When: Thursday July 30, 2009 6:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Where: California Surf Museum, 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside CA 92054
Doc Paskowitz will be at CSM to sign his book Surfing and Health from 6-8 p.m. Come meet this surfing legend and while you’re at CSM, enjoy Oceanside’s weekly “Sunset Market” from 5-9 p.m. on Pier View Way. Admission is free on Thursdays but donations are always welcome! CSM will be selling Surfing and Health for $29.95.
This is a book about Health – a new and entirely different definition of Health. Health is much, much more than just not being sick. Health is the presence of a Superior State of Well Being – a vigor, a vitality, which must be worked for each and every day of your life . . .
- From the Introduction, Surfing and Health
More than ever these days it seems that being healthy (and how to get there) is a hot topic. Meet “Doc” Paskowitz in person, pick up a copy of his book and learn how he sees the road to health, with a few surf stories thrown in!
Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, young Dorian Paskowitz moved with his family to San Diego in 1934. Known to the locals simply as “Tex” at that time, he was a strong presence in San Diego’s surfing scene and became a city lifeguard from 1937 to 1941. Tex’s first surfboard in San Diego was Charlie Wright’s old board, and Tex then crafted a Tom Blake-style, hollow paddleboard with help from mentor Emil Sigler. In 1938 Tex paid $85 for a “more modern” custom, 50-pound solid balsa surfboard shaped by legendary Santa Monica-based waterman Preston “Pete” Peterson. A dynamic free spirit in his day, Tex wholly embraced surfing’s alternative lifestyle and stressed health, fitness, and nutrition. Says Tex (later known as “Doc” after earning a medical degree from Stanford in 1946): “I learned to accept myself for what I was a long time ago undefined not good or bad, not a hero or a coward, just a surfer. I figured that was good enough.”
- From Surfing in San Diego