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Like treasure hunters, surfers are pre­pared to go to al­most any lengths to find a trove of gems with the right shape, size and colour; even if they leave us clutch­ing at noth­ing but the mem­o­ries of the rides we’ve had. How­ever, like the treasure seeker who is con­sumed by his lust for riches, there is a risk that the fo­cus of our search be­comes too sin­gle-di­men­sional.

Sure, we all want to get mind­lessly bar­relled on ev­ery trip, but our zeal for waves shouldn’t en­tirely blind us to the other joys of travel. Surf ex­pe­di­tions don’t only re­veal a range of new set ups, they also in­tro­duce us to a myr­iad of cul­tures and peo­ple. If we choose di­verse paths and ap­proach our en­coun­ters with open minds then the jour­ney be­comes a process by which we grow, learn and chal­lenge our per­spec­tive of the world.

Of the ben­e­fits of travel Mark Twain, fa­mous writer and Mis­sis­sippi river raft surfer, summed it up well when he stated:

“Travel is fa­tal to prej­u­dice, big­otry, and nar­row-mind­ed­ness, and many of our peo­ple need it sorely on these ac­counts. Broad, whole some, char­i­ta­ble views of men and things can not be ac­quired by veg­e­tat­ing in one lit­tle cor­ner of the earth all one’ s life­time .”

This month’s is­sue fea­tures a range of travel sto­ries de­signed to in­spire you to ex­plore a lit­tle be­yond the bar­rel when you next ven­ture over­seas. The open­ing in­ter­view with the Good­wins and direc­tor, Jess Bianchi, is framed around the mak­ing of their re­cent travel epic – Given. Aamion is best known as a Pipe­line spe­cial­ist and Hawai­ian water­man, while Daize is a for­mer, two-times world long-board­ing cham­pion. The Kauai-based cou­ple was so con­vinced of the ben­e­fits of travel that they de­cided to take their three-year-old son, Given, and three-month-old daugh­ter, Truth, on an odyssey that spans 13 dif­fer­ent coun­tries. In the movie you’ll see them surf through ice­bergs in Ice­land, ride tan­dem with Given on Peru­vian points and score desert-fringed tubes in Gnar­aloo.

How­ever, be­tween bar­rels the Good­wins also free-dive for fish in Fiji, bro down with Nepalese mys­tics, stand on the side­lines for a dusty, Sene­glese wrestling match, take their own bus around New Zealand and me­an­der through Moroc­can Cas­bahs.

The film (down­load at www.given­the­ is a must-see for travel en­thu­si­asts and any­one who may need a lit­tle in­spi­ra­tion to get out of their com­fort zones. Mean­while, the in­ter­view in­side fea­tures the stun­ning photography of Cody Welsh and pro­vides a di­rect in­sight into the mo­ti­va­tions and machi­na­tions as­so­ci­ated with the epic trip.

If the Good­wins didn’t cover enough of the globe for you then there’s a host of other lo­ca­tions, which com­bine the pur­suit of waves with the won­ders of travel.

On the mys­te­ri­ous Mo­tor­cy­cle Is­land Se­bas­tian Wil­liams and Jor­dan Alexan­der dodge croc­o­diles while con­quer­ing a lu­mi­nous left point. Sorry, we’ve been sworn to se­crecy on this one. Not even Mick Fan­ning knows where it is.

Else­where in the mag, Louie Hynd and Kip Caddy land on a jun­gle-fringed coast­line where morn­ing shreds are jug­gled with af­ter­noon so­journs into the wilds, where ele­phants roam, pea­cocks squawk and men­ac­ing snakes coil in the long grass.

In a more an­thro­po­log­i­cal-styled piece, Harry Patchett, makes the pil­grim­age to Is­rael, where Mus­lim and Jewish surfers share the same Mediter­ranean lineup. Against a back­drop of Gaza Strip dis­putes, he asks lo­cals whether or not surf­ing could emerge as the most un­likely source of peace be­tween Pales­tini­ans and Jews.

And if all this is start­ing to feel a lit­tle too es­o­teric, we bring this travel is­sue back to its es­capist roots with a se­ries of fea­tures de­signed to have you vi­su­al­is­ing your next pass­port stamp or rem­i­nisc­ing about your favourite Indo mo­ment. Kirk Owers sup­plies the de­tails on 10 surf trips, which will change your life, while we also look back on some of the more mythol­o­gised episodes in In­done­sian surf­ing his­tory.

Fi­nally, af­ter fol­low­ing some of those in­trepid trails, you’ll prob­a­bly be ready to get pit­ted and kick back by the pool. In our re­sort guide we give you the break­down on 14 of the best set-ups on the planet for com­bin­ing surf­ing with lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Whether you are the hard-core jour­ney­man or cruisey com­fort seeker, this is­sue has a lit­tle bit for ev­ery­one. And to again quote Mark Twain, the man with the silky, phrase turn. “It doesn’t mat­ter where you go, so long as you go some­where.”



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