This video clip made the hairs on our necks stand up this morning. Real change is on it’s way and we can’t wait.
We’ve never really been into fortune telling so when we cracked the fortune cookie open 50 miles north of Santa Barbara we laughed at the message inside. “Your road to glory will be rocky, but fulfilling”. Little did we know this little cookie was telling the truth.
That afternoon after a sweet and sour lunch at Panda Express we had a real tough climb up through some big hills with no shoulder. We were rewarded though with sweeping views from the top of the mountains and the best downhills of the trip. Further south again the hills disappeared and we cruised through Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Muscle Beach, and Huntington Beach. There were smooth, wide, Tarmac cycle paths right along the beach taking us to to our resting place for the next couple of weeks. So it was just like the fortune cookie said, “rocky, but fulfilling”.
For those of you who are interested in our current whereabouts, we are staying near a surf spot called Trestles in San Clemente, California. We are working on a project with the Surfrider Foundation and are here for around 20 more days before we head to Costa Rica for our winter there in Nosara. Before we fly though we will finish what we started and complete the ride to Mexico. We are about 90 miles from the border and are heading down to Tijuana next weekend, without our luggage. Since it is our last day on the road we invite anyone who would like to join us to tag along on Saturday 2nd Nov. So who’s in?
When we were in Capitola, just south of Santa Cruz we met up with professional surfer and Patagonia Team Rider, Kyle Thiermann.
Kyle first caught our eye doing his TED talk, on stage in a wetsuit, surfboard in hand campaigning on environmental issues. We have been following his work ever since, we knew he was based in Capitola and since we were stopping for the night we got in touch and met up with him for some dinner and drinks at Suda.
Kyle founded Surfing for Change to educate the world and specifically the surfing community, about environmental issues. His angle is not to preach but to tell stories that are entertaining, informative and grab the attention of an audience that often times tune out.
He recently released a film ‘Indonesia Trash Tubes’ that has already had over 30,000 views.
Kyle is only 23 and is engaging thousands of people with his projects, his passion and enthusiasm where infectious. With huge respect and admiration we left Capitola encouraged that his Outstanding work is really making a difference around the globe.
Five months ago we left our home in Wales and the journey that ensued has turned out to be the most incredible journey of our lives. We have had more adventures and given birth to more stories in the last five months than many folks do in a lifetime. We feel so privileged and utterly grateful to have been to the places we have been, met the people we have met and played in the oceans we have played in, it has been a dream come true.
We have learnt that behind any outstanding organisation, are outstanding people, full of wisdom, humour, patience, love, courage and kindness. We have been so lucky to spend time with these people and many have become life long friends and mentors. They have taught us things that neither of us will ever forget.
Below are a bunch of people that made our trip so remarkable, and we’ll leave you with a thought; the most courageous thing in the world is to love yourself. Thanks Duke.