Around the World

Posted online: May 2018

Captain Liz Clark is a surfer and environmentalist whose hope is to inspire others to live out their passions, while making a dream of sailing the world in her 40-foot sailboat a reality

By Isabel Bassi Photographs from Swell: A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening

Liz Clark grew up in San Diego, California, with an itch to be the captain of her own boat and embrace the beautiful freedom that comes with being at sea. A former UC Santa Barbara student (who majored in Environmental Studies) and fierce competitor on the school’s surf team, Clark had a deep respect promoting environmentally sustainable living. Her recent book Swell: A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening (Patagonia) tells of her remarkable voyage as the 22-yaer-old captain of Swell, her 40-foot, and how the rough seas, travel, and great outdoor experiences allowed her to delve into deeper self-awareness and live her ultimate dream.


It’s in reading her book that we learn about her great emphasis on embracing the natural world and pursuing whatever it is that internally drives us as individuals. For more than 10 years, Clark has maintained her adventures through writing, blogging, photography, representing environmentally conscious brands, and earning recognition as a captain and an activist for Mother Nature herself. Following are excerpts from Clark’s incredible adventures and her photo journal. Continue to follow her expeditions at


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