San Diego, CA
When Liz was nine, her family spent a year sailing the Mexican coast. “That trip inspired my dream of sailing around the world,” she said. 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 and photography.
- National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) College Women’s National Surfing Champion, 2001
- Departed from Southern California aboard Swell, 2006
- First open ocean crossing of 3,300 miles from Galapagos to Marquesas Islands, 2007
- In 2007 Surfing Magazine named Liz one of five “World’s Most Committed Surfers”
- First solo ocean crossing 3,500 miles to and from the Line Islands from French Polynesia, 2008
- Featured in film Dear and Yonder, 2009
- Surpassed 18,000 nautical miles of captaining Swell in the Pacific, 2011
- Works have been published in Surfing Magazine, Surfer’s Journal, Foam Magazine, Sail Magazine, Wend Magazine, National Geographic and National Geographic Adventure, Surfer, Outside Magazine, Surfer’s Path and more. Over 500 travel blogs posted on http://www.swellvoyage.com.