I’ve spent the last few years travelling the world enjoying some epic adventures and as part of this I created a travel bucket list – a list that’s has heaps of things added to it and I’m stoked to say a lot of things ticked off it too.
Whether it’s diving with whale sharks in Koh Tao, landing my dream job as a surf instructor or hiking the Inca Trail having a bucket list has definitely helped me make the most of my backpacking travels and it’s packed full of stuff I still want to see and do someday.
I also created my scuba diving bucket list too – specifically for all things dive related.
But it’s suddenly crossed my mind that despite surfing being such a big part of my lifestyle and travels I’ve still not created a surfing bucket list…so I thought it was about time that I write it all down, some of which I’ve already completed, but there’s a lot still to tick off!
1) Learn to surf – DONE! I learnt to surf at 15 in Croyde, North Devon
2) Surf in Australia – DONE! I hit up Oz for the first time in 2009 and surfed heaps!
3) Surf Noosa Point – DONE! I was luckily enough to score 4 foot perfect Tea Tree Point, longboard heaven!
4) Watch Teauphoo from the channel (an epic big wave spot)
5) Meet Kelly Slater (I’ve seen him surf at a comp but I haven’t really met him face to face yet)
6) Meet Andy Irons – DONE! I was stoked to meet Andy Irons before he passed away, he was jogging up the beach after a free surf and was nice enough to sign the surf mag I was reading!
7) Meet Mick Fanning – DONE! I met him at a Ripcurl signing in Tweed Heads
8) Surf Road Trip In A Van – DONE! I lived in a van for the best part of a year in Australia!
9) Surf trip the Devon and Cornish Coast before hitting the west coast of Europe all the way down to Morocco
11) Enjoy a surf charter in Bali – DONE! On my first big trip through Asia I headed to Indo and jumped on the Dreamweaver Surf Charter through Bali, Lombok and Sumbawa
12) Surf Uluwatu – DONE! It’s one of Indos best spots, it wasn’t big but it was still heaps scary!
13) Surf all 7 continents (I’ve completed 5 out of 7, just North America and Antartica left!)
14) Ride the Severn Bore, UK
15) Learn to surf reef breaks – DONE! I tackled my first reef out in Indo, an amazing learning curve
16) Perfect my cross step (I’m a longboarder and cross stepping is heap stylish, I’m nearly there!)
17) Hang 10 – DONE! I can safely say I can get all my toes on the nose!
18) Surf in Fiji
19) Surf JBay – DONE! I paddled out at JBay on my recent surf trip in South Africa with Ticket To Ride
20) Surf in Byron Bay – DONE! I actually lived in Byron for nearly 7 months whilst in Australia
21) Surf Raglan, NZ – DONE! One of the best point breaks in the world and an amazing surf town
22) Get a GoPro barrel shot (ugggghhhh I’m getting so close to ticking this one off!)
23) Surf trip with my little bro – DONE! I’m stoked to have travelled and surfed through Morocco, Indo and Australia with my bro
24) Become a surf instructor – DONE! I qualified as a surf coach back in 2010 and since then I’ve worked seasons in the UK, Ecuador, Morocco and Portugal, it really is a dream job!
25) Make a mini surf movie – DONE! Check out my Byron Bay surf movie in this blog post…
26) Learn to shape my own surfboard
27) Surf the Mentawais, Indonesia – DONE! One of the best surf trips of my life with my little bro!
28) Surf Iceland (yes there’s surf there too!)
29) Longboard in Malibu, Calfornia
30) Travel and surf in Hawaii
31) Surf Mancora and Lobitos – DONE! These amazing left hand point breaks in Northern Peru are a goofy footers dream!
32) Follow the WCT around the world
33) Get a shot of a surfer being barrelled – DONE! My first real barrel shot was of my buddy Pat getting shacked in Byron Bay, I’m still stoked on it now!
34) Watch a WCT event in real life – DONE! I caught the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks back in 2010 and it was amazing to watch the pros in real life
35) Enjoy board short sessions – DONE! For years I surfed in the UK in a full length suit, boots, gloves and twat cap. I’m stoked to say that these days boardies are my most common surf wear!
37) Learn to helicopter (taking off on a longboard with the fins at the front and spinning the board as you drop into the wave – looks awesome!)
38) Launch my own range of surfwear (a big pipe dream I know but aim high right?!)
39) Avoid surfing cold water for a whole year – DONE! 2012 was a wetsuit free year but still packed full of waves!
40) Buy a house/some land within walking distance of the surf
41) Get a photo of me surfing published in a surf mag (I’ve had a shot of me taking surf photos published in Australia Longboarding Magazine, does that count?!)
42) Get some of my surf photos/articles published – DONE! I’ve contributed regularly to Drift Surf Magazine (both online and print) for a few years now.
43) Get one of my surf photos as a front cover (now how epic would that be!?)
44) Enjoy a sunset surf with some beers in the lineup – DONE! Me and my buddies Gijs and Leah paddled out in Montanita, Ecuador with a few beers and enjoyed a rather tipsy sunset session!
45) Enter a surf competition (I’ve never really wanted to compete but I think it would be a fun experience)
46) Surf with dolphins – DONE! I’ve been joined in the lineup by some friendly dolphins on a few occasions now, it’s always a treat!
47) Work in the surf industry – DONE! I’ve worked in a number of surf jobs now including surf coaching and also in the surf travel industry too
48) Surf Central America (Nicaragua and Costa Rica have long been on my surf destination list)
49) Get a surf sponsor (ok it’s not going to be Ripcurl or anything but it would be sweet to have someone supply all my surf kit to promote on my travels!)
50) Carry on surfing for the rest of my life (I want to be that styling old dude on a longboard when I’m heaps old!)