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Liz’s Wild Idea: To pursue a dream of sailing to remote places, and living life aboard her sailboat, Swell. To encourage people to be brave, search inside themselves, and to help protect the environment and places we play.
Liz Clark is an adventurer, surfer, sailboat captain, and now an author, with her first book coming out next year with Patagonia Books.
In 2005, Liz pursued her lifelong dream to live on her sailboat, and set sail from Santa Barbara to French Polynesia. She’s sailed over 20,000 miles since, and along her journey, has learned a lot about herself, life, and the world. She discovered that exploration doesn’t just happen when you travel around the world - it happens within as you challenge and push yourself.
Liz is a good friend, and we had a great time talking. She is so genuine and thoughtful, and I love how open she is in talking about her voyage, her boat, the process of writing a book, and some of the challenges she’s overcome and changes she’s experienced.
Listen to this episode if:
You sail, surf or want to learn how.
You love books or want to write one.
You love traveling.
You love adventure.
You are curious about going deeper inside yourself.
5:40 - How Liz achieved her dream to sail after college.
7:30 - Some of Liz’s favorite book titles that didn’t make the cut.
9:35 - What Liz hopes people take away from her upcoming book.
12:20 - How to overcome your fears to pursue your wild ideas.
14:10 - What challenges Liz had to overcome.
17:00 - How Liz knows so much about sailing and the nautical world.
21:55 - Liz’s advice for people dealing with pain or fear.
25:25 - The importance of taking time to work on yourself.
26:30 - The best way to appreciate new cultures.
27:45 - What Liz does to help the environment.
30:55 - Liz’s encounter with a woman on a beach.
33:15 - Who is Tropicat?
34:15 - How Liz’s spirituality has changed.
36:30 - Why you have to learn to let go, especially out in the elements.
37:50 - Why we need to be worried about climate change and come together to fix it.
39:55 - Liz’s relationship with Jimmy Buffett.
41:35 - How you actually say “Tahiti.”
42:00 - Liz’s daily routines.
46:35 - Liz’s favorite books.
Shelby Stanger has sandboarded down desolate sand dunes in South Africa, standup paddled a remote portion of the Peruvian Amazon, spent 60 days on a tour bus as the first female pit reporter for the Vans Warped Tour, and interviewed countless CEOs and athletes on assignment.
Her published stories have been featured in: Self, ESPNW.com, Outside, The San Diego Union Tribune, CNN.com, Women’s Adventure, Surfer Magazine, South Africa’s Cape Argus Newspaper, and Shop-Eat-Surf.com (an industry trade site covering the multi-billion-dollar action sports industry) where she is a regular reporter.
Brand like Nike, PrAna, Vans, Body Glove, The International Surfing Association, Lululemon, and Global Surf Industries have all hired Shelby to help them with their media and marketing strategies and to tell better stories, gaining them more customers, fans and sales.
Previously, Shelby was the international marketing manager at Vans, where for over five years she oversaw brand’s activities in Asia, Latin America, Canada and the Australia/New Zealand regions. At Vans, she also contributed chapters to the book, Off the Wall: Stories of Sole From Vans Originals.
Shelby is passionate about fitness, nutrition, and giving back. Aside from teaching surfing at the Surf Diva Surf School (where she has been a part-time surf instructor since 1996), Shelby volunteers and also serves as a Board Member for Outdoor Outreach, a leading non-profit in San Diego that teaches inner city kids to surf, snowboard and rock climb.
While she spent a few years working remotely from Costa Rica and in New Zealand, she currently spends most of her time in San Diego where she enjoys surfing, yoga, running, volunteering with kids, and sampling the best local green juice and plant based foods from wherever she is in world.