San Diego, CA
When Liz was 9, her family spent a year sailing the Mexican coast. “That trip inspired my dream to sail around the world,” she says. After college, she turned her dream into reality, leaving Southern California in her 40-foot sailboat, Swell. Now, when not surfing perfect reef passes in the South Pacific, she’s working to raise environmental awareness through writing, film and photography.
- 2001 National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) College Women’s National Surfing Champion
- Departed from Southern California aboard Swell in 2006
- Completed her first open ocean crossing of 3,300 miles from Galapagos to Marquesas Islands in 2007
- Surfing Magazine named Liz one of five World’s Most Committed Surfers in 2007
- First solo ocean crossing covering 3,500 miles to and from the Line Islands from French Polynesia in 2008
- Featured in film Dear and Yonder in 2009
- Surpassed 20,000 nautical miles of captaining Swell in the Pacific in 2014
- 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year
- Works published in Surfing Magazine, Surfer’s Journal, Foam Magazine, Sail Magazine, Wend Magazine, National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, Surfer, Outside Magazine, Surfer’s Path and more.
- Over 500 travel blogs posted on http://www.swellvoyage.com.