Girl Surfs World

Topsy-Turvy "Bus Chase" at Sea

Crashing waves and cabin fever don't deter Liz and her mom from making the best of their journey across the sea. Read story.

Monday, July 9, 2007


Liz returns to The Indy with a full, post-Galapagos update. Read story.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Captain Liz Resurfaces

In what will be the longest - and perhaps most grueling - passage of her trip, the former Endless Summer bartender is joined by her fearless mother in her trans-Pacific crossing. Read story.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Round Two: Liz Plus Marcos vs. Entropy

The first day Marcos came over to help I was curled in a pathetic heap on the cabin floor, battling exhaustion and a nasty cold. With the explosion of projects, there was nowhere else to sleep. He quickly returned with chicken noodle soup and ideas about our impending venture. Read story.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Round One: Liz vs. Entropy

When Liz's boat springs a leak in the waters off Panama City, she enlists the help of a newfound friend Read story.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Panama City: Gateway to the World

Liz Clarke braves Panama City's taxis, ships and thieves. Read story.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

You Got To Know When To Hold'em

Proving once again that surf travel is rarely about the actual act of surfing, Captain Liz puts her lady luck to work for her in an impromtu game of High Low with a cigar smoking ex-pat. No doubt inspired by her love affair with Kenny Rogers, the surf stalking captain shows that she "knows when to walk away and when to run"- and in this case- apparently that time is when you find yourself $300 richer. Read story.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Foosball in Samoa del Sur

Proving that there is life after ear infections, Captain Liz gets back in the saddle again after returning stateside for medical relief. Not yet 100 percent but speeding fast on the road to recovery, Liz returns to Costa Rica and dives headlong into repairs, paper work and an international match of foosball. Read story.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A Pain-in-the-Ear in Paradise

Forced to return home to California just before the holidays due to the wickedness living in her ear canal, Captain Liz recounts her final pain-filled days in Costa Rica and a bittersweet adventure to a waterfall in Golfito. Read story.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Earaches and Dead Geckos Don't Stop Liz

Panana holds more surprises for Liz, including the loss of a travel companion, a bit of Santa Barbara hospitality, and big surprise in the end. Read story.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Panama Greets Liz with Lightning

In the company of a dear friend, Captain Liz and Swell get some much need supplies delivered from home and then, on their way into Panama, get up close and personal with a vicious static lighting storm. And in case you didn't know, blasting bolts of electricity while floating in a tiny boat on a big ocean is about as far from pleasure-cruising as you can possibly imagine. Read story.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Ears and Waves Swell near Puerto Jimenez

After a holiday/ear plague-induced hiatus, Captain Liz is back in the saddle again, talking story from the surf-stuffed shores of Central America. This week, called into action by a braggadocious internet cafe patron, Liz ignores the soul sucking evil that has been living in her ears in recent weeks and scores waves, runs into some old friends, and gets coconut hunting lessons. Read story.

Monday, January 8, 2007

Quepos, Domincalito, y Pavones

Still plagued by bad ears and the mystery illness living in them, Captain Liz recounts a classic crossing from Costa Rica in early November complete with wicked seas, wild winds, heaps of vomit, and perfect waves at the end of the road. With antibiotics currently working their magic, Liz hopes to be back underway within a week or so - she just needs her ears to dry out first. So until then, here is a vintage vignette about life on the high seas. Read story.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Ears to Good Friends

A truly hideous infection has taken hold of Captain Liz and her two ears in recent weeks. Currently trying to dry out her inner lobes and receive professional medical attention back in the gringo-landia of San Jose, Costa Rica, Liz recounts her mid November passage with three members of Patagonia's women's surf team Mary Osborne, Belinda Baggs, and Maureen Drummy. Read story.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Boys to Women

Currently chasing waves along the north coast of Panama, Captain Liz Clark recounts a pre-turkey day Surfing Magazine photo shoot at Witch's Rock in Costa Rica, spreads the word about massive biodiesel super boats, and admits that she actually misses the surf-starved shores of Santa Barbara. Read story.

Monday, November 27, 2006
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