Nicola Butler recently sold almost everything she owned, packed up her pup (and boyfriend), and drove her renovated 1992 GMC Vandura cross country. With many stops along the way, she finally settled in the Bay Area where she is pursuing photography and that NorCal life. Don’t be fooled though – Nicola still gets out on her board and rips as well as ever. Check in with her through this quick little Do’s and Don’ts.
Moving to California
Do: It, it’s the best!
Don’t: Move here. It’s too crowded.
Converting a Van
Do: It for a fun project.
Don’t: Expect to follow any sort of budget.
Getting a Dog
Do: Be prepared to have a lot of “I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed” talks.
Don’t: Get a husky. JK, love you, Loki!
Do: Accept all the help and advice from professionals.
Don’t: Put a limit on yourself.
Do: It with your best buddies.
Don’t: Forget to schedule in a surf trip, too.
Do: Pack all your layers.
Don’t: Expect the sun to come out.
Do: Put the time and effort in.
Don’t: Expect it to be a quick process (8 years later!)
Riding in Orlando
Do: Get a good crew.
Don’t: Expect to have the lake to yourself in summer.