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Explorer Spotlight: Ian Tyley

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Name: Ian Tyley | Age: 29 | Location: Currently living in Vancouver

What’s your day job?
I am an Electrician

What are your favorite things to do outside?
I love to surf. I started surfing when I was a kid and have loved being in and around the ocean ever since.

What first drew you to the outdoors?
I guess coming from Australia there are plenty of outdoor activities.

What’s your favorite hometown adventure? ...and, almost as important, where’s your favorite spot to get a beer after?
It would definitely be camping at the Ruins campground with a bunch of good mates. Go surfing and exploring all day and come back to the campground and down a few ice cold Coronas by the fire telling stories all night.

What’s your essential gear that never gets left at home?
My surfboard/camera

What’s your favorite trail snack?
Definitely corn nuts. I don't even like corn but these nuts are amazing. Or second best would be beef jerky.

Any go-to soundtracks when you’re hitting the road?
Its definitely a hard one. It all depends on what mood I'm in. I love everything. I like finding new songs all the time.

What’s the scariest thing that’s ever happened while you were adventuring? And/or, the funniest?
Me and a few buddies were traveling through Bolivia and decided to bike down Death Road at full pace. I came around a corner a bit too fast, slammed on the brakes and came really close to dropping of the edge at a 500m drop. The funniest would have to be the last two surf trips I did with some mates. Too many funny moments to mention.

Who’s your number one adventure partner-in-crime? Who inspires you?
I have quiet a few mates that love a bit of adventure. Chris Burkard is definitely someone I look up to. His work is amazing!

What’s on the top of your must-do adventure list right now?
Alaska, Iceland, Central America. To travel to a really remote location up near Alaska and going surfing and shoot some crazy scenery.

Show us your most memorable photo, and tell us about it!
I love all photos, so it's hard to pick one...this is just one of many that bring me memories.

And last but not least…What’s your personal motto?
"Live everyday as it was your last." Dream big! And follow what you believe in..

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