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Surfing vagabonds

September 26, 2011

One of the reasons we started this blog is to potentially help other surfers who want to plan a long-term world surf trip. While we were dreaming and researching our options over the last few years, we found a lot of great resources on long-term travel, lifestyle design, sabbaticals and vagabonding, but not much specific to surfing. We had (and still have!) a lot of surfing-related logistical questions on our minds, and couldn’t find much anywhere.

Over time, we hope to post enough information through blog posts and perhaps a separate “resources” page, to help smooth the path for other surfers.

Here are a few links to exploring the stories of several other surfing vagabonds. If these stories don’t get you counting the change under your couch cushions to see how much you can start off with for a long-term surf trip, I don’t know what would.

Peter Troy

Peter Troy was the original surf explorer, setting off in 1963 at the tender age of 25 to travel for three years on his own and scour coasts around the world for undiscovered surf spots. He pioneered (and kept secret) Tamarin Bay, Mauritius and Lagundri, Nias (Indonesia), among other places. He was good at keeping spots hush-hush as well. Peter continued to fit long travel stints in over the following decades. In all, he supposedly visited 150 countries! (Not all of his travels were surf-related.)

The Surfer’s Journal recently published an article in Vol. 20 No. 4, including excerpts on some of Peter’s letters, which have recently been compiled into a book called To the Four Corners of the World. I would love to get my hands on a copy of the book once we’re back from our trip; it definitely looks like something I’d want on my bookshelves.

Daize Shayne Goodwin and Aamion Goodwin

The Goodwins are a pro surfer couple from Hawaii with two kids. They set off this past July (our originally planned departure month as well!) for an 18-month round-the-world trip based mostly on surfing.  They have a gorgeous website, a nice photo-filled blog, and beautiful trailer for the film that will eventually result from their trip. They’ll be hitting a few countries we won’t, and vice versa. The Goodwins are traveling with a film production crew, a baby, a toddler, and longboards. I feel tired just thinking about it!

Liz Clark

Liz Clark has been sailing solo for the past six years, living on her boat, fishing, surfing and exploring. She continues to blog from her sailboat. Her story is just incredible and totally inspiring. There’s a great segment about Liz in the surf film Dear and Yonder, and The Surfer’s Journal did a nice feature on her in Vol. 18 No. 5. Here’s a link to an interview with Liz on Korduroy.

We’ll be posting more surf vagabond stories, and hopefully interviews with surfing vagabonds and other inspiring people, in the future.

Do you know of any inspiring surfer vagabonds? Please let us know about them!

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