NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce that author Robert Cocuzzo will launch his new book Tracking the Wild Coomba: The Life of Legendary Skier Doug Coombs on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at 6 P.M. at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.
Beyond a biography, Tracking the Wild Coomba is an adventure story that takes readers into the extreme mountains where Doug Coombs pioneered a new era of skiing. Arguably one of the greatest adventure skiers to ever live, Coombs pioneered hundreds of first descents down the biggest, steepest, most dangerous mountains in the world. He graced magazine covers, wowed moviegoers, became the face of top ski companies, and ascended as the king of big mountain extreme skiing. His place at the top was confirmed in 1991 when he won the very first World Extreme Ski Championships in Valdez, Alaska. Yet perhaps Coombs's greatest legacy was as a guide, leading people on wild adventures and giving them the best days of their lives.
Now, his story is told for the first time in Robert Cocuzzo's book. From the Whites of New Hampshire, to the Tetons of Wyoming, to the Chugach of Alaska, to the Alps of France—author Robert Cocuzzo followed Coombs’s tracks around the world over the course of several years. By skiing some of the runs Coombs skied, spending time with his friends and family, and living in the mountain towns where Coombs made his home, Cocuzzo pieces together what made Doug Coombs one of the greatest skiers of all time.
"The Whaling Museum was the first place I ever spoke publicly about this project, back when the book was nothing more than hundreds pages of notes and visions of what they could become,” says Robert Cocuzzo. “Now being able to launch the book here is a fitting, full-circle opportunity that I'm grateful for. I'm going to do everything I can honor the life of Doug Coombs and pay tribute to the legacy he left behind."
After studying English and History at the College of the Holy Cross and the University of St. Andrews, Robert Cocuzzo became a U.S. Coast Guard certified charter boat captain and guided clients on the open Atlantic. He began his writing career during a winter-long backpacking trip in Patagonia. Shortly after returning from this trip, Cocuzzo became the editor of N Magazine, a lifestyle publication based on the island of Nantucket. He now writes for a number of international publications and splits his time between the island of Nantucket, the city of Boston, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Tickets for this special event are $25 per person, with $5 of every ticket donated to the Doug Coombs Foundation.
Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended at www.nha.org/tickets. Doors open at 5:30 P.M., with the lecture beginning promptly at 6 P.M. A book signing and author reception will follow the presentation.
For more information, visit www.nha.org or call (508) 228-1894.
Lecture and Book Signing
Tracking the Wild Coomba: The Life of Legendary Skier Doug Coombs
with author Robert Cocuzzo
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street