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  • 158 References 116 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, Spanish
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Entrepreneur
  • BA/BS
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About Me

I am back to hosting after a long hiatus!

READ THE COUCH SECTION BEFORE SENDING A REQUEST! The 3 most important points I will repeat here (again more info in Couch section):
1) Max = 2 surfers (sharing a futon)
2) I cannot give you keys
3) I don't host people for just 1 night
4) You must keep my schedule (~10am to 10/11pm out of the house, some exceptions, just ask me), and roughly be IN the house between those times. In other words...

> Please do NOT plan to wake up at 4/5am to attend a Tahoe or Yosemite tour
> Please do NOT plan to go out every night and come back at 2am

I'm sorry about the strictness above. The reason is because I live in a STUDIO so you will wake me up and I have to lock the door. This is too disruptive for my schedule now that I am an old man!


I want to make renting so easy, people stop buying crap they don't need. Less waste, less pollution. On top of that, renting increases access! Right now this is for camping gear and snowsports apparel, check it out: www.lastmingear.com, or our store is at 3156 24th Street in the Mission!


You must be the change you want to see in the world.

Also, below are the books that I really resonate with (if you liked them we will get along phenomenally). As you can see I tend to like authors that write consistently about one type of life philosophy.

Anything by Daniel Quinn (Most famously: Ishmael, The Story of B)
Anything by Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth)
Anything by The Minimalists (Everything That Remains)
Most things by Michael Pollan (Omnivore's Dilemma)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I have happily been surfing every time I've traveled since I discovered this amazing project. In addition, I've hosted many fantastic surfers, all of whom shared so many stories and made the few days we had so exciting and fun! I like to really be a tour guide and show my CSers around to all the best places in town.


Hosted, surfed, participated in events. All were great experiences!


Outdoors sports because I'm an adrenaline junkie (rock climbing, parkour, skiing, backpacking, hiking, camping, kayaking etc.), and because I love nature.

Food because I'm a good cook and a good eater, and SF is a foodie's dream!

Photography because... well I like it I don't know, it's inexplicable.

Music is life.

  • books
  • photography
  • causes
  • dining
  • cooking
  • baking
  • running
  • music
  • outdoor activities
  • hiking
  • backpacking
  • kayaking
  • camping
  • surfing
  • skiing
  • sports
  • boxing
  • rock climbing
  • tourism

Music, Movies, and Books

So many books and movies! I really like epic adventures and tales that can suck my mind away for weeks on end (not always a good thing).

With music, I like to listen to one thing without end for a couple of months and then move on. I love sharing music with CSers and will probably devour whatever you have to offer.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I recently went on an expedition to Antarctica. Nothing else that could fit in this box would do it justice. But you can see some photos at my website: www.jamesdong.com.

Teach, Learn, Share

- When doing a front flip, don't just run and jump! Run, then at the last second when you jump, jump off of your heels straight up. This will bring all your momentum in the upward direction, and prevent the flip from carrying you forward 8 feet.

^ Incidentally, even though I was once able to do this fine, now I'm terrified. Stupid mental blocks!

- Baking powder and baking soda actually work in different ways; one causes expansion in the vertical direction, the other causes expansion in the horizontal direction!

Teach me anything you want!

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, United States

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