Welcome to Lush Palm, a surf travel and lifestyle blog 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 with loved ones. 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.
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 thought a lot about what our ideal life might look like. After some 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.
A lifestyle that includes (but isn’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 whole lot of planning, plotting, and saving, we said sayonara to our jobs and took off on a round-the-world surf expedition in October 2016, AKA Mission: Endless Summer. We started Lush Palm so we could share our adventures, and keep you in the loop about all the cool things we encounter along the way.
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 (this is a surf trip after all), but alas, we’re usually too busy surfing to film… so, priorities!
MISSION: ENDLESS SUMMER
10/1 Santa Cruz & San Francisco
10/9 Baja, Mexico
10/18 California Coast Road Trip
- Pacific Coast Highway Surf Trip Part 1 / Huntington Beach to Morro Bay
- Pacific Coast Highway Surf Trip Part 2 / Big Sur
10/30 North Shore, Oahu
1/24 Northern Fiji
2/4 New Zealand
- Adventures in New Zealand / Auckland, Waiheke Island, and Beyond
- Surfing New Zealand / The Best Waves I’ve Ever Surfed
4/6 Bali & Indonesia
7/5 Sri Lanka
7/25 Europe for 3 months
- In no particular order… Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Germany, etc
It’s been fun mapping out our route, but also a bit challenging, as we’re trying to hit a whole lot of surf destinations at (at least) decent times for surf.