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SWELL – A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening


Chasing a dream is never easy, but if you go far enough, it will set you free.

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Probably the best book you will read this year!

Read our full book review. We gave it 5/5 stars. It is our most recommended book.


Captain Liz Clark has done what many imagine but few follow-through on. She has also done it solo. One the world’s most committed surfers and an ambassador for Patagonia, her book, Swell: A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening so eloquently written, shares the highs and deepest challenges on an aquatic life of 12 years at sea.

Read this book if: you have an insatiable appetite for new experiences and an ever-increasing bucket list.

Buy this book for friends who: value the search for something that just can’t be put into words.


Captain Liz Clarke
Captain Liz Clark.
Photo by Lazarus


Captain Liz Clark spent her youth dreaming of traveling the world by sailboat and surfing remote waves. When she was 22, she met a mentor who helped turn her desire into reality. Embarking on an adventure that most only fantasize about, she set sail from Santa Barbara, California, as captain of her 40-foot sailboat, Swell, headed south in search of surf, self, and the wonder and learning that lies beyond the unbroken horizon.

In true stories overflowing with wild waves and constant challenges, at the whim of the weather, of relationships sweet and sour, of nature’s marvels and colorful cultures, Liz captures her voyage in gripping detail in this memoir, sharing tales of sailing in high seas, of solitude and surprises, of finding connection to the earth and commitment to living in harmony with it. She witnesses how her dream leads her to understanding the unity of all things.

More than ten years, 20,000 miles, countless adventures, and one cat later, she’s still out there.



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