Eli Andersen is a surfer, adventurer, and craftsman based out of Portland, Oregon. In 2005, he built a kayak and voyaged 1,200 miles from Glacier Bay, Alaska to Port Townshend, Washington on the Inside Passage. The journey inspired him to experiment with traditional handmade wooden surfboards paddled in the classic Polynesian prone position.
In 2009, Eli made a board from salvaged redwood and paddled the Oregon coast. In 2010, he circumnavigated Graham Island, the northern half of Haida Gwaii in northwest British Columbia. He is currently paddling the west coast of Vancouver Island on a narrow, pointy, five-inch-thick travel-specific board made from red cedar native to the island. This 350-mile trip will take him 50 days.