After college, Liz Clark departed Southern California in her 40-foot sailboat, Swell, enchanted by foreign waves and cultures. Nine years and 20,000 nautical miles later, Swell is still her floating home and transportation. When she’s not surfing perfect reef passes in the South Pacific, she’s working to raise environmental awareness through writing and photography. Liz is the author of Swell: A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage Of Awakening.
It was November 1991. I was with two friends and we were at the beginning of a three-month surf trip around the coasts of Spain and Portugal. Mundaka was our starting point. We all agreed that we would be happy just to get something better than the cold, windblown beach… Read More
After an hour’s sleep, I wake to the sound of fat raindrops pelting the deck. The noise quickly escalates into a deafening torrent, and I push up off the settee and climb up the steps. Glancing at the radar screen on my way up, I see a massive squall blacking… Read More
In May 1981, I set out in a home-built Hawaiian sailing canoe from South Point on the island of Hawai‘i to my home on Kaua‘i. It was an adventure that would take me from the southern-most to the northern-most point of the Hawaiian Islands. I named my canoe Holopuni, “to… Read More