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How to Surf the World's Best Breaks
Liz Clark and her friend Shannon Switzer are sailing around the world to find the best surf breaks on the planet.  Photograph by Shannon Switzer
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Here, I'm making repairs to the headsail after hauling the boat out in Costa Rica. Maintaining a boat like Swell for this kind of trip takes a huge amount of work.

As a kid, I always helped my dad make repairs aboard his sailboat. As I was preparing for this trip, I apprenticed with sailmaker Bennet Garr, rigger Marty Spargur, electrician James Lambden, mechanic Mike Jansen, and also gleaned as much knowledge as possible from local fishermen and offshore sailors.

As soon as I finish one repair, I find another two that need fixing. If I don't keep up with it, the repairs soon become overwhelming. The fun part is learning to be resourceful with what you have, because you can't just go to the nearest boat store when something breaks.
Liz Clark


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