TRAVEL–IT'S ALL GOOD
DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO KEEP RACKING UP THE PASSPORT STAMPS.
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.giventhemovie.com/shop) 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.”
THE GOODWIN FAMILY EXPLORING THE GLOBE FROM EVERY PERSPECTIVE.