Patagonia Surf | Spring 2012

I'm a couple of months late on this one, but I've been letting magazines and catalogues pile up around my apartment, telling myself I'd get to them eventually. This weekend I did a deep clean purge of all my clutter, so I finally got around to looking at some of them.

Credit: Patagonia (couldn't find photo credit in catalogue)
The Patagonia Surf Spring 2012 catalogue nearly killed me with its beauty and my desire to be a part of it. I always pore over Patagonia catalogues, seeking out gorgeous photos to fuel my wanderlust, and the surf ones are without a doubt my favorites.

Credit: Tom Servais
Credit: Chris Burkard
Credit: Morgan Maassen
I have a bucket list a million miles long, and to live inside a Jack Johnson song is easily at the top of that list. I'm obviously being poetic when I say that, but you know what I mean: I want to live in Hawai'i, drink fresh fruit juices, have a permanent tan, salt water in my hair, and raise little bleached blonde surf babies in a shack by the ocean.

Credits: Jeff Johnson, Chris Burkard, Todd Glaser, Patagonia 

Credit: Liz Clark 
I want to be a part of the surfing culture without actually having to surf - because although I've gone surfing a few times, I've never been able to get myself to get any better. Same with snowboarding. There's something about going super fast, sideways, and not feeling like I have much control. It's terrifying. Especially when I'm on top of frozen snow or a powerful ocean. I know, I know; if I did it more, I'd gain that control, and then it wouldn't be so scary...but can't I just take pictures of it instead?

Credit: Chris Burkard
Credit: Liz Clark 

My dream job would be living in a sun-filled cottage, writing novels in my home office with a window that faces the ocean, punctuating my time with photo sessions at the beach, and ending each day with a bonfire on the sand and a bottle of wine while the waves crash in the background. That's not too much to ask, right?

Credit: Matt Lusk

Someday, this will be me.
Credit: Gina Sinotte

I don't think it is. And if you set your dreams free to roam about the universe and then work hard and strive daily, they'll happen. I strongly believe in that. But first comes the work. Actually...always comes the work. But if you enjoy it enough, eventually it's not work. It's fun. At least, that's the rumor I hear.

And hey, who says I have to surf to be a part of surf culture? That's why paddle boards were invented.

Happy Monday!

::: Photos above were scanned by me from the Patagonia catalogue - each individual picture has been credited to its respective photographer.