It is not unusual to see surfers lead lives outside of the norms of society. The sport’s popularity is rooted in not being fond of rules—a life designed for those doing what they love. In following tradition, Base Jones and Jamie Van Jones out of Western Australia, have put aside mortgages and steady jobs to live on a sailboat and seek the next empty wave. They are sailing off the western coast of Australia and into Indonesia and commendably doing good for the environment along the way. They are currently off the west coast of Australia and are taking their time due to the conditions.
Base is from Western Australia. He was an exploration geologist in Canada and the Australian outback and then a hydrogeologist, studying water from the ground. Before being a captain on his own boat he crewed for other charter operations. He introduced Jamie to the world of sailing.
Jamie is originally from Canada. She studied science and sustainable development, which led her into environmental work in Tanzania. When she moved to Perth, she decided to become an eco-entrepreneur in order to follow the sailing dream. She founded the freogreenguide, a not for profit sustainability guide for Fremantle, Australia and The Green Scene, a sustainability consultancy which specializes in practical sustainable changes within businesses, events, and in communities.