The Gudauskas brothers—Pat, Dane, and Tanner—have been traveling the world on frothed-out surf adventures for most of their collective lives. With so many adventures under their belts, they figured it was time to let us in on the fun times as well as learning experiences that go along with being globetrotting professional surfers. "Down Days" is a new series that follows this classic threesome in and out of the water to far-flung locations—think Endless Summer meets "Rick Steves' Europe."
Much more than just a surf-trip series, the Gudauskas brothers get into all kinds of culture everywhere they go, oftentimes linking up with locals and meeting new friends who help show them the ins and outs of the cities and towns they visit. "It's really all about experiencing more than just a surf trip," says Pat Gudauskas. "Obviously we love surfing, and that's the main reason we get to, and want to, travel so much, but to experience the cultures of all these different places out of the water is so amazing. My brothers and I have been all over the world on surf trips and doing contests; a lot of the surfing has been documented, but the stuff that happens on the down days is pretty much the stuff that not many people get to see, and if you use the down days to explore and get into the heart of these places, that's where the real classic stuff happens. That's what this series is all about."
"Down Days" still focuses on shredding around the globe, but with a slant toward exploration and explanation of the places the brothers visit. Each episode showcases not only cool places around the world to surf, but also really interesting and often hilarious extracurricular activities that most of the time are left out of straightforward surf videos. "We're stoked that Vans gave us the opportunity to do a show like this," says Dane Gudauskas. "We make some plans to do things like visit touristy spots and check out certain zones, but a lot of times we just meet up with a local and pull the full audible and end up milking cows or sword fighting; no two trips are the same, and every time we go anywhere, classic things happen. Thankfully we get to share our adventures and misadventures with everyone through this show."
So far, "Down Days" has taken the brothers to Spain, Australia, Japan, and Germany, in and out of bars, breweries, business districts, mountain chateaus, locals' houses, rivers, and more. We caught up with the Gudauskas brothers while on a different kind of down day this February: between swells at the Vans House on the North Shore of Oahu.
Check out new episodes of "Down Days" on Offthewall.tv.
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