"Dr. Frederick Lenz, in his riveting Surfing the Himalayas, gives lie to the oft-quoted assertion that 'never the twain shall meet.' East and West meet head on and all of us are the wiser because Dr. Lenz shared with us his remarkable experience in Surfing the Himalayas."
- Sydney Omarr
Syndicated Astrology Columnist
"Who would have ever thought that Surfing the Himalayas, a New Age novel that
combines the unlikely themes of self-discovery, spiritual enlightenment and snowboarding in Nepal,
would be destined for best-seller lists? St. Martin's Press, that's who."
"Real-life snowboarder, Lenz, takes us on what may be the most hilarious spiritual quest since Candide, on a most excellent pilgrimage through
the mountains of Nepal.
Although there is every indication that Lenz has written with a straight face, his sequel -- which he dedicates to his dog -- reads for all the world like a '90's parody of Gurdjieff or The Razor's Edge. In an introduction, Lenz makes it clear that he is merely fictionalizing his own experiences as a California jock abroad, and anyone who has hung out in Tibetan youth hostels -- or simply fantasized over a Lonely Planet guidebook -- will recognize the scene. The narrator is a young and not very bright American who comes to the East in search of the perfect mountain to surf and falls under the spell of Master Fwap, a Buddhist monk. Our hero is not particularly given to introspection, but Fwap makes him understand why snowboarding is his destiny and how it will lead him to spiritual completion. Under Fwap's guidance he progresses along the way of purification and enlightenment and improves his snowboarding technique at the same time. He also meets Nadia, a Danish tourist who's spent years mastering Zen Buddhism. Nadia introduces him to Tantric sex, and though he makes good progress under her and Fwap's lead, he eventually rebels: 'While I loved both Master Fwap and Nadia, they just weren't like me. My world was competitive athletics, and theirs was enlightenment.' So he goes home to Santa Monica, but he finds that he just can't take up his old life as a surfer anymore: Too much has changed, there's too much he still doesn't understand. Finally, he decides that he has to go back to Fwap to 'solve the riddle of the missing dimensions.'...this may be one of the funniest books of the last five years, Lenz has written a comic masterpiece"
- Kirkus Reviews
February 15, 1997
"Surfing the Himalayas is a delightful story, both entertaining and profound. Author Frederick Lenz transforms his real-life experiences into a thoughtful work of fiction.
Snowboarding becomes the vehicle for bringing to life Master Fwap's explanations of such deep subjects as karma, opening the third eye, the secret of the Rae Chorze-Fwaz, Earth's cycles and auric patterning, astral travel, and more.
Surfing the Himalayas will stay with you long after reading it, and you may want to underline parts to return to again and again. Though its impact is profound, the reading is fun and moves at a steady pace. Read and enjoy!"
- New Times
Seattle, June 1997