April 3, 2018
Nonfiction | Memoir | Sailing | Surfing
ISBN 978-1-938340-54-3
Hardcover, full-color, 320 pages
$35.00 US


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Liz Clark (Somewhere in the South Pacific)

Surfer, sailor, environmentalist and author of Swell


Judy McDonough | | 512-501-4399 ext 710 | Twitter: @jemmcd



Captain Liz Clark spent her youth dreaming of traveling the world by sailboat and surfing remote waves. When she was 22, she met a mentor who helped turn her desire into reality. Embarking on an adventure that most only fantasize about, she set sail from Santa Barbara, California, as captain of her 40-foot sailboat, Swell, headed south in search of surf, self, and the wonder and learning that lies beyond the unbroken horizon.

In true stories overflowing with wild waves and constant challenges, at the whim of the weather, of relationships sweet and sour, of nature’s marvels and colorful cultures, Liz captures her voyage in gripping detail in her memoir, Swell: A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening, sharing tales of sailing in high seas, of solitude and surprises, of finding connection to the earth and commitment to living in harmony with it. She witnesses how her dream leads her to understanding the unity of all things.

More than ten years and 20,000 miles later, she’s still out there.


Captain Liz Clark is a surfer and environmentalist who has been sailing the seas on her 40-foot sailboat, Swell, since early 2006. She is the author of Swell: A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening (Patagonia, 2018). Liz fell in love with surfing while earning her BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara. After college, she turned her dream of sailing the world into reality, sailing south from Southern California through Central America and the Pacific Islands. For more than a decade, she has kept her nomadic ocean lifestyle going through writing, blogging, photography, representing conscious brands, and earning recognition as a surf adventurer, environmental activist, and captain. She hopes to inspire people to live their passions and reconnect with nature and our inherent oneness. She was featured in the film Dear and Yonder (2009), and was nominated for National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2015.


  • Steer With Your Heart, Live Your Dreams: Liz Clark’s discovery that being true to yourself is always the best course
  • Solo at Sea: The fears and gifts that come with solo travel (handling bad weather alone, safety when surfing alone, facing sexual harassment, learning to enjoy your own company)
  • Protecting the Environment: Practical, Immediate Solutions to Make a Positive Difference in the World
  • The Sea Sisterhood: Rather than being in competition with her fellow female surfers/waterwomen, Liz has surrounded herself with fearless, confident women who only want the best for each other
  • Staying afloat financially as a nomad, and how low-budget travel has pushed Liz to connect with more people, use local transportation, waste less, and become more resourceful
  • Liz’s Adventures with Amelia the Tropicat: Finding a connection to all living things, learning to let the wild stay wild, and Liz’s fundraiser to bring more veterinary care to French Polynesia in Amelia’s memory
  • Eating for the Earth: Liz has embraced an organic plant-based diet, to reduce her impact on the planet, and has found it to have a profound impact on her health
  • Take The #PlasticSwearJar Challenge: Commit to reducing dependence on single-use plastics
  • Safer sunscreen tips (one drop of sunscreen can contaminate enough ocean water to fill 6 Olympic-sized swimming pools!)
  • World Oceans Day is June 8, 2018


Tues 3/27 – Kaimuki Bookstore, Da Shop – Honolulu, Hawaii
3565 Harding Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
Event 6pm
10% of sales go to Changing Tides Foundation!

Wed 3/28 – Patagonia Honolulu – Honolulu, Hawaii
940 Auahi St, Honolulu HI
Time: Doors 6:00PM, Event 6:30PM

Thurs 3/29 – Patagonia Haleiwa – Haleiwa, Hawaii
66-250 Kamehameha Hwy., Haleiwa HI
Time: Doors 6:30PM, Event starts at 7:00PM

Mon 4/2 – Patagonia Cardiff – San Diego, California
2185 San Elijo Drive, Cardiff CA
Time: Doors 7:00PM, Event 7:30PM
Live Music & Book readings

Tues 4/3 – Hobie Surf Shop – Laguna Beach, California
294 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA
Time: Doors 7:00PM, Event 7:30PM

Wed 4/4 – Shoreline Yacht Club – Long Beach, California
386 E Shoreline Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802
Time: Doors 6:45, Event 7pm
Hosted by Women’s Sailing Association

Thurs 4/5 – Patagonia Santa Monica – Santa Monica, California
1344 4th St, Santa Monica, CA
Time: Doors 7:00PM, Event 7:30PM

Fri 4/6 – Patagonia Ventura – Ventura, California
235 W Santa Clara St, Ventura, CA
Time: Doors 7:00PM, Event 7:30PM

Sat 4/7 – Sandbox, Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara, California
414 Olive St, Santa Barbara, CA
Time: 7pm
Art show, Live Music, & Book readings

Sun 4/8 – Bang the Drum – San Luis Obispo, California
950 Orcutt Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA
Time: 4pm
Live music by Carmine Terracino, and the Turkey Buzzards, Brick oven pizza

Tues 4/10 – Patagonia Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz, California
415 River St, Santa Cruz CA
Time: Doors 7:00PM, Event 7:30PM

Wed 4/11 – Proof Lab Surf Shop – Mill Valley, California
244 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Time: Doors 7:00PM, Event 7:30PM

Thurs 4/12 – St Francis Yacht Club – San Francisco, California
99 Yacht Rd, San Francisco, CA
Time: 7:00PM

Fri 4/13 – Patagonia Bend – Bend, Oregon
1000 NW Wall St #140, Bend, OR
Time: 7:30pm
Proceeds to Changing Tides Foundation and Protect Our Winters

Mon 4/16 – Patagonia Portland – Portland, Oregon
1106 West Burnside Ave, Portland OR
Time: Doors 7:00PM, Event 7:30PM

Thurs 4/19 – The Temple (Hosted by University Bookstore) – Seattle, Washington
1415 NE 43rd St, Seattle, WA 98105
Time: 7:00 PM

Tues 4/24 — Patagonia Austin – Austin, Texas
316 Congress Ave, Austin, TX
Time: Doors 7:00PM, Event 7:30PM

Wed 4/25— Patagonia St. Paul – St. Paul, Minnesota
1648 Grand Avenue
Time: Doors 7:00PM, Event 7:30PM

Thurs 4/26 – Patagonia Chicago Mag Mile – Chicago, Illinois
48 E Walton St, Chicago IL
Time: Doors 7:00PM, Event 7:30PM

Mon 4/30 – Patagonia Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
5509 Walnut St, Pittsburg, PA
Time: Doors 7:00PM, Event 7:30PM

Tues 5/1 – Patagonia Bowery – NYC
313 Bowery, New York, NY
Time: Doors 7:00PM, Event 7:30PM

Thurs 5/3 – Farias Surf & Sport – Ship Bottom, New Jersey
2800 Long Beach Blvd, Ship Bottom, NJ
Time: Doors 7:00PM, Event 7:30PM

Fri 5/4 – Cinnamon Rainbows – Hampton, New Hampshire
931 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH 03842
Time: Doors 7:00PM, Event 7:30PM

Tues 5/8 – Zeal Optics Headquarters – Boulder, Colorado
1230 Spruce St, Boulder, CO 80302
Time: Doors 6:00PM, Event 7:00PM


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