di Erika Scafuro
Long before digital nomad and van life became a lifestyle, Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz made a decision for his very big family.
In 1970, after quitting his job as a doctor and with a great passion for surfing, Paskowitz decided to spend his life in a camper of seven meters travelling through the United States in search of the waves along his wife Juliette and their 9 children (eight sons and a daughter).
Surfing lover, Paskowitz thought that his children should have connected deeply with nature, ocean and waves and that his children’s days should be characterized by surfing.
Although Paskowitz had received a conventional education, he wanted direct experience for his children and, while moving from a country to another, he imparted home-schooling and a lifestyle focused on simplicity, health, a good nutrition and what is really important in life.
But, most of all, he raised his sons made them surfing every day, some of whom reached so high levels of surfing to participate in, and win, competitions and contests.
But Paskowitz had a dream: to share the love for surfing not only with his sons.
In 1972 he founds the Paskowitz Surf Camp in San Onofre, California. Each summer he held surf classes with the mission of teaching beginners for surfing. Soon Dorian’s family became known as the Surfing Family.
As told in Surfwise, the documentary directed by Doug Pray, Paskowitz’s family lived a nomad life for more than twenty years, sharing a small space and following strict rules about food, material stuff and education.
Dorian Paskowitz is also known for other important projects related to the world of surfing as Surfing 4 Peace which took life in 2005 when, during a travel to Israel, country where he lived, Dorian gave some surfboards to local surfers. In 2007 Paskowitz delivered surfboards to the surfing community in Gaza and Surfing 4 Peace has therefore become a community of surfers and supporters with cross-border cooperation initiative that aims to bridge cultural and political barriers between surfers in diverse communities in the Middle East and around the world.
In 1997 Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz also wrote a book Surfing and Health: live long, live well, based on the importance of surfing, exercise, diet and positive attitudes of mind to live a long and a healthy life as he did who died in 2014 at the age of 93.