Searching the world for unchartered waves – the Bouvet family finds paradise on an atoll

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What’s on a good sup surf safari adventure?  Finding fresh water on an atoll … and learning to surf the life there.   Check out this dramatic video by Manu Bouvet and BIC Sup.

Taking a cargo ship to a sustainable island in search of perfect waves.  Manu Bouvet shares his journey with Standup Journal.

A far cry from modern transportation, the Kwai is one of the last sail-powered cargo ships on the planet. It is the only conversation happening between the Line islands, a myriad of atolls spread over thousands of square miles of the Pacific Ocean and a far cry from the rest of the world. When its load allows, the Kwai carries a few passengers.

In this video, we witness how Carine Camboulives, Manu Bouvet and their two daughters take a ride back in time to a simpler, sustainable form of living.  This aquatic family has been on the search for empty waves off the beaten path for years.  What they get here is nothing short of enlightenment.  The Kwai drops them off on Fanning Island, an atoll with no water or electricity. The family disembarks with hopes the Kwai will be back in a few weeks to pick them up.

What they experience on Fanning Island is so much more powerful than the joy of empty waves.  Together, they share with us this unique story made up of surprising encounters including Bruno, a modern day Robinson Caruso.  They experience a tiny island, forgotten by time in extreme isolation from the rest of the world that offers sunlit spectacular kiteboarding sessions and reels of empty perfect waves.

On Fanning Island, the notion of sustainability is a matter of life & death.  Enjoy the journey and be inspired.  Let the search continue!

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.