Crazy for the Storm

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“Breathtaking” : The Washington Post:
First of all,  join Norman Ollestad as he looks back on an adrenaline-filled childhood.
And the mountaintop plane crash that led to an icy fight for his life at just 11 years old.

Publisher Description:
Crazy for the Storm:  From the age of three, Norman Ollestad was thrust into the world of surfing and competitive downhill skiing.  All this by the intense, charismatic father he both idolized and resented.

While his friends were riding bikes, playing ball, and going to birthday parties, young Norman was whisked away.
Whisked away in pursuit of wild and demanding adventures.

Yet it were these exhilarating tests of skill that prepared “Boy Wonder,” as his father called him, to become a fearless champion. Which ultimately saved his life.

Flying to a ski championship ceremony in February 1979.  The chartered Cessna carrying Norman and his father.
Also carrying his father’s girlfriend, and the pilot, crashed into the San Gabriel Mountains.
The plain was suspended at 8,200 feet, engulfed in a blizzard.

“Dad and I were a team, and he was Superman,” Ollestad writes.
But now Norman’s father was dead.   The devastated eleven-year-old had to descend the treacherous, icy mountain alone.  Set amid the spontaneous, uninhibited surf culture of Malibu and Mexico in the late 1970s.

In addition,  this riveting memoir, written in crisp Hemingwayesque prose, recalls Ollestad’s childhood.
It also recalls the magnetic man whose determination and love infuriated and inspired him.

Furthermore,  It taught him to overcome the indomitable.  As it illuminates the complicated bond between an extraordinary father and his son.  Ollestad’s powerful and unforgettable true story offers remarkable insight for us all.

About the Author – Norman Ollestad
Norman Ollestad was born May 30, 1967. He is an American author.
At the age of eleven, he was the only survivor of a plane crash that claimed the life of his father.
He wrote about it in his 2009 bestseller Crazy For The Storm: A Memoir Of Survival.

Crazy for the Storm


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