Surf Travel with Serena Brooke

We recently chatted up Surf Stronger athlete,  pro surfer, Serena Brooke, on the topic of surf travel.  A seasoned surfer and traveler, she’s surfed all over this big blue ball of ours on the women’s World Tour not to mention on countless photo missions.  Her passport has more stamps than most, she rips, and she certainly knows the ins and outs of  surf travel.  Here are a few tips from the surf star affectionately known as “Sauce”.

Surf Stronger: What are your three “must haves” for a surf trip beyond boards and suits?

Serena Brooke: iPod, a good book, my phone.

SS: What are your three all time favorites surf destinations?

SB: Mentawaii Islands, J-Bay, Cloud 9.

SS: Favorite recent road trip?

SB: Lennox (Australia) in a camper van with the girls for Keep A Breast Foundation.

SS: What advice would you give someone going on their first international surf trip? Obviously “Remember your passport!” … what else?

SB: Get a local map, know where you are geographically, get out and explore!

SS: Favorite activities when the surf is flat?

SB: I like to stay active for sure — bat ball, skating, raquet ball, snowboarding.

SS: Favorite food on a surf trip? Least favorite food on a surf trip?

SB: Faves include fresh fish and veggies. Least favorite, weird meat dishes.

SS: Tips for making friends with and respecting the locals?

SB: Don’t drop in, take some interest in the local culture, explore, and smile!

Serena Brooke surfing

The payoff to long flights, boring layovers, and long boat rides. Serena in the Mentawaii Islands.

Serena and friends making the most of a crowded flight.

Some of the best surf trips are the ones closest to home. Serena camping it in Lennox Head, NSW, Australia.

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