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Those Videos I Mentioned Last week

In regards to last weeks blog post, I referred to a couple of videos that I couldn’t post due to them not being live blah blah etc etc. I was away, doing this sort of thing

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Anyway this is just an update with those videos. This first one is possibly my favourite production to date! Shot over Easter weekend, boy oh boy

The Saturday was a beautiful sunrise and dive session. Another Kingfish!

Sunday. Boy the weather sucked but we smoked some fish and had one of the most fun winch sessions to date

That’s the update. I’m working really hard on all the barrier footage with vlogs already up on OXS TV so check it out!

See you at the beach.

-Sam

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Working In The Future

I’m on an island right now. A great one. I mentioned in in last weeks blog.

Figured out where yet?

Oh yes, it’s Great Barrier Island. The Barrier of dreams. I love it here, a……. Lot! Here’s a video with the reasons why

As for this post I did try to attach all my unlisted videos I’m dropping this week but YouTube won’t let me sooooo. You can find my main channel here (where all the vlogs are from last year) and my vlogging channel here.

I don’t have a decent laptop so I can’t sort this out on the go like a normal person would ha.

Here is my favourite photo from the last week

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Anyway I will be dropping a whole heap of content from the barrier so stay tuned!

See you at the beach.

-Sam

 

 

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Eyes Wired Open

It’s Saturday morning again. I’m writing this blog post late (unofficially) again.

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I got a bit tangled up yesterday with a big Kingfish and broken clip on my speargun. That’s my excuse. I am however feeling focused and fresh. I’m taking some of the ideas of interested in and implementing them into my life. One of which is no booze for a year. I’m not a huge drinker but it’s something I’ve thought about for a wee while.

The last weekend has been full on. Last Saturday was hugely taxing. I woke at 5:30am and didn’t stop until 9:30 that night. Getting chased by stingrays, big Kingfish and not landing any tricks. Check it