- May 2017
An Ode To Salt Water Travel
Salt water travel is an escape, a pocket of air that sustains us through the winter, a migration to find warmer shores and the thunder of breaking waves. You don’t need much to follow the waves, just a decent board and enough coin to cover the basics.
Listen while you read: Plug in, turn up the volume, and lose yourself in the moment.
Following the trail along an unspoilt coastline, searching for solitude and the addictive rush of going in deep and making it out the other side. The taste of salt and the patterns it makes as the spray dries on our skin. This is the reason we travel the distance. We set off dreaming about waves and we return with stories. Memories of people who are alive with all their senses, incredible untouched places that are a speck on the edge of a map, sharing a cold one with friends, new experiences that taught us things about ourselves that we never knew – this is what salt water travel is about. The ocean is a destination, but the journey is wide open.
The energy builds up months before every trip, the anticipation ahead of the voyage, the opportunity to break free from old routines and surroundings, living in paradise and surfing from sunrise to sunset – even for a season. There is the moment when it becomes real, when we find ourselves in warm waters and the colours become more vivid, when life snaps into focus. The world around us becomes calmer and simpler, as slow as the rise and fall of the tide. We adjust the time on our watches, and slow down to the present moment – far from home with no obligations, no distractions, free from the weight that follows us around.
You don’t need much to follow the waves. Just a decent board and enough coin to cover the basics. Save up in the summer and migrate south in the winter to anywhere that’s warm, wild and has good surf. Seek out real experiences, far from the surf shacks and tourist towns, wandering just far enough from the sand to get to know the place. You might have to travel further, push on for longer, but it’s worth it to find a desolate beach that you have never surfed before with huge waves rolling in one after the other. The only people to share them with are the crazy ones, the surfers on the same journey as you.
Remote places remind us that there is more to life than making money and getting ahead. Surrounded by natural beauty and the enormity of the waves, we ask more of ourselves. We surf bigger waves than we thought possible, and we live to tell the tale. We reconnect with who we really are and what we want from our lives. Salt water travel is a pilgrimage to find our purpose – what we want to do with the short time we have on this amazing planet. We can’t always find these answers in the city when we’re busy getting through the week and slaving away to keep up. Sometimes we need to step out of society to find ourselves.
Hanging with other surfers and people from different cultures opens our minds. It’s only when we see the complete happiness in the eyes of smiling strangers who live a simple life with little money that we consider our priorities. We understand that what really matters is enjoying the waves right there in front of you and connecting with other humans. That’s when conversations and chance encounters happen, and when our experiences become memories and sometimes even change our path, taking us on to the next place to surf new horizons.
We never return the same person at the end of a trip. We are always altered, opened up, changed for the better. We are more optimistic and relaxed, less anxious. You can tell when someone has travelled a lot. There’s something about them that is worldly, more humble, slower in their actions. They have a wisdom and experience that transcends education. They drift out into the ocean to seek solace among the breaking waves. It’s out there alone that they feel most alive, and they bring this feeling back to land – back home with them – to share with others.
MEN'S ESSENTIAL GEAR FOR SALT WATER TRAVEL:
Pioneer Black Backpack
Designed with everyday adventures in mind, it hits the sweet spot between simple styling and functionality...
WOMEN'S ESSENTIAL GEAR FOR SALT WATER TRAVEL:
Breezer Geo Boardshorts
Whether you are on land or sea this elasticated waist short makes the perfect companion...