Editor’s note: We spend a lot of time in transit. Kuala Lumpur. Taipei. Singapore. Jakarta. Padang. We go through some odd, waveless middle earth’s on your way to ride waves. And it’s not always beers in the Sky Miles lounge (although sometimes you luck out and it is). Mostly it’s a bed between a chicken coop and the aroma of bird shit and diesel fuel on a ferry. But we can deal. And we do. And we love it. Above you see Chippa Wilson, and below, Nate Lawrence, and some advice on how to thrive, and why, when your’e in transit. As we are, starting now.
Nate Lawrence: “We’re hopping on a ferry tonight. And between the bed bugs, the rotten smell and the rocking of the boat, it’s never a good night’s sleep. That means a little sleep aid is in order. My go to is NyQuil. I buy a box of it from Costco and it puts me out pretty good. I’ve woken up on airplanes before where I’m sleeping on my neighbors shoulder. It’s good stuff. The hope is to remember nothing about the ferry ride. Sleep as much as you can. And wake up to the horn signaling that you’ve arrived at your destination. A couple hours in the car listening to a book on tape and then you’re waxing up your board and paddling out to a fun left-hander. I’m goofy-foot. I’ll let you know how it goes.”