On Tuesday, June 20th at 7:30pm Warwick's will host Brett Crozier as he discusses and signs his new book, Surf When You Can: Lessons in Life, Loyalty, and Leadership from a Maverick Navy Captain. Brett Crozier grew up in California, graduated from the United States Naval Academy, and embarked on a thirty-year career in the Navy, flying dozens of combat missions over Iraq and leading at the highest levels of operational command. He served as the commanding officer of a combat F/A-18 strike fighter squadron, the world’s largest and most advanced communications ship, and ultimately the USS Theodore Roosevelt before retiring from the Navy in 2022.
Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.
Amid one of the darkest times in American history, it was a moment that captured the attention of the nation. Brett Crozier, captain of the most powerful and prestigious aircraft carrier in the United States Navy, walked off his ship for the last time while thousands of his sailors saluted and chanted his name in admiration.
This remarkable moment occurred after Crozier made the decision to try to protect his sailors by pleading with his superiors for help when COVID-19 swept through the vessel. Two days later, he was relieved of command.
Now, Crozier reflects on his life, career, and commitment to doing the right thing in a book that celebrates the power of kindness, the importance of teamwork, and the value of standing up for what you believe in. Through a series of captivating stories set all around the world, Crozier takes us along on the grand adventures of his extraordinary career and introduces the incredible people he met along the way.
From his days as fighter pilot facing near-death experiences to commandeering suspected pirate vessels in the Persian Gulf, and of course, seizing any opportunity to enjoy one of his favorite hobbies - surfing - Crozier distills the lessons he has learned and the principles that have guided him, showing how you can apply them to your personal and professional life.
Matt Ginella is the CEO and co-founder of the Fire Pit Collective, a media company he launched in April, 2021, which focuses on storytelling and distribution through various forms of content and platforms. In addition to being the host of “Ginella’s Journeys” and “The Fire Pit Podcast,” he spent eight years as the travel insider for Golf Channel and Golf Advisor, appeared weekly on "Morning Drive” and produced features for Golf Channel’s “Live From” the major championships. Before Golf Channel, Ginella was senior travel editor for Golf Digest and Golf World magazines (2007-2012) where he covered courses and resorts, as well as the avid amateur’s annual buddies trips to over 60 destinations around the country. Prior to Golf Digest, Ginella was a photo editor at Sports Illustrated (1995-2001) where his focus was on golf, NFL, MLB, college football and horse racing. Ginella graduated from St. Mary's College (Calif.) in 1995 and earned a Masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2003.
In Sept., 2020, Ginella was named to the Board of Directors of Youth on Course, a grow-the-game initiative which offers passionate young golfers a like-minded community, $5-or-less green fees and life-changing opportunities the game provides.
Ginella lives in San Diego with his wife and four children.