endless summer surf blog

Welcome to Lush Palm, a surf travel and lifestyle website on a mission to inspire you to live your surf travel dreams.

At Lush Palm, you’ll find the best in surf + culture, destinations, places to stay, and lifestyle.

We write about everything surf and surf travel– from guides on top surf destinations like Bali and Costa Rica, to surf and yoga retreats in Sri Lanka, to the lowdown on the top surf breaks in Samoa, to our personal surf adventures on our surf trip blog.

We strive to be your go-to surf travel resource and community packed with inspiration and helpful info to make your most epic surf adventures come to life.

Lush Palm is dedicated to sharing the stoke and awesomeness that comes with an ocean-inspired lifestyle. To us, a lush life is filled with sunshine, waves, good vibes, and the freedom to spend time doing what you love. And if we can inspire you to get some more lush into your life, then mission accomplished.

We believe in following your dreams, wherever they may take you. And for us, it’s where the surf meets the sand. We’ll see you there.


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Hi! We’re Eric and Tara Hilliard, a married couple of travel-and-ocean-loving surfers from Encinitas, California.

Ever since we first met in May 2013, we’ve put a lot of thought into what our ideal life would look like. After much deep pondering and soul searching, we decided we wanted to take a break from the daily grind and leave corporate America to try on a more nomadic lifestyle for a while.

A lifestyle that included (but wasn’t limited to) a whole lot of travel, surf, adventure, time, and as cliché as it sounds, the freedom to go where the wind takes us.

After a lot of planning, plotting, and saving, in October 2016 we said sayonara to our jobs and took off on a round-the-world surf expedition, AKA Mission: Endless Summer. Out of our passion for surfing and surf culture, we started Lush Palm to inspire others through our adventures and make surf travel easier and more accessible.

Since we returned from our adventure in October 2017, Lush Palm has become our full-time dream job.

We hope you enjoy Lush Palm as much as we enjoy creating it. And if we inspire even just a few people to go to a new place and smile at a stranger in the lineup, then we’ll be happy campers.

Here are a few clips from our adventures on the road! The locations in the video are Samoa, Bali, Sumba, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Hawaii.

We wish we had more surf footage (it was a surf trip after all), but alas, we were usually caught up having too much fun surfing to film… so, priorities!



The Route

10/2017  Santa Cruz & San Francisco

10/2017  Baja, Mexico

10/2017  California Coast Road Trip

11/2017  North Shore, Oahu

1/2017  Samoa

1/2017  Northern Fiji

2/2017  New Zealand

3/2017  Australia

4/2017  Bali & Indonesia

  • Uluwatu, Keramas, Nusa Lembongan
  • The island of Sumba

5/2017  Thailand

  • Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Railay Bay
  • Ko Phi Phi and island hopping

6/2017  Cambodia

  • Angkor Wat and ancient temples

7/2017  Sri Lanka

8/2017 – 10/2017  Europe

  • Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland

10/2017  – Present (we’re back in California!)

  • Our adventures continue in sunny San Diego and beyond


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