The Cleanest Line
Liz Clark

Liz Clark

After college, Liz Clark departed Southern California in her 40-foot sailboat, Swell, enchanted by foreign waves and cultures. Nine years and 20,000 nautical miles later, Swell is still her floating home and transportation. When she’s not surfing perfect reef passes in the South Pacific, she’s working to raise environmental awareness through writing and photography. Liz is the author of Swell: A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage Of Awakening.


Caught by the heavy winds of a fast-moving South Pacific squall, Liz Clark heads to the mast to put another reef in Swell’s sail. Photo: Tahui Tufaimea

High Voltage

Mar 26, 2018 March 26, 2018

After an hour’s sleep, I wake to the sound of fat raindrops pelting the deck. The noise quickly escalates into a deafening torrent, and I push up off the settee and climb up the steps. Glancing at the radar screen on my way up, I see a massive squall blacking… Read More

Above: A load of bananas for Raiarii’s family on Puka Puka. All photos courtesy of Liz Clark and the Voyage of Swell

Special Delivery

Feb 22, 2013 February 22, 2013

  Editor’s note: We’re happy to follow up on Dallas Hyland’s moving tribute to Patagonia ambassdor Liz Clark — after she broke her neck bodysurfing — with good news. Liz’s neck has healed up well and she’s back in Tahiti living on an organic vanilla farm… Read More

Runnin’ the Tidal Rapids

Runnin’ the Tidal Rapids

Nov 10, 2011 November 10, 2011

With a brief window of calm winds, Crystal and I readied Swell to move east among the atolls. With the news of Barry’s passing, I wanted to check out what was rumored to be a new boatyard on an obscure strip… Read More