Meet the Ivoirians!

by | Jan 11, 2023 | Blitzkrieg!!!, Introductions, Weekend Trips | 0 comments


Only 3 weeks home and we’re going back to West Africa. I had announced this trip less than a month ago while in Dakar, expecting nobody to sign up. I’d only be in the Ivory Coast for a day, after all; who’d be crazy enough to join?

Well, Gina “Million Dollar Wakeboarder” Fortunato, 3 time monsooner to the French Polynesia, Sardinia and Cyprus, would be one of them. And just last night after a talk with Upstairs NY at Compass NY’s office in front of 15 people . . .



. . . a complete stranger named Jillian — an (f)unemployed pre-medical student who attended my talk alone and knowing nobody there (and after seeing a random Instagram ad about the event only 3 days ago!) — booked her flights for this trip ON THE SPOT knowing that we’d be leaving IN LESS THAN 60 HOURS.



I continue to be inspired by people like them. I don’t deserve people like them.

Once again, I introduce the next generation of monsooners:


Calvin "O Captain My Captain" Sun - Expedition Leader | NYC


Jillian "Rebirth" K. - NYC







Gina "Million Dollar Wakeboarder" Fortunato - Returning Monsooner: Apr. '22 (French Polynesia), Sept. '21 (Sardinia/Corsica), Jun '21 (Cyprus) | NYC



And where we’re monsooning this weekend:




Grand Bassam




We still have spots available, but not for long! More details about the trip can be found here.


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