wonderful relaxing read - - - Good Job Amy thanks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cliff Dweller on June 7, 2009
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Chasing Waves illustrates experiences that are common to all surfers. I found it to be an easy read and caught myself smiling during much of the book. I grew up surfing in So Cal and related to all of Amy's experiences regardless of where she was around the globe. A must have for anyone's surf collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reef Dancer on November 2, 2009
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This is a book for people who wonder what the excitement of catching and riding a wave standing up on a surfboard is all about; i.e., what's it like to be "stoked"? The author does a fine job capturing the arduous effort required to learn to surf, the thrill of the hunt, and the sheer joy and exhileration of the ride. Many nicely-observed travel passages will also make you want to pack a bag and get on the road.
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