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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Surf's up in Kata
Phuket, Thailand

Billy & Akaisha Kaderli

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Itís not our first time.

We have been to Kata Beach at the southern tip of Phuket Island numerous times, but each visit was only 5, 7, or 10 days long. This time we stayed a month. Thirty full days of body surfing, lounging on the beach and eating fresh seafood.

We've seen the beach and the sea before. Two decades of living in California, we worked long hours and often did not have the time to visit the yacht harbor or neighboring coves. Besides the water in Central California was far too cold for us to enjoy swimming there. In fact, Santa Cruz is known for its Cold Water Classic Surf Challenges that are held there yearly.

So being able to enjoy a month at a warm water location in the height of the wave season was priceless. As you check out the following photos, we're sure you'll agree.

Word spreads quickly through the surfers' leash lines that the waves are breaking at Kata. Boarders come from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, the USA, and of course Thailand, to be challenged by the big waves. During rainy season when a storm is off the coast in the Andaman Sea the swells start building which create the perfect waves they all crave.


Board Bunnies with their Honeys get their leashes strapped on and are ready to go.





Wave after wave rolls in and the pounding of the surf is an emphatic reminder to go with the power, not fight against it.


All ages are mesmerized by the stunning weather and warm water.


Boogie Boarders join in as well.


The weather, waves and water generate smiles and animation from everyone!


Some are concentrated and focused.


Plenty of room to share.


The good lesson of practicing balance so it becomes second nature.


Both body surfing and boogie boarding, it's hard for Billy not to jump in on the fun!


Buddy Boarding!





Surf Shop beauties renting out the boards.


Baby Boarders get a jump on the skill early in life.


Sea and sun make for aquamarine fun!


In after an excellent wave, Akaisha has the time of her life!


We'd never seen a designer floral board before...


Resting in between sets.


Strapped up and ready to put on a sun hat.


After a few good runs.


Beach gear and babes. Sun and sea. A little slice of heaven.


Friendly surfer hello.


A little Hawaii-50 music in the background is all that is missing...


Couples that surf together have lots to share.


Taking a rest and can't wait to get back out there again!


Perfect pose for our Surfer Calendar.


Lots of couples take surfing holidays during this time. Notice the storms building up behind them. No worries, though, because these create the waves of the season!


A day well done, and more waves tomorrow!


Yowza! And what could be a more perfect ending to perfect days?

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurerís Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

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