Packman Surfs The World
I'm currently pursuing a personal goal to surf all 182 coastal nations on earth. PackmanSurfsTheWorld.com is my personal website. My name is Landfair - Stanley Woodrow Landfair, better known to my friend's just as Pack, Pack Landfair, Woodrow, the El Porto Surf Dude, or Packman Surfs The World.
14 countries down. 168 to go.
Among many other things, I am an author, an adventure writer for HighTides Journal, the founder of a small company, and the owner of the #1 surf rental shop in mainland USA - the only surf shop in the world open 6:30am - El Porto Surf Shop in El Porto, California (a tiny beach town 10 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport).
Most importantly, I am human and I have this site to connect with the people I meet, to contribute some positivity to the world, and to grow personally.
Partially inspired by El Porto Surf Shop's many international and traveling customers, my odyssey to surf earth's 182 coastal nations is the subject of the new book: Here To Surf, Vol.1 (available for pre-order October 2023).
The El Porto Surf Bus, also known as the Life Is Beautiful Bus, or Good Vibes Bus, or Packman Surfs The World Mobile has visited 46 states (and counting) with two girlfriends (not at the same time) and my dog, Porto.
When in the US, I like to surf up and down both east and west coasts, the 'south coast' from west Florida through Texas, and in rivers and lakes in between.
The bus rides easy, holds boards galore, has a full apartment inside - with a double bed and kitchen - and has seatbelts for five.
The main mural I painted myself with the help of staff, surfers, and neighbors paid in beers, joints, and magic mushrooms. The driver's side displays a rising sun, stretching around the back where it reflects on a wave, which breaks along the passenger side. The wave wraps around the front of the vehicle, where the town of El Porto is silhoutted by the morning sun, caught inside the tube.
The hand-painted lettering was completed by the talented Robert Pereida. The wave side reads "Life Is Beautiful" in bold surnburst letters acrss the side, while the front, back, and driver's side all read "Good Vibes" in the same font and colors. The El Porto Surf Shop logo and instructions to download the El Porto Surf Live Wave Cam App are painted around each side within the mural
Where should I drive next?
Invitations considered. Suggestions accepted.
Why Surf The World?
Metaphorically, 'surf the world' means to ride the present moment (and all given reality) as a wave - not trying to hang on to it nor make it last, but to enjoy it and enjoy yourself, and to ride life for all it's worth - just for the sake of living it.
Literally, 'surf the world' refers to my quest to surf the 182 coastal nations of planet earth. There are 182 of them currently. The number alters every now and then due to wars. My intention in this adventure is to learn, grow, have fun, see new places, connect with other individuals, to develop and to share my gifts - and to get to explore local surf cultures, as well as local cannabis and mushroom practices. I'm also doing this to get to practice yoga, tai chi, and similar ancient wellness and philosophy in other countries, but mainly I'm just doing this because I believe I can and should - and I wanna pick-up and lay-down positive vibes in as many places across earth as I can.
I am writing about these journeys for my own deeper understanding, and in order to share whatever philosophies I learn and attempt to apply through them... if I live through them. This is a 182 nation odyssey afterall, I've only surfed 14 countries so far, and I anticipate this taking roughly 20 years - while life itself is deadly, unpredicatably short, and inherently dangerous.
My newest book, Here To Surf, Vol. 1, due out December 2024, covers the first 19 countries of my surf odyssey so far.
As my grandfather says, 'Nothing ventured, nothing gained." So, here goes nothing!
KeeP In Touch
If we've crossed paths before and it'd be good to cross paths again, but we dont have each other's info, send me an email. Or call/text my surf shop and leave a message for me with my staff. [I don't have any social media accounts for myself or my businesses because it is my experience that social media poisons the mind and kills the human spirit... and I don't want to do that to myself nor to others.] If you're in California, near Los Angeles, stop by El Porto Surf Shop and say hello or leave me a note.
El Porto Surf Shop