Matt and I first met eighteen years ago while I was competing in a whitewater kayaking competition in Hood River, Oregon (USA). We were married six months later and then walked the beaten path for the next five years, selling cars and working in an office.
One day, just before the markets crashed in 2008, I said to Matt, "Let's do something different." Matt was a sailmaker by trade and I knew he yearned to return to the ocean. "Okay," he replied, not really believing we could break free.
Six weeks later, with our house emptied and rented, we found ourselves in the jungles of Costa Rica as owners of Point Break Surf, a surf school on the Pacific coast. Our closets were no longer filled with office clothes, but board shorts and bikinis. Our kids became fluent in Spanish. Family dinners were no longer a rarity.
After five years of teaching surfing and SUP in tropical paradise, it was time to move to another paradise: Matakana, New Zealand. It only took one trip to this remarkable coastline to realise this was a placed we wanted to raise our kids and share our passion.
We have Matakana our home since then and haven't looked back. And you can often find us surfing and paddleboarding at Omaha and the surrounding beaches.
See you on the water!