Captain Liz Clark has been in pursuit of these timeless lessons since 2005. A former NCAA surfing champion with a degree in Environmental Studies, Clark was making drinks at a popular watering hole in the Santa Barbara harbor along the coast of central California when fate intervened and brought a Cal-40 sailboat into her life just before her 25th birthday. A lifelong sailor, Clark had rose-hued daydreams about one day circumnavigating the globe by sail and scoring world-class waves along the way. The boat, which she promptly named Swell, suddenly made those dreams markedly more attainable. Months of elbow grease and countless hours of help from friends got Swell prepared for the adventure of a lifetime. Ready or not, Clark shoved off from the tranquil waters of Santa Barbara in October of 2005 and headed out into the wilds of the Pacific Ocean all by her lonesome. In the nearly two decades since, Captain Clark hasn’t stopped navigating the stormy seas that ensue when you decide to pursue a dream with every inch of your being. It has been a masterclass in both brutality and beauty for the ripping regular-footer; much of it movingly depicted in her critically acclaimed memoir, Swell; A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening. But the good captain isn’t done yet. Far from it, actually. Currently anchored in Tahiti, Clark continues to pursue her dream and follow a path all her own. Bomb Snow connected with Liz recently to find out more about her ongoing adventures and talk a bit about what it takes to live life to the fullest.