About Eric Carlson

Hi!  Thank you for checking out my site! I think it’s pretty cool that you stopped by, thanks! 

Now, what can I tell you about myself?

Well if you haven’t already guessed it by now, I do love surfing!! 

Surfing is pretty much my favorite thing to do on the planet! I started surfing 19 years ago with an old Becker 6′-2″ Thruster given to me by pro volleyball players when I moved to California. Surfing has been my passion, my joy, and my quest in life to live what I would call the Ultimate Surfer Lifestyle ever since I caught those first waves. From then on, I wanted to build the rest of my life around surfing.

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The Ultimate Surfer Lifestyle to me means that I am free to wake up everyday living the life that I have envisioned for myself, friends and family.

For me, that is waking up everyday in my beautiful mansion tucked away in a warm tropical environment surround by stunning views, amazing nature, and wildlife… and oh, of course plenty of perfect, uncrowded surf!  Enjoying time with friends and family, living more of a tranquilo kind of lifestyle is what I am after.

My vision also comes with a very powerful desire to becoming Financially FREE… so I can live where I want, help my charities and communities more, as well as travel and surf the worlds best waves!

That path towards living the Ultimate Surfer Lifestyle has not always been straight of course, and oh boy did I have some bumps in the road and some    u-turns! Ha ha!!

In my life I have worked 42+ jobs. Yup, I bounced around a lot looking for something I liked to do that made me enough money to live the life I dreamed of. We can talk about all those later, but for now just the last 17 years will catch you up to speed.

I have been working in the fitness industry for over 17 years as a personal trainer and as group fitness instructor for Equinox. I have appeared on/in dozens of fitness magazines around the world. FitnessRXforMen_Erock-eric-carlson-surfer I was a special guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show where I preformed a fire-walk for her.  Ellen was supposed to do it, but after she saw the flaming coals she said    “I was going to, but now I’m not!” Ha ha! Do you blame her?


One of my favorite things that I have been lucky enough to do was working with overweight teens to help them turn their lives around. Student Body was created by the producers of The Biggest Loser.

During those same years I was conducting empowerment workshops for corporate employees that included fire-walking, glass-walking, board-breaking, arrow-breaking and much more!  My goal/ job was to inspire employees to break-through their limitations!  So Awesome!

I guess you can say I have always enjoyed helping others be their greatest! I receive GREAT joy in watching someone achieve something they previously thought was impossible! 

As much as I love what I do, this kind of work has always put me into a position of having to trade my time for dollars.  At some point I realized that there was a limit to how many hours I could work in a day, and a limit to how many people I could help that day.

On top of that, I have ALWAYS wanted to be able to travel the world for months at a time to explore amazing places! But with my kind of schedule, it was always hard to take off of work because when I spent money to go travel, no money was coming in when I vacationed.

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So it was always a game of catch up! Been There?

I knew there had to be a better way….     

Lucky for me I happened to meet some friends who introduced me to internet marketing. 

Long story short… I started trying to make money online in 2004. I spent the next 8+ years bouncing from opportunity to opportunity a.k.a.- “Shiny Ball Syndrome” while successfully spending over $50,000 buying products, seminars, workshops, ebooks, software, scams, etc., just trying to find the secrets to making money online.

I almost gave up. But then I saw a video that changed my life! (<— watch)


Everyday I feel so beyond-blessed to be where I am today. Life is Awesome.

I am so grateful to be in a position to help others live their AWOL… whatever that is to you.

Please watch for exciting news that I want to share with you about the house I am renting in Costa Rica that you could have a chance to stay at!.

This is going to be very cool. Pura Vida!

Please LikeFollow and Share this with others. Thank you.

Many exciting adventures to come! Stay Tuned.

Thank YouI wish you the best.

Eric Carlson

Project A.W.O.L. / WUKAR

Stay Inspired!


349 thoughts on “About Eric Carlson

  1. Hi Eric! Thank you so much following my blog! It is highly appreciated! You have a cool and energetic blog! Looking forward to see more!

  2. Hi Eric. Thanks for following me. I just follow you on here too. It’s refreshing to meet other like minded folks whether in person, online or both. Glad that you’re working on what you love. I love what I do, too. Hopefully, we will get to know each other more. Later.

  3. Thanks for the follow… do you really have enough time in a day to follow all blogs that you follow….?
    Since you love to travel hope this blog continues to engage you.

  4. Hi Eric. Thanks for visiting my blog and ‘liking’ it! I took some time to look around yours too. I really liked you intro page, and your video about AWOL. This quote resonated with me–and I wish you all the best with your online business. “I receive GREAT joy in watching someone achieve something they previously thought was impossible!”

  5. Just imagine if there were an amazing surf beach named Butthole! You could be a Butthole surfer! Sorry, I guess I’m showing my age. Thanks for letting me read your About Me page.

  6. Aloha! Kau a Kau…’Season After Season’ or Paradise Forever!
    Marhaba!…Thank You! for your kind interest in ‘Casa Belmont’.

  7. Hi Eric! Thank you so much for following my blog (Converse with Kurti). Your story is inspiring and I look forward to reading more on your blog. 😀

  8. Nice to be in contact. Somehow you found the blog where I write about photography. If you scrolled thru my posts you’ll notice that the only topic I discuss is photography.
    Now that know about you I will take the time to wander thru your site and find out about you.

  9. Very clever, Erik (AWOL). Best wishes and thanks for the follow. How in the world did a surfer stumble across the writings of a middle-aged widow? I guess there are all kinds of surfing, eh? (snicker)

  10. Hi Eric, thanks for the follow. It is very nice adventure you have in surfing. Have you tried Bali? 🙂 I’ve got great business as well in Jeunesse as you can see in my blog. I hope we can be partner someday, since Jeunesse is now in 104 countries. 🙂

  11. Hi Eric,

    Thank you so much for the like & follow, awesome. what a life yo have lead and will continue to lead helping change lives. Its what I liked the most in your profile.Keep Surfing 🙂

  12. Hi Eric,

    Thanks for following my blog http://sabrinatalk.wordpress.com
    I have never surfed before, but I don’t live by the ocean and don’t plan on moving. However, your pics are amazing and I will be surfing vicariously through you! Meanwhile I will enjoy what you have to offer on your site.


  13. Thanks for reading my short story, A Long Way Home– and liking it. I think it’s wonderful that you’ve been able to build the life you wanted. And from what I see on your blog, you’ve had some interesting eperiences along the way.

  14. Hi Carlson! I am happy that you are following my blog. I just looked in and behold, this is the most inspiring piece I have read this month. Congrats. I am sure to gain great inspiration from you as we journey together. Keep going!

  15. Thanks for the follow Eric and also the opportunity to read your posts. Amazing by the way, hope you enjoy your surf (the photos are breath taking).

  16. Thanks for the follow! I can’t wait to read more about your adventures. Pura Vida! And also, solo balazo! (A term that my tico friends taught me in Costa Rica, meaning one shot, a bit like ‘yolo’!)

  17. Hi Eric, thanks for visiting my little blog. It’s allowed me to discover yours! I too would love to create my life around my passion, and it has meant for me a bit of bouncing around too 🙂 I’m not quite there yet, but I think I’ll find lots of inspiration here. Chrissy 🙂

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