The life of the professional surfer, snowboarder or skier sounds pretty amazing, right? Riding powder in exotic locations, boat trips to far-flung oceans—empty lineups and trackless mountains. But where does real life fit into the dream? As athletes get older, having a family is just a natural progression of the human experience. But how, exactly, do babies, boardbags, and airport check-ins all fit together? Is there room for a small child on the cramped seat in the heli? Does breastfeeding sound plausible as you’re hiking up the skin trail on a film mission? Welcome to our new series, Parenthood, where we hear from professional actions sports athletes who are navigating careers while raising young ones.
Josh Kerr always makes life–let alone surfing–look so easy. And that’s kind of the way it rolled with raising his family on tour. For 11 years, while Josh was on tour and with the help of his wife, he carted little ones around the world. It sounds exhausting but they made it work. Here’s how: