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Old 09-25-2013, 11:14 AM   #1
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Round Africa with a Surfboard

In 5 days I'm headed across Europe and down the west coast of Africa.

Awhile back I go the idea into my head to strap a surfboard to my motorcycle and ride around looking for waves.



After a fair bit of fiddling and research, a more solid plan formed to tackle Africa. On September 30th 2013, I fly from California to London to meet my beloved DR650. I'd like to circumnavigate the continent in about a year or so, in search of good waves and good times. Route will be something like this:



The plan is to take about 8 months riding from London to Cape Town and if all goes well enough, carry on up the east coast, give the surfboard away to some kid in Tanzania, run up Kilimanjaro, cross the Middle east, and back to Europe. Maybe another 6 months for the return.

This is me:



I'm 37, working as an environmental scientist in Santa Cruz, California mostly trying to solve water pollution problems. I've felt overdue for a trip like this for a long time now. During the past few years, I got myself a bike, learned to ride it on the road and in the dirt, bolted tons of crap to it, learned how to fix as much stuff as possible, lurked on the HUBB, watched Mondo Enduro at least 23 times, and set off on a few short motosurf adventures along the California and Baja coasts (see bugsonmyboard.org).




Bike modifications completed, bike shipped, carnet acquired, vaccinations done, stuff sold, job quit, sanity checked, friends shocked, girlfriend kissed goodbye. Ready to move into my motorbike.



Stay tuned for updates...
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:44 AM   #2
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this sounds fun
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:47 AM   #3
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Sounds awesome, I'm in!


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Old 09-25-2013, 11:51 AM   #4
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On like donkey-kong...

Good luck with the trip bro! subscribed! http://youtu.be/uf5rIuJPTt0
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:01 PM   #5
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Looking Forward to following your travels.
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:04 PM   #6
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Eh? Maaaan! This is Awesome!

Being a surfer myself I just got overwhelmed by your journey! I dream of Mongolia; I've done most of Chile; the entire Argentina; Atacama, Patagonia and shit; one day I'll do the Silk Route in China; but my wildest dreams always seem to back off the combination of adventure riding and surfing... You just nailed!

I'm subscribed, I'm really thrilled as I could be if I was in this journey myself! F*&K man this is great!

I wish all the best and I will follow this no matter what. BUT, you sir MUST report the waves you will find along the way... Although the season for the South Atlantic major swells are coming to its final moments, you will score MOROCCO!! And Namibia, maybe? Skeleton bay? Are you kidding me?

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Old 09-25-2013, 12:24 PM   #7
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Oh my. In.
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:47 PM   #8
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There's some decent waves in Dakar.

Nothing surfable as far as I know in Guinea Bissau, although the Bijagos archipelago is gorgeous, but if you let me know when you're passing through, I'll buy you a beer.

In South Africa, make sure you head past Victoria Bay (about 400km east of Cape town).
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:54 PM   #9
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Wicked And how about some olas, monsieur?

Almost forgot!! Perfect timing for riding sick barrels at basque country!!
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:54 PM   #10
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Thumb Wow.......

This is Epic.....Have fun and be safe. Looking forward to your report and pictures.
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:01 PM   #11
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There's some decent waves in Dakar.

Nothing surfable as far as I know in Guinea Bissau, although the Bijagos archipelago is gorgeous, but if you let me know when you're passing through, I'll buy you a beer.

In South Africa, make sure you head past Victoria Bay (about 400km east of Cape town).

Awesome...thanks for the advice!
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:35 PM   #12
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Is that a twin fin
Loved my old one
Put some gorilla grip on
The wax will be melting off
All the time
If you get any size
Watch that board
It will spin out
Still got a scar across my chest
From mine about 30 something
Years ago
Enjoy
I'm jelly
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Old 09-27-2013, 03:53 PM   #13
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Ill be watching , good luck .
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Old 09-29-2013, 01:07 AM   #14
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:36 AM   #15
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sounds great to me, IN!
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