People come up with crazy schemes all the time,

but 99% of those schemes never leave their heads. So when Paul asked me if I wanted to drive down to Central America to open a surf school, I was so startled I couldn't reply at first. People don't say those things seriously. He was. Where would we live? In a 1987 Toyota Van. Food? Tortillas, avocados, hot sauce. The route? Ship the van from Hawai'i to L.A. Drive south through Baja, hop a ferry to mainland Mexico. Follow the coast, surfing along the way, through Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. If we find a promising spot, we stop. Simple. Is it safe? Meh. Probably. Most hopefully. When? Well, the lease is up in June. 


DANIELLE KIELE

Paul Banks

Paul was born in California and surfed in a number of comps growing up. He moved out to Hawaii to surf and got his degree in small vessel fabrication. For the past few years, he's been spending his time as a surf instructor in Hawaii and Australia. This trip has been a dream of his for a long time. You can follow him on his Instagram @paulb808

I was born and raised on Kaua'i and am living on Oahu at the moment. I got my B.S. in Global Environmental Science and currently work at a surf school in Waikiki. I got into surf photography and videography working at the surf school and got hooked. I love to surf but more importantly, I love sharing that passion with others. You can also find me on my personal Instagram account @danielle_kiele