Let's face it, the majority of us aren't going to outer space. Unless you got the moolah to jump in with Richard Branson, or build your own rocket, we're locked to this green/blue Earth – no complaints mind, given there's actually surfable waves here.
But what if you're a surfer who also doubles up as an astronaut, how d'ya get your kicks? Well, take a page out of Christina Koch's book – astronaut slash surfer who has been inhabiting the humble confines of the International Space Station since March of this year and will be there until February 2020. That's a long time out of the drink.
Can already see the long period SSW swell showing in southern Tahiti and even breaking on the reef. Hoping for another good view of Teahupo’o from the @Space_Station when it peaks later this week! #SwellFromSpace pic.twitter.com/H7fUQxyeP8
— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) May 8, 2019
But Koch has been filling her time with the ultimate mind surfing activity; taking stunning images of your (and mine!) favourite surf spots all across the globe. And what better vantage point to watch a long period swell fill into the coastline, than sitting 408kms above the world?
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Clouds stole the view east of Adelaide to the @wsl at Bells, but I bet you could have seen the waves themselves from the @iss! Way to crush the ‘50 Year Storm,’ @courtneyconlogue! “The ocean lets us know just how small we really are.”--Just what I was thinking from up here, Bodhi. #swellfromspace
And if Koch's images are anything to go by, the astronaut's a fan of the pro surfing circuit, posting prior to certain events about how the surf's looking from an eye way up in the sky. Koch, a flight engineer, launched with the crew of expedition 59 and will transfer over to the crew of expedition 60 when they arrive next month – and could set the record for the longest time a woman has spent in space. Anyway, enjoy the show and follow Christina HERE.
The @Space_Station orbital inclination gives us a straight shot connecting Bali and the beaches of Australia. Beautiful view of the competition sites as the @wsl championship tour bounces back and forth between the two. #swellfromspace pic.twitter.com/KrrfkU2iS3
— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) May 13, 2019
One of the last frontiers I can’t wait to explore one day, Alaska’s unmistakable Aleutian Islands. pic.twitter.com/NWU3yaQTur
— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) April 26, 2019
Eyes on. Duranbah Beach, Gold Coast, Australia--first stop of the World Surf League Championship Tour--from the @Space_Station. Congratulations, @caroline_markss on your first @wsl CT win! #SwellFromSpace pic.twitter.com/SxYB9QeSkC
— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) April 10, 2019
It took my breath away as it came into focus. My first glimpse of coastal North Carolina from space. It’s a special thing to see from above the place where you grew up--the ocean that first inspired my fascination with things that make me feel small & planted the seed to explore. pic.twitter.com/OZoqiOVtRR
— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) April 22, 2019
Waving to the mitten! Greetings to my friends and family in Michigan. The Great Lakes are as stunning from space as they are in person. pic.twitter.com/NELuPGchid
— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) May 1, 2019