What lead up to this can be traced back to windsurfing. Or at least I think it can, then the more I dig the more connections I find and the more I loose sight of what really started it.
Though was windsurfing that got me to Punta San Carlos in the first place and windsurfing that had me go on to stay there and learn how to surf over the time that followed. It was windsurfing that gave me my first taste of the Pacific North West Coast during the AWT and windsurfing that had driven the photographs that won me the support which has me believing that this might be that thing. That big break, the magic moment where my photography catches the right eye so that it might ensure the adventure continues.
It hadn’t dawned on me at the time the idea came to me, I just figured I’d head north so that I could drive the Pacific Coast Highway in a southerly direction. Then I remembered that the best time of year for surf was the winter months. When people started mentioning the El Niño, I knew the timing is perfect…
My timing however is not so perfect and the adventure has started before I could get this post out and see if there is anyone else who would like to support the adventure from the start. My initial intention was to see if I could get a few surf/adventure brands to support the journey. Not only to help me fund it but to give my photography a focus, some defined subjects. But, I’ve just had my first surf in 3 months and realize that it doesn’t matter. I am going to do it anyway, because I want to do it for myself, I want to see where this adventure leads and if anyone wants to join along the way they are welcome to. That said a huge thank you must go out to those who have already supported me in getting here.
Currently in Jordan River on Vancouver Island Canada, today’s surf marks the start of this chapter, I’m not sure exactly where or when it will end, but the idea is there. I’ll spend the next two months driving down the west coast of America documenting the El Niño season. I wish I didn’t have to put a time limit on it but my American visa expires mid Feb, by which time I expect to be crossing the boarder into Mexico to continue south.
If I am to look further down the line the journey has to potential to take me down through Baja, visiting all the surf breaks I should have in my two years there, then into mainland Mexico and finally into Peru for port tack version of Punta San Carlos. That is the idea at least, but as I have said before, I’m rather flexible with my plans and have no doubt that this adventure will take on a life of it’s own.
My intention is to document the journey with a series of surf diaries which maybe one day can be compiled into a book or something similar. I’ll be uploading these sporadically as I am travelling with no connection. Having watched Chris Burkhard’s Ted talk, I want to show people that they don’t have to travel to the ends of the earth to disconnect and find solitude, simply turn off. It is your choice.