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Learning to Surf


On the beach at Cedro's, Montezuma, Costa Rica

I want to send a shoutout to booktrib.com for including my post “Finding the Pocket” on their Author-ity page. Learning to surf might not be easy for a couple of ski industry professionals like me and John, but it’s worth every stroke. Check out the post here.

I’m hooked on surfing


John catches a wave at Cedro's

It makes perfect sense. Ski in the winter, surf in the summer. After a week with Hillary at Peaks and Swells Surf Camp, learning to ride the waves in Costa Rica, both John and I are hooked. As we flew home yesterday, my husband regaled me with future surf destinations–Bali, Peru, Maui. Hey what about those isolated breaks north of Vancouver Island that we see from the float plane? Could we surf those? I think it’s going to take a few more

Happiness is riding a wave all the way into shore

waves before we’re ready for anything like that, but we’re on our way.

This weekend marks the end of Crystal Mountain’s “regular” season and the beginning of the spring season. We will be open for skiing on weekends (starting with Thursdays and Fridays too). Personally my fingers are crossed for a good corn cycle and long, sunny days on the mountain. After that, who knows? Maybe more surfing.

Oh yeah, and in between surfing and skiing, my memoir, The Next Fifteen Minutes, comes out in November. So I need to squeeze in some promotion here and there–maybe a quick guest appearance on the Today Show or Oprah’s final episode or something. As long as it doesn’t cut into my surfing time, that is.

Seriously though, I’m feeling like a very lucky girl. By all rights, my husband isn’t even supposed to be alive. Even more than catching waves myself this past week, I loved watching John catch them. Most of all, I loved the look on his face. Determined to catch a wave, then focused while up and finally exultant as he learned to carve and turn along the face of the glassy curlers, I thanked the universe for our luck.

Surfs Up


After the crazy avalanche cycle last weekend, John and I snuck away for a week of

The commute from the house to the break

surfing and relaxing on the beach in Costa Rica. We are staying with the Harrisons (the family that owns the Alpine Inn) at Montezuma Beach Houses where Hillary runs Peaks and Swells Surf Camp. It is a much needed break after working so hard this winter. Anyone looking for a relaxed, low-key, destination

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free of tourists and high-rise hotels, look no further than Montezuma Costa Rica. I’m not entirely sure we ever want to leave.

Learning to surf is certainly an opportunity to practice humility

Evelyn demonstrates excellent surfing technique

and strength. By now we are catching most waves, but still getting worked in the strong Pacific currents. Fortunately Evelyn is here to show us how it’s done.

John getting down at Playa Grande