Crazy for the Storm

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Norman Ollestad

Narrated By: Norman Ollestad

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: June 2009

Duration: 7 hours 41 minutes


From the age of three, Norman Ollestad was thrust into the world of surfing and competitive downhill skiing by the intense, charismatic father he both idolized and resented. Yet it was these exhilarating tests of skill that prepared "Boy Wonder," as his father called him, to become a fearless champion, and ultimately saved his life.

Flying to a ski championship ceremony in February 1979, the chartered Cessna carrying Norman, his father, his father's girlfriend, and the pilot crashed into the San Gabriel Mountains and was suspended at 8,200 feet, engulfed in a blizzard. Norman's father was dead, and 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, this riveting memoir recalls Ollestad's childhood and the magnetic man whose determination and love infuriated and inspired him, and also 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.


  • Bruce M

    This was an enjoyable book about a kid growing up in California in the 1960s. You may enjoy it more if you have a snow skiing and/or surfing background. Not too deep or intellectual.

  • Janet Christensen

    This is a very good coming of age true story that captures your interest to the very end. Narrated by the author you can hear the young boy in his voice. Definitely an enjoyable read.