“I think when a surfer becomes a surfer, it’s almost like an obligation to be an environmentalist at the same time.”
Like a lot of people, I have a fascination with living a mobile, off-grid life. I love watching YouTube videos of people who are living the van life – especially those who’ve made really cool and unique living spaces by refurbishing vans, trailers, and RVs. I’ve wanted to share some of my favorite van life stories on UniGuide for a while, but there are so many great ones that it’s just too many for one blog post. So, I narrowed it down a little for this post, and I promise to share more later.
Here are some of my favorite videos, stories, and Instagram posts about a special kind of van life – and that’s the surf van life. I’ve always had a soft spot for surfers because so many of them are stewards of the sea: surfers care about the environment. They know what it feels like to be in harmony with the natural rhythm of the Earth – you could even say the Universe – and they want to protect its sanctity. So, in tribute to surfers and other nomadic souls, here are some really cool surf vans.
By far, @surfer_vans is one of my favorite Instagram profiles: a page dedicated entirely to surf vans! OK, it’s true that many of these are gas guzzling vehicles, but I want to believe the people who own them are making up for that environmental negative by living in a more environmentally conscious way in other areas of their lives. If the surf van is your only home, well, I think that does it.
There are a lot of VW surf vans:
And a lot of VW surf vans with babes:
There are some natural fiber versions:
And there are some junker surf vans:
Then there are some serious rigs:
Let’s take a look inside some surf vans, shall we?
Cool Surf Vans on YouTube
And then, there are the surf vans of YouTube!
One of my favorite YouTube channels is Living Big in a Tiny House with Bryce Langston. In this episode, he talks to a couple from the Czech Republic who convert an ambulance into an epic surf van to tour around in on a trip through New Zealand.
Here’s another couple living as working digital nomads in their converted surf van. This video is from Dylan Magaster.
This surfer is living the dream, touring around New Zealand in his converted van to find the best surf spots:
And if you can’t have anything other than a Mercedes, check out this Sprinter remodel, presented by Sam Butement:
Ready to build your own surf van? Well, if you want to know what the cost might be if you want to go first class on everything, check out the Sara and Alex’s van vlog for a breakdown:
See you at the beach!