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Norman Ollestad was born on 30 May, 1967 in Los Angeles, California, United States, is a Writer. Discover Norman Ollestad's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 53 years old?

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Occupation Writer
Age 53 years old
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Born 30 May 1967
Birthday 30 May
Birthplace Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality United States

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Ollestad was born to Norman and Doris Ollestad, and was raised in Topanga Beach, Malibu, California. He was thrust into the world of surfing and competitive downhill skiing at a very young age by his father and later said that he resented losing his childhood to his father’s reckless and demanding adventures. He became a competitive hockey player and skier, winning the Southern California Slalom Skiing Championship at age 11. Norman was called "Boy Wonder" by his father.

The Los Angeles Times wrote "The book alternates between a detailed account of the plane crash and Ollestad’s story of his parents’ busted marriage. Of particular interest is his charismatic, adrenaline-junkie father, whom the young Norman describes as a somewhat methodical, somewhat reckless “enchanter,” devotedly driving his son to early-morning hockey practices and faraway ski tournaments, but also dragging him along to Mexico, where they wound up stranded in the jungle without food or money after fleeing bribe-seeking federales wielding guns."

The book largely focuses on the growth of Norman’s inner world. He disagreed with his father at first. He could not understand why his dad woke him very early in the morning to play hockey when he had firmly insisted that he did not want to. He couldn't understand why his dad insisted on his surfing frequently. Gradually, he accepted his father’s demands. He came to realize that his dad wanted him to become a strong, confident and brave man. The skill and courage he had developed with his surfing and skiing had greatly helped the author to survive through the aftermath of the air crash. He came to thank his dad for his longtime training and teaching, and for what his dad admonished: “Never give up.”


Crazy For The Storm: A Memoir of Survival is Norman Ollestad's 2009 bestselling book. Set in Malibu and Mexico in the late 1970s, the memoir describes the bohemian surf culture of Southern California and Ollestad's conflicted feelings towards his father. The story recounts the tests of skill that prepared Norman to become a surfer and ski champion, and which later helped to save his life.

In June 2009, the memoir was released and quickly became one of the most talked about books of the summer. The book reached the top-ten bestseller lists for both The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. Crazy For The Storm was also selected as Starbucks June book selection, and iTunes picked it as one of the best summer reads. Most recently, it was chosen by Amazon as one of the 'Best Books of the Year...So Far'.

In early May 2009, Warner Bros. picked up the option to turn Crazy for the Storm into a motion picture.


Ollestad later traveled to St. Anton in the Austrian Alps, and decided to become a writer. He returned to Los Angeles and enrolled in UCLA Film School, where he also studied creative writing. In 2006, Ollestad began the process of returning to the painful memories of the crash in preparation for writing Crazy For The Storm. Returning to the crash site, Ollestad found pieces of wreckage, and reconnected with the family who had given him shelter once he reached safety.


On February 19, 1979, a chartered Cessna carrying 11-year-old Ollestad, his father, his father’s girlfriend, and the pilot, crashed into Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains. Ollestad’s father died in the crash, and the pilot shortly after. Suspended at over 8,000 feet and engulfed in a blizzard, Ollestad descended the mountain with Sandra, his father's girlfriend, but she died after a fall down a chute. Norman was the sole survivor of the crash. He later told the Los Angeles Times that “My dad told me never to give up.”


Norman Ollestad (born May 30, 1967) 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. His subsequent book, French Girl with Mother, a novel, came out in October 2016.