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Stay Wild // Gift Guide

Stay Wild

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It's the Jollydaze again and we're here to help with the Gift Giving. Here are a couple ideas of goods we think are good to give. We'll have more gift ideas every week in December, so keep checking in.


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Sierra Designs // sierradesigns.com

This 2-person-party-mobile can be yours if you win our giveaway contest >>>

Flashlight // $199


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Sanuk // Sanuk.com

Remember that part in the gladiator movie 300 where they’re all chilling out around the beach fire laughing as the black beard big boobs guy does his wiggle dance to the sweet rhythm of calypso music? No? Whelp, I remember it, and he was totally wearing these lady sandals! 

Yoga Mariposa // $65


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Ginew // ginewusa.com

I’ve been bike commuting in this American-made Selvedge Denim Rider jacket for about a month now, and it has fully formed to my body. It’s starting to steer the bike. It aims the handlebars toward forest trails, waterfalls, and berry patches. 

Selvedge Denim Rider // $345


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Poler // polerstuff.com

Fuck it, let’s party in satin hats! 

Chances with Wolves // $29.95


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Last Chance // lastchancetextiles.com

Bandanas are a multitool. A bandana keeps your neck warm and from getting sunburned. A bandana keeps the blood in your body when you cut it open doing rad stuff. So get a good bandana. This one is made in California out of raw silk noil and dyed with natural indigo.

Dot-Danna // $45


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Mowgli Surf // mowglisurf.com

Don’t freak out! Be cool. I know the assholes are pooping in your face, but stay chill for now. Let that bullshit slide off your face. Just be cool and watch the sunset and fuck that bullshit.

New Beginnings // $42


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Latigo Coffee // latigocoffee.com

This coffee subscription comes as a care package full of fresh roasted beans from around the world and random surprises. Sometimes the surprise is a rad sticker from Venice, and other times it’s wise words from Jonathan Livingston Seagull. 

Subscription // $10-30


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All Good // allgxxd.com

Win This & Gift It! Follow @AllGxxd and tag your adventure buddies to win this multi-pack featuring a detachable Hip Pack, Removable Laptop Bag, and other useful pouches to stuff with your stuff. 

30-Day Bag // $69


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Levi’s Vintage // levi.com

Once the mushrooms started to kick in, Billy walked away from the campfire and roller coaster laughter of his friends. Beyond the warm firelight, he found a Joshua Tree ablaze in the blue starlight of the Universe. A single tear rolled down his cheek and into his beard. He was barefoot. He ripped his trippy shirt off and howled like a coyote. He was free. He was wild. He took his pants off. He stepped right onto a sharp cactus thorn. He howled again, but in pain. He was high as fuck and never saw that shirt again.

1960’s Shorthorn Shirt // Priceless

Landsliding

Stay Wild

Story & Photos by Matt Smith

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“Road Closed! Slide Ahead.” We knew this already—thats why we drove to Big Sur in the first place. Liam “Red” Taylor, our local guide, jumped out and started moving the signs so we could drive through. We were certain that what we were doing was not the most legal. Public safety has become more important than the personal freedom to risk injury. 

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As an oversized CalTrans truck came around the last bend, we thought we were busted before we even got a chance to do what we came for. Maybe it was the joint Liam and the kids smoked earlier at camp or the strong sense of community a person gets growing up in a small town, but our guide calmly smiled and waved the truck through. Ten minutes later we were at the top of a long down sloping portion of HWY 1, totally alone, unpacking our skates, and looking out over the ocean while high-fiving our dumb luck.  

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We swooped around the empty turns overlooking the Pacific as vultures circled overhead. We ducked under branches of Monterrey Cypress trees and dared each other to make each run faster than the last. Just a few months ago, the first portion of PCH in Big Sur was bumper to bumper with cars full of German tourists blasting The Beach Boys. Skateboarding this infamous stretch of asphalt would have been impossible and ridiculously dangerous. That day, thanks to landslides and some light trespassing, we had the place to ourselves. We were free to carve the whole road if we wished to relax or bomb straight down if the need for adrenaline kicked in. It was paradise.

