Flag Bearer: Jen Yih

How have you become a product of your environment?

"I grew up in a small town where you knew your neighbor, a place where you didn’t lock your front door. So, I trust people. I left home at 17-years-old to Brazil and moved to the beach where I fell in love with the ocean. I realized at a young age that there were many ways to live and I was curious about them all. I’ve been 'traveling' ever since... but mostly to places where there's an ocean."

Beer, Wine, Coffee, Tea, Whisky, Water?

"Drink water, life's too short for shitty coffee, & I don't really drink booze anymore." 

Life motto?

"Don't get stuck to a motto?" 

Tell us about the most life-changing trip or experience you’ve had.

"I flew to Brisbane on Valentine’s Day, rented myself a car, and went to Byron Bay to
stay on a sort of beachside commune, in an RV. I stayed with two friends who were true Byron Bay locals that came there in the 60’s with ideals, music, peace, and love. They were musicians, dancers, performers, artists. I was going through a strange time in my life where I resented the 9-5, social constructs, and living the way that everyone “should”...I refused to and was kinda mad about it. Silvana and Michael showed me that good people do exist and you can live a true, honest, and pure life and still be happy without “selling out” or whatever you call it. They taught me that - defending the good and doing what you love is the hardest route to go, but you come out untainted by the world’s greed and dysfunction. On a lighter note, surfing Sunset Beach on North Shore, O'ahu with my friend Arnold changed my life forever." 

Top three travel destinations?

"Go back to Ubatuba, Brazil to see family & surf, check out my bros friend's sailboat in Panama & surf, and a trip to the Amazon's with my dad would be cool - he's kind of a guru."

Five things you can’t travel without.

"My journal, a well-curated playlist, water, snack, passport."

What was the most dangerous trip or experience you’ve had. How
did you handle it?

"My friend Ashley and I were driving back to Cabo San Lucas from Todo Santos, late, sunburnt, exhausted, full on tacos and beer... Everyone warned us to watch out for cows on the road, no street lights and we must’ve been going 80MPH on the one-lane desert highway. Instead of a cow, we almost hit a drunk man in the middle of the road, swerved the car, and proceeded to drive. 20 minutes later after talking about what we would've done with a bloody car and dead body in Mexico, we approached a blockade of police cards in the middle of f*cking nowhere. They stopped us, interrogated us about the legality of our car telling us our papers were fraud, shining flashlights in the car and on us, strapped with huge guns. 2 girls, 10 officers in the desert were not good odds. Long story short, I got pissed & handed them a few 20’s and we were on our merry way.

Second to that, my shark encounter in Indonesia wasn’t cool followed by a 5.0
earthquake on an island with no high ground. In the end, it wasn’t so bad."

What’s the purpose of life?

"I don't think there is a point and I think we overcomplicate and make a mess of things by trying to give it some complex meaning. The point's just to be... That’s why we have to be kind, have fun, enjoy and take care of the beautiful planet. It was meant to be very simple."

What’s your day job?

"Changes on the daily. Mostly writing & some creative stuff."

Worst advice you’ve ever been given.

"I don’t know, I must’ve wiped it from my long-term memory. I don't take advice well." 

Best advice you’ve ever been given.

“Live your f*cking life!” - My Dad

Describe your perfect day.

"The PG-13 version? Wake up early to catch the sunrise, drink good coffee, eat healthy breakfast, stretch, surf, eat a healthy lunch, write or read or paint, take a nap, surf or swim again, go to yoga, catch the sunset, make a homemade dinner with friends and family on a preferably warm summer night outside, go to bed buzzed with snuggled up with the person I love."

Where are you right now? If you could be anywhere in the world,
where would you be?

"I’m currently in Portland, Oregon. This is where I want to be, for now."

Dream trip?

"Rent a 4x4 and drive the entire Australian coastline from West up through the North
down the East, then hop on a sailboat from Sydney to surf New Caledonia, Vanuatu,
Fiji, to Tonga to dive with the big whales, then French Polynesia, finish in O'ahu."

Upcoming trips in 2018?

"By the time you read this, I'm probably in Indonesia, then most likely Sydney/Melbourne, potentially South Beach for a little project, then Nicaragua, then moving to the Oregon Coast for the summer."

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Website: www.jenyih.com

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