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This Would Be The Best Surf Trip Of 99.9% Of Surfers’ Lives

Surfline and O’Neill manage to score untouched zones (again) + Soli Bailey adds more inertia to his already momentous year.

cinema // Apr 12, 2024
Words by Holden Trnka
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Surfline may be a competitor of Stab’s (a friendly one at that), but our entire staff agrees that Maps To Nowhere is an undeniable surf series. 

Going to new places, without any other surfers around, discovering waves, and getting supremely barreled on them is the pinnacle of the surfing experience. With their collaboration, Surfline and O’Neill have pulled it off time and time again.

The first episode of MTN‘s second season sees Soli Bailey, Anne Dos Santos, Winter Vincent, and Lucas Owston join guide Matt Rode at yet another undisclosed location, scoring dreamstate liquid that may-or-may-not have ever been experienced prior. 

Relative to other episodes in the series, the waves they find here are of the everyman caliber, and just about any single session would make your annual surf trip feel worth the time and money spent. The fact that they scored four totally different waves without a single other person in the water puts this trip in the best-ev category for 99.9% of surfers.

Maps to Nowhere host Matt Rode, earning his salt.

Soli features in all three episodes of MTN Season Two — a fact which adds veritable inertia to the already momentous year he’s having (see recent performances at Cloudy, Kirra, and Shippies). 

“With these trips, there’s kind of a window where they start looking at the project, it gets greenlighted by O’Neill and Surfline, and then they have their surfers ready,” Soli says. “We just know not to be too far from home or somewhere remote. It’s kind of weird because there’s a lot of sitting around, wondering what’s going to happen. You’re seeing swells here and there and sort of not running too far from home, or you’re making sure you’re reasonably accessible to an airport. And then literally, most of these trips have been called on within three days. Really last minute, which I almost like more. I mean, it’s a little all over the shop in terms of organizing your own life, but it’s fun. It’s something different.”

If you’ve been keeping up, it seems like every single episode has featured phenomenal empty waves, which leaves the viewer wondering — do they ever get skunked and just scrap the footage?

“You know, we were actually laughing about this after this series. Every single trip we’ve scored. It’s been fucking wild. I mean, it depends on what you call ‘scoring,’ but we’ve had a pretty high standard, and we’ve been getting barreled. Even if we get skunked, when we get skunked, I’m not even going to be bummed because you don’t go this long without it.”

Click above to watch the first episode of our competitors marquee film series, and click here for Soli’s take on his recent Shipsterns Bluff masterclass.


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