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Grandson Braden steered the longest crossing of the 2017 trip, from O‘ahu to Kaua‘i. Photo: ©Holopuni Va‘a, by Wim Lippens

A Thirty-Five-Year Voyage Back In Time

By Nick Beck   |   Feb 23, 2018 February 23, 2018

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

Photo: Juan Luis De Heeckeren

Ramón Navarro: Above and Beyond

By Greg Long   |   Dec 30, 2016 December 30, 2016

Every so often you come across someone whose actions and demeanor leave you both inspired and in a state of wonder. Such was the case when I first encountered Ramón Navarro. I was 19 years old at the time, spending an extended winter stint on the fabled North… Read More

Photo: Bummy Koepenick

Aboard a Simple Craft

By Léa Brassy   |   May 11, 2017 May 11, 2017

Last November, I boarded a sailing canoe for the Tahiti Nui Holopuni Va’a Channel Crossing race. The event was from Tahiti to Bora Bora: five legs, five days, six islands, and 215 miles of a challenging and inspiring journey through the jewels of French Polynesia. I am not a paddler… Read More

Cochamó

Cochamó

By Patrick “Patch” Wilson   |   Jan 25, 2016 January 25, 2016

In early 2014, I spent some time exploring the coastline around southern Chile looking for waves and generally just checking out a place that I had always wanted to visit. I ended up heading as far south as Chiloe which is the first island on the coast of where… Read More

Simply Southern Chile

Simply Southern Chile

By Hank Gaskell   |   Dec 26, 2014 December 26, 2014

After my second trip to Southern Chile this past July, I have absolutely fallen in love with its simple way of life. More and more nowadays, it seems there is so much going on that it’s impossible to get ahead. Chile doesn’t know or care about that. Life there… Read More

It’s Always Worth It

It’s Always Worth It

By Fletcher Chouinard   |   Feb 16, 2011 February 16, 2011

Editor’s note: The Surfer’s Journal subscribers will recognize our ad from the new 20th anniversary issue (Volume 20, Number 1, February-March 2011). Today, Fletcher Chouinard shares a story about the… Read More

Above: High-seas selfie, 15-miles into a 27-mile crossing. All photos by Christian Beamish

The Voyage(s) of the Cormorant, Part 1

By Christian Beamish   |   Sep 30, 2014 September 30, 2014

If I’ve learned anything in these recent years of open boat adventuring aboard my 18-footer, Cormorant, it’s that everything is fine until it isn’t. But also, as Yvon says, “The real adventure starts when something goes wrong…” Late July, 2014—Shoving off from Gaviota for the 27-mile crossing to San… Read More

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