Three manta rays lead Liz Clark and her sailboat, Swell, through a South Pacific atoll pass. JODY MACDONALD
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Ramón Navarro paddles up the point for one more at the home break he is helping to protect. Punta de Lobos, Chile. RODRIGO FARIAS MORENO

The Fisherman’s Son

Born and raised at Punta de Lobos, Ramón Navarro found his passion riding the biggest waves on the planet. But his accomplishments in giant surf are just one part of a bigger vision to protect the culture and environment
of the Chilean coast.

Punta de Lobos Por Siempre: Protect the Point Forever

Punta de Lobos, one of the world’s best left points, is home to Patagonia surf ambassador Ramón Navarro. Local community members, with leadership from Ramón and support from our partners at Save The Waves, have been working tirelessly to protect the point’s waves, heritage and environment from unchecked and unsustainable development. Preserving the way of life of multi-generational fishing families like the Navarros goes hand-in-hand with safeguarding the rich marine and terrestrial biodiversity of Chile’s coast.

We support Ramón, local citizens, and Save The Waves in their vision to protect Punta de Lobos forever—Por Siempre!

Crowdsourced funds go directly to development of the World Surfing Reserve at Punta de Lobos, protection of the area’s traditional fishing culture and marine biodiversity, and creation of a local foundation to protect this iconic point.

Save The Waves Coalition is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the coastal environment, through a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action focused on the surf zone.

Liz Clark - Ten Days in the Tuamotus
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Liz Clark and her cat, Amelia, head back to Swell (outfitted with a kitty ladder in case water-loathing Amelia falls in the drink). JODY MACDONALD

Liz Clark
Ten Days in the Tuamotus

Liz Clark

Liz Clark

Solo sailor Liz Clark calls her boat, Swell, the chariot of her dreams. It's been her home for the last 10 years, giving her a ticket to freedom and a means of accessing the remote waves of French Polynesia.

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Kimi Werner - Ten Days in the Tuamotus
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Kimi Werner exploring the reefs of French Polynesia. JODY MACDONALD

Kimi Werner
Ten Days in the Tuamotus

At anchor in the South Pacific, Liz Clark flies toward a midday dip after a long morning of work on her 40' sailboat, <em>Swell</em>. LIZ CLARK COLLECTION
Liz Clark flies toward a midday dip. LIZ CLARK COLLECTION

Power Suit

There's more to a great swimsuit than how it looks on the beach. Fair labor conditions in factories, durable construction and designs that stay put in the most challenging conditions. Backed by our Ironclad Guarantee, our suits are workwear for waterwomen—made to fit every aspect of an ocean-focused life.

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Three manta rays lead Liz Clark and her sailboat, Swell, through a South Pacific atoll pass. JODY MACDONALD
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Three manta rays lead Liz Clark and her sailboat, Swell, through a South Pacific atoll pass. JODY MACDONALD

Ten Days in the Tuamotus

So often, the best inspiration comes from friends. Not long ago, Kimi Werner and Léa Brassy joined Liz Clark on her sailboat, Swell, for a sailing, surfing, and freediving trip where they foraged for their own meals and explored the true beauty of the Tuamotus. Combining powers above and below the surface, they had a chance to share the things that motivate them the most—seeking challenge, getting back to basics and staying true to the authentic self.

"I had a 450-mile upwind voyage to meet them, but to be able to introduce Kimi and Léa to the life I live on Swell was really special,” Liz recounts. “It was awesome to be with girls so much like myself who love and cherish the same things. We were so happy riding waves, diving and gathering and cooking food together."

 Put ‘em together and X marks the spot. Nick Christensen triangulates his position in the Caroline Islands. RICHARD KOTCH
Put ‘em together and X marks the spot. Nick Christensen triangulates his position in the Caroline Islands. RICHARD KOTCH

Talking Trash

We started making recycled polyester from plastic bottles in 1993—the first surf company to transform trash into functional products. Our Stretch Planings are made of fast-drying 100% recycled polyester, cutting waste and helping us reduce our use of petroleum for raw materials. Relentlessly tested, we believe in them so much that they're backed with our Ironclad Guarantee.

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Under cover with Eala Stewart. DOMENIC MOSQUEIRA
More farm fields, less oil fields. DAVID SANCHEZ
Made with 60% plant-based biorubber, our Yulex®/Nexkin® Front-Zips are helping us shift away from nonrenewable neoprene. By developing a high-performing alternative and sharing it with the surf industry, we're staying true to our mission: Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. DAVID SANCHEZ

High Honors

When we introduced wetsuits made from a weed, there were people who thought we'd been smoking something. But then our Yulex®/Nexkin® Front-Zip was named SIMA's Wetsuit of the Year and Environmental Product of the Year for 2014. Now featuring an all-new asymmetrical entry and new patterning for increased flex, our award-winning suit is getting even better.

Patagonia Men's R2® Yulex® / Nexkin® Front-Zip Full Wetsuit Patagonia Men's R2® Yulex® / Nexkin® Front-Zip Full Wetsuit