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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."
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Deep Water Hawai’i
Summer Surf Catalog
Single-handed sailing, paddling out to empty reef passes, spearing fresh ono for dinner, tackling environmental problems with the same tenacity it takes to charge giant surf: Our new Surf catalog provides a look at some of the things that inspire us most, as seen through the lives of Patagonia ambassadors Liz Clark, Léa Brassy, Hank Gaskell and Dan Ross.
The More Things Change (Trailer)
The Voyage of Swell
By the time Capt. Clark made it back to shore, her crew had disappeared without a trace.
The crew, in this case, was Amelia the Tropicat, Liz Clark’s sole companion on her sailboat, Swell. Though she’d spent most of her life afloat, and bore the name of an esteemed female explorer, Amelia had always been a bit suspicious of the ocean. “I was going surfing with a lady who lives on the island where I’m writing my book,” Liz remembers. “But we had to cross a lagoon to get to the smaller islet where the wave was. I only had my board, and Amelia hates swimming, so a local offered to take her on his canoe. It was slippery fiberglass, and she fell in twice on the way across. When we got there she was pretty upset, but I toweled her off and she seemed alright. So I set out some water and food for her as I usually do when I go surfing. When I came in, she was gone. I searched for hours, but she never reappeared. I finally gave up, but knowing she was on a contained islet with plenty of rats to eat, I felt OK about leaving her there.”
With Amelia gone, it was back to solitude. Being alone was nothing new, though—a decade of single-handed sailing had given Liz plenty of practice in the art of independence.
Liz was only 7, when she first started sailing dinghies in San Diego, California. Her love for the water deepened with time, eventually leading to surf contests and a collegiate national championship. After finishing her degree in Environmental Studies, she met a retired professor who was hoping someone would sail his boat around the world so he, at 80 years old, could live vicariously through the voyage. Liz was the perfect candidate, so they began outfitting his Cal-40 for transoceanic travel. Her dream was to sail to unspoiled islands—and to find remote places where she could paddle out into perfect, empty waves.
With innovative blended microfiber linings that hold snug to the skin when wet, our new Nanogrip Top and Side Grip Tie Bottoms stay put through surf sessions, freedives and training paddles. Cross-back ties cinch down for a secure and fully adjustable fit, and a minimalist bottom design offers reduced drag for streamlined performance in the water.
The Fisherman’s Son
Help Protect Punta de Lobos
“As surfers, we all have the responsibility to protect our waves.”
A few years ago, Patagonia ambassador Ramón Navarro came to us with news that the shoreline of his home spot, Punta de Lobos in Chile, was in danger of being paved and privatized for large-scale condo and resort projects. We’ve seen too many unspoiled coastlines lost to thoughtless development over the years, so we knew we had to do everything we could to help. In partnership with Save The Waves, we launched the Punta de Lobos Por Siempre crowdfunding campaign, raising funds to safeguard biodiversity, protect the surf and preserve access to Lobos for all.
We’re happy to report that there has been significant progress in the last twelve months: The locally based Fundación Punta de Lobos has been created to acquire and manage land through conservation easements, and a promissory note has been written to sell the iconic property at the top of the point, known as the Mirador, solely to the Fundación. Putting our money where our mouth is, Patagonia is also matching $100,000 in donations to the campaign. The local activists and donors we’re working with have made amazing strides, but the Fundación is still in need of funds to acquire the Mirador. A difficult battle to protect the entire shoreline of Punta de Lobos still lies ahead. But if we all pull together, we can help make Ramón’s dream a reality: To preserve the fragile beauty of Punta de Lobos, now and forever.
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Introducing the world's first neoprene-free wetsuits, made with natural rubber derived from sources that are Forest Stewardship Council™ certified by the Rainforest Alliance.
Coming Fall 2016