BY: ROB HOFFMAN
Chadd Konig is the poster child for a simple, sustainable and incredibly fulfilling lifestyle, which includes catching surf in the cold Northern California Ocean and maintaining his three-acre farm and 20 foot cylindrical yurt.
To complete the off-grid dream home, Konig also lives with his dog, Nala.
His yurt, which he says only really takes a week to assemble, came courtesy of the Pacific Yurt Company and uses a rainwater catching system to resource sustainable, fresh water. Konig’s meals are also supplied from his home garden, where he grows crops like tomatoes and kale.
home —> food, water, shelter, love A photo posted by Chadd Konig (@chaddkonig) on
“For me, it was to keep the space very simple. And not building or taking or using more than I needed. Living out here I feel that I have a closer relationship with the earth, the elements and my resources,” says Konig.
In order to keep the lights on, he uses a generator and two 90-watt solar panels out in the yard. The professional surfer also recently installed a wood-burning stove with a hot plate to cook meals with.
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As Konig tells Goal Zero, “I came out here…not having this romantic idea of being off the grid and self-sufficient, but experimenting in it and pushing my comfort level and trying to acquire new skills and trades, and understand what it truly takes to live and support oneself.”
Pretty much the best way to begin the day. Beach cruise/surf check with Nalawala. @prana photo | @morganmaassen A photo posted by Chadd Konig (@chaddkonig) on