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Back at camp, under a sky full of stars that hide from the bright lights of Los Angeles, we reminisced over slightly undercooked chicken from the comfort of our hammocks. We drank cold beers and decided that Daniel was the standout. He showed no regard for his personal safety and earned many pats on the back. We agreed that our guide, Liam, skated with the most grace, carving the road with a relaxed style akin to the surfer Gerry Lopez. Some days are easy to forget, full of work, bills, and stress. This day of skateboarding, free to ride the coast of Big Sur by ourselves, was one to remember. 

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Stay Wild Gift Guide

Stay Wild

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It's the Jollydaze again and we're here to help with the Gift Giving. Here are a couple ideas of goods we think are good to give. We'll have more gift ideas every week in December, so keep checking in.


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Mokuyobi // mokuyobi.com

The art of making backpacks has reached new levels today. Since we are lucky enough to be alive during this golden era of backpacks, let’s rejoice and fill all the pockets in our packs with pizza, kombucha, golden raccoon teeth, 12-sided dice, sunflower sprouts, and other cultural treasures.

Camp Bag // $126


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Arbor Collective // arborcollective.com

A thirst for fun is all you need to justify having this 145 cm surf punk inspired snowboard in your quiver.

TERRAPIN // $499


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Industry Of All Nations // industryofallnations.com

100% organic cotton. 100% natural dye. 100% traditional block print made in India by master crafters. 100% thank you for making rad stuff.

Batik Flamingo Pocket Crew // $85


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Olukai // olukai.com

The most elegant lady stops walking, crouches down, and pets the neighborhood cat. She noticed its tag says “Mahalo.” Is that the Hawaiian word for “thank you” or is that just the cat’s name? Either way the lady is wearing these sandals in the movie adaptation of this imaginary moment.

‘Upena // $90


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Sudio // sudiosweden.com

I dance like one of those used car lot air ballon guys with my arms flapping around above my head. It’s not a very popular dance move, but it feels good man. It can get dangerous at work spilling coffee on blouses, kicking recycling bins over, and wires always tangle up my moves. That’s why I use these wireless headphones.

Regent // $99


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Brilliant Bikes // brilliant.co

Bikes are brilliant! We should bike every day! It feels good and biking is gooder than driving a big dumb car. These bikes are super fun to customize online, easy to order, and fast to assemble when they’re mailed to your doorstep. Burn your car and ride a bike!

Astor // $300


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Cameron Balloons // cameronballoons.com

I was just being polite when I asked how your weekend was and now you’re telling me about the famous people you know and how your friend thinks one way and you think another way. I don’t want to be rude, but I don’t fucking care about your people problems.
I need a personal hot air balloon to lift me up out of this conversation. I need a graceful escape.

The Hopper // $23,000


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Olukai // olukai.com

You know that limbo zone between an awesome deep water cliff jump splash and slippery sharp unforgiving rock that wants to see what your broken bones look like? That limbo zone is way nicer to walk in with shoes like these.

Nohea Moku // $95


Far, Far, Faroese

Stay Wild

The Other Iceland

Story & Photos by Brooke Jackson // @wandering_trails


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Nestled quietly in the North Atlantic, frequently covered by ocean fog and sea mist, awaits a land of lush islands spouting endless adventures. Often overlooked by wandering tourists, this mystical land seems only to appear to travelers seeking while remaining hidden from those unknowing. Cascading waterfalls, crashing ocean waves, rolling green hillsides, expanding endless horizons; a real life fantasy landscape. These geographical droppings of an ancient basalt volcanic plateau are located nearly 400km southeast of Iceland and are known as the Faroe Islands. 

A self-governing region of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Faroe Islands have a fascinating history from which a unique culture blending various roots has risen. An often overlapping history with Iceland, the Faroe Islands are believed to have first been discovered by Irish Monks who told of the “islands of sheep and paradise of birds.” Not a far off description. Nowadays, the 18 islands have a total combined population of just under 50,000 people while it is estimated to be home to nearly double the sheep. 

Assuming you’re not a lamb connoisseur, the islands still boosts an array of adventures to be had. The outdoor culture has risen from ancestral origins in which villagers battled adverse conditions to provide food for survival. Popular methods of hunting and gathering included fishing, whaling, sheep herding as well as rappelling sea cliffs to collect bird eggs. Perhaps the most admirable and refreshing quality of the Faroese is the avoidance of cultural assimilation. Fermented meat, vikings songs, homemade wool sweaters, cobble stone steps, and the persistent sensation of community are all still alive and strong in the Faroes. However, the Faroese have noticed a disconnect between the older and younger generation. Many kids are inactive, disengaged, and uninterested in their heritage as well as the surrounding natural environment. With an intruding outside world through the bright screens of social media portals, some kids in the Faroe Islands may even wish they were born anywhere else but on an island in the North Atlantic. 

The middle generation, stuck in-between traditional roots and young ambitions, recognize this divide and are seeking to create solutions. Many companies have begun to develop within the Faroe Islands that help engage the younger generation with the environment while offering adventure activities sprung from traditional roots such as cliff rappelling and rowing. Additionally, tourists are beginning to visit the islands and stare in awe at the surrounding beauty while drooling over the endless list of outdoor pursuits. The validation of outsiders being blown away at the flourishing hillsides, authentic culture, cuisine, and endless exploration possibilities makes for a special sense of pride. Through this education and empowerment, some locals are beginning to feel an extra sense of gratitude for their culture and the islands. 

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The instructors at Outdoor school on the island of Suðuroy have felt this sensation first hand. Jóni Brandsson, age 28, joined as a guide and educator in January. Prior to discovering the world of adventure sports, Brandsson often dreamt of life overseas and felt as though he was unlucky to be a kid growing up in the Faroe Islands. Then, one day, Brandsson had an epiphany—cliff jumping. He and Ossur Eiriksfoss had stared at the cliffs their whole lives and thought “why has no one done this yet?” Finally, they decided it was time to jump. Now, a few years later, Brandsson, Eiriksfoss and owner Petur Gotfredsson all work together at Outdoor to offer courses for high school students to learn adventure sports such as sea kayaking, traditional rowing, climbing, rappelling, snorkeling, and more. Having the ability to do all these activities in one day within walking distance from town has changed Brandsson’s mindset; “All I needed to know was that it was possible. Now that I know it is possible, the options seem endless. I am very proud and feel lucky to be Faroese.” Outdoor has completed their first year of educational programs and are now beginning to offer adventure guiding for tourists and visitors over the summer. 

With the Faroe Islands being rather undiscovered by the world of tourism, the list of untold local spots and insider tips is extensive. No one knows this better than Jóhannus Hansen of Reitka Adventures. As a local Faroese, Hansen has a fascinating history of personal experiences participating in traditional methods for hunting, gathering, fermenting, and more. In fact, Hansen grew up sky fishing for birds and even lowering his family’s sheep by rope down to steep sea cliff hedges. For his whole life, Hansen has explored endless sea caves, cliffs, and hillsides. Now, after starting Reitka Adventures, it’s how he makes a living. Connecting visitors to the unspoiled landscapes which he cares most about is something that brings an obvious joy to Hansen. Plus, his secret spots are stellar. An adventure to explore sea caves followed by rappelling an ocean carved gorge to land on a boat is one of the many itinerary options. Rappelling over the ocean onto a boat and then driving full speed away over crashing waves is the absolute best way to do so.

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With so much of the world documented, exploring somewhere not yet exposed is a beautiful sensation. A culture of distinct authenticity with no commercialized facade to present, the Faroe Islands welcomes visitors and immediately removes the pretense of being labeled a tourist. When visiting the islands, the line between outsider and local does not divide, but rather creates a doorway for communication and exchange. Come and drink schnapps, explore with the locals, try fermented meat, sing a viking song or two but remember—this place is special. Explore with respect for the locals who value their history, traditional roots and sense of community. Sustainable travel isn’t only related to nature but to cultural preservation, too. 

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USEFUL INFO

Trip Planning 

Visit Faroe Islands // visitfaroeislands.com

Getting There 

Atlantic Airways// atlantic.fo/en

Getting Around 

62-degree N. Car Rental // 62n.fo/en

What To-Do 

Outdoor // outdoor.fo 

Reika Adventures // reika.fo

Where to Stay 

Hotel Torshavn // hoteltorshavn.fo

Outdoor Cabins // outdoor.fo/adrenaline-weeks

Gasadalsgardur Gueshouse //

facebook.com/gasadalsgardur