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When Liz was 9, her family spent a year sailing the Mexican coast. “That trip inspired my dream to sail around the world,” she says. After college, she turned her dream into reality, leaving Southern California in her 40-foot sailboat,Swell. Now, when not surfing perfect reef passes in the South Pacific, she’s working to raise environmental awareness through writing, film and photography.
National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) College Women’s National Surfing Champion, 2001
Departed from Southern California aboard Swell, 2006
First open ocean crossing of 3,300 miles from Galapagos to Marquesas Islands, 2007
In 2007 Surfing Magazine named Liz one of five “World’s Most Committed Surfers”
First solo ocean crossing 3,500 miles to and from the Line Islands from French Polynesia, 2008
Featured in film Dear and Yonder, 2009
Surpassed 18,000 nautical miles of captaining Swell in the Pacific, 2011
Works have been published in Surfing Magazine, Surfer’s Journal, Foam Magazine, Sail Magazine, Wend Magazine, National Geographic and National Geographic Adventure, Surfer, Outside Magazine, Surfer’s Path and more. Over 500 travel blogs posted on http://www.swellvoyage.com.
For our 50th year, we’re looking forward, not back, to life on Earth. Together, we can prioritise purpose over profit and protect this wondrous planet, our only home.