About Us


I was born in the small, Midwestern town of Lawton, Michigan.  It was in this unlikely place that I first fell in love with surfing when my father began pushing me in to the freshwater swells on Lake Michigan.  I like to be nomadic, hunt, fish, surf, read, cook, ride motorcycles, play with guitars, ukuleles, and harmonicas, pee outside, climb trees, and dance to funk music and Motown.  I am a Sophomore at Stanford, and am studying International Relations and Psychology.  If I could sum up my life in one word, it would probably be blueberry.


Lane Hartman

Ian Montgomery

As a young tot growing up in Los Angeles, I was often left to nap under our family’s orange tree. Since then I have done everything in my power to stay outside. I am a sophomore at Stanford University studying Earth Systems, a mix of Ecology, History, and Economics. Although I was born in the year of the horse, the elegant and mighty pelican is undeniably my spirit animal. I enjoy time in the ocean, writing, my younger brother’s cooking, strumming ukuleles, the music of James Brown, appreciating a fine beard, and finding traces of rugged natural beauty in urban areas. I have been dreaming of a trip like this since I started using my surfboard to explore hidden beaches in Los Angeles. Thank you to my family, the Bill Lane Center, and Stanford University all the help and love. I wake up every day and can’t believe the trip is really happening.

Michael Taylor

Head of Maps, Navigation, and Aquatic Diplomacy

I was born and raised on the small tropical island named Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. Growing up in a place with so little land and so much water, I was naturally drawn to the ocean (the island was only 3 miles long by half a mile wide). As a result I love water-sports; name a water-sport and chances are that I’ve tried it. I also like to play guitar, play ukulele, and read a good book in my spare time. I am currently a junior at Stanford University studying mechanical engineering. Though this trip is not very pertinent to my engineering studies, I am really excited for it because I believe that there is much more to life than a summer internship.

(In the wake of this incredibly humble bio, I must add that Michael competed internationally for the Marshall Islands National Swim Team and was the youngest person to ever sail around Kwajalein Atoll   -Ian)



  1. Hey Guys! Congratulations on your journey! I love your vision and your commitment to our natural world. Too often we get caught up in things that don’t bring us closer to either ouselves, to others or to our planet. I hope you retain your passion, that you keep speaking out for active travel in the outdoors and that you remember always to follow your heart.

    In adventure,

    Ward Luthi

  2. Dear Michael, of the incredibly humble bio:
    Congratulations on the accompanying half-naked picture. Very modest of you. Way to show off the abs. You also look a little like Gandalf doing “You shall not pass!” in Lord of the Rings.
    Ian and Lane, you both look wonderful and winning.
    Good luck! Try to keep the near-death experiences in the single digits!


  3. this project is awesome, guys! I’m new community manager, social web at Stanford Alumni Association. Have added your blog to Community tab of our new Stanford Alumni Facebook Page. Are you on Twitter? You should be! Get tweetin’!

    Best wishes for a productive and amazing journey,

  4. Ian, John myers wants to know if you will be in L.A

    around August 2 for “thanksgiving day” at SMDC

  5. this is fantastic!! Wish the experimental, ukelule-playing trio kept writing as you are paddling. – if those bios are any indication, you all have good imaginations. And how about some photos? ( This is to prepare you for demanding fans in your future lives.)

    Keep thriving, as you embody Tolkien’s observation: “Not all who wander are lost.”

  6. Congrats on central coast passage.Obviously lots and lots more “locals” from here on in. Watch out for the big boats. Stay loose.

    Kenny Z

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