What if you never want to go home?

When my husband and I traveled to Portugal for a surf trip, I hadn't surfed a wave in over a year. We were living in Sicily, which is amazing, but let's just say is not a surf mecca. Every now and then, the Mediterranean would kick up some good swell, but it was...

Hardest Wave I’ve Ever Surfed

The hardest wave I've ever surfed is a remote Mexican beach break we'll call El Perro. The wave is burly, and sometimes paddling out can take what feels like years, during which I'm paddling like hell and getting beat up. It's a beautiful A-frame peak and often empty,...

A Surf-Lover’s Library

The nights are getting longer, the kids are back in school, which means it's TIME TO READ! To celebrate, I'm giving away this sweet little Surfer's Library! Click here to enter!   AMY'S FAVORITES:   #1 Caught Inside, A Surfer's Year on the California Coast,...

WAP #66: Enchantment Lakes Thru-Hike

You may wonder what a surfer is doing writing about trail running. This summer, my family traveled to Oregon and the NW tip of the Washington coast in search of waves. On our first trip, the waves were perfect for my daughters: small, clean, and fun. By the third day,...

The Messy Joy of Adventuring with Kids

How to Get Your Kids to Love the Outdoors Allow me to gloat for just a moment. Recently, my kids completed their first-ever backpacking trip, and they did great! They loved the mountain views, wildflowers, and even the challenge of hiking with a backpack. Sure, there...

The Lost Sicily Diaries v.1

  Living Without Wilderness, May 2006 Note to reader: In 2006 I moved to Sicily with my husband for a job opportunity. Recently I recovered a journal that I thought was lost.     I’ve been living in Sicily for about a month and the shine has worn off. Yes,...

How To Pack for a Surf Trip (With Kids!)

Sun Protection. Your kids won’t know that the equatorial sun is brutal and can ruin their trip (and yours) if they get burned. Vigilance is key. Have a talk with your kids before you leave and line it out for them: it’s no fun to be stuck inside, in pain, when...

Birthday Wave

The morning sun was just a hint of light shining through the tropical mist when the Buddha-bellied old man paddled up. I was immediately terrified of him because he was a local, or at least he looked the part. He sat hunched over his longboard, wearing a meaty-lipped...

HOW NOT TO WRITE A BOOK

In a few months, my new novel Going Over the Falls will be published. The story idea came to me on my honeymoon, and the first draft was terrible (the honeymoon was amazing). Over the next fifteen years, I attempted to rewrite, back-burner, forget, revise, and in...