About Voyage

As a surfer and environmentalist enchanted by remote waves and foreign cultures, I left California aboard my 40-foot sailboat, Swell, in early 2006 with the hope of succeeding at my life-long dream of surf exploration via sailboat. Since then, the voyage has presented more fantastic friends, waves, adventures, natural beauty, opportunities for personal growth and insights than I dreamed possible.

Swell serves as my floating home and transportation. I travel at a pace not much faster than you can run. Weather, swell, and tides dictate my days. This isn’t just a surf trip–it’s a lifestyle, passion, and search for better ways for humanity to inhabit our shared
planet.

Living aboard Swell has allowed me to drastically reduce my daily impact on the earth. Solar and wind power provide my electricity. I live closer to nature, and take time to cherish and appreciate it. I use less, need less, and want less–yet have never felt more fulfilled. At times the boat work seems endless and the uncertainties too daunting, yet without these adversities, the simple joys would never be as sweet.

I enjoy, but don’t exploit the waves I find–leaving out their location so that those who get inspired enough to go looking might still find spots without surf camps and crowds. To experience the sensation of venturing into the unknown and being rewarded is, for me, as precious as the empty waves themselves.

The voyage evolves as I continue to grow and learn. I spent the first year and a half gaining confidence as a captain, with different friends as crew, while traveling down the western coast of Mexico and Central America. After announcing that I intended to sail to the South Pacific alone, my mother volunteered to accompany me, an offer I gladly accepted. We spent 22 unforgettable days sailing across the largest expanse of open ocean on the planet. With the mysteries of blue water sailing behind me, I spent the next year exploring French Polynesia and Kiribati mostly on my own. I enjoyed the contrast of travelling alone–indulging in the freedom of solitude and making choices based on weather and swell forecasts rather than itineraries.

Upon my return from Kiribati, Swell had a mysterious leak, a broken forestay, and was in desperate need of an overhaul. Over a series of labor intensive haul-outs, from late 2008 to 2010, I finally succeeded in locating and replacing the leaky ‘shaft tube’ along with all the other repairs. Water tight and intent to sail again, I set off in 2011-12 on a 2,500 nautical mile loop through French Polynesia’s outer islands.

I plan to continue exploring in the Pacific, not only for waves, but opportunities for personal growth, to work on local environmental projects, make presentations on pollution and conservation issues in schools, and to continue writing and documenting the voyage in hopes of inspiring others to live out their passions, face fears, discover the unlimited benefits of selfawareness, and explore our connection to all of life on Earth.

I want to sincerely thank all of my friends and faithful readers whose letters, comments, support, and positive thoughts give me the inspiration and energy to continue voyaging and writing. Your feedback and encouragement keep me believing that by developing personal awareness, living our passions, and relentlessly utilizing Love, Light, and Positivity in our everyday lives, we as individuals can collectively change the world for the better!

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5 Comments

  1. WALTER

    LIZZY
    MY WIFE AND I HAVE FOLLOWED YOU FOR ABOUT FOUR YEARS.
    KEVIN SWANSON “SWANNEE” TURNED US ON TO YOUR BLOG. HE MET YOU IN PANAMMA.
    WE HAVE SENCE PURCHASED ARE BOAT AND ARE LEAVING THE LAND WORLD BEHIND IN JANUARY 2014. WITH ARE SMALL GIRLS AND TEENAGE SON.
    YOU HAVE HELPED INSPIRE US TO BELIEVE THAT WE CAN HAVE A BETTER ,FREE ,AND REWARDING LIFE AT SEA.
    THANKYOU
    WALTER AND KIRSTY

  2. Kirsty Bowe

    Hi Liz
    Wow a newbie to your blog but LOVE it. Please do find the time when you are in Tonga to call by so we can share stories and I can point you in the right direction of the surf breaks. Safe travels, fair winds and live life to the fullest!

  3. Kellee Kimbro

    Hi Liz,

    Your stories are really inspiring for me. I have always wanted to explore the world and be the captain of my own boat. I have only been sailing probably twice in my life, but now that I am 24 I have decided that I will take the small steps and learn to sail. I want to do things that make me happy, and sailing has been a life long dream of mine. It’s people like you who inspire me, and I am grateful I have found this blog. Thanks! Do you have any advice for a first timer?

  4. Captain lizzy

    Kellee! Insist that what you love be what you do…and it will come to fruition naturally. Put yourself near sailing, boats, and whatever you love in any way you can and the rest will fall into place. Best to you, Sister!! love Liz

  5. Butch Lapetz

    Liz,

    Where can I find the DVD “Dear and Yonder”. I’ve searched the internet and only found it on Amazon for $300. I’m a surfer and sailor as well. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Butch

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