Boogies for North Korea - DPRK Surf Trip 9/13-9/20
Organized by: Stacy Hughes
EVENT DATE Sep 09, 2015
I'm joining one of the first ever surf tours to the DPRK (North Korea), September 13-20, organized by Uri Tours: http://uritours.com/tours/exclusive-north-korea-surf-camp-and-expedition (see video of another recent program).
Of course, it's not only about waves. It's about people meeting people, bringing a little warmth to relations between countries. Seeing, experiencing, learning first-hand, and sharing what I find with everyone I can. And it's about surfing and making friends with the DPRK's first generation of budding wave-riders.
As a gesture of friendship on a small, individual, personal, surf-culture level, and invitation for them to come here for waves one day, I will bring the following things as a gesture of friendship, and invitation to come surf the Monterey Bay one day. And I'm here asking for contributions! $275 =
1 set bodyboard/leash/fins - $175
1 hand plane for bodysurfing - $50
Board wax, stickers, t-shirt - $50
If this goes really well, a 2nd bodyboard/leash/fins set is about an additional - $325 ($175 + $100 additional luggage fee from United Airlines, and estimated $50 fee from Air Koryo).
If it goes "beyond really well", then a surfboard/leash/fins/board sock/packing would be about $650 ($400 for the board and bits, $200 for United's surfboard fee, $50 fee from Air Koryo).
If it lands somewhere in between, then additional surf-related accessories, etc. If there is spare change at the end, I'll apply it to gas money for going to give talks about the experience afterward (let me know if you'd like to hear about it).
Of course it's nice to save a little on an already quite expensive trip. But more importantly, it's a chance for more people to participate in this gesture of good will.
This is a lightning effort - I have until Tueday, September 8. Last shopping on the 9th, then I fly to China on September 10th/11th, then to the DPRK on the 13th.
Travel to the DPRK is hard for many people to agree with - and that's a big reason I think it's worth going. Let's see if my experiences match your assumptions, nothing more. If you'd like to discuss, share thoughts or concerns, etc, get in touch!
In the meantime, here are two interesting articles that share updated perspectives on the DPRK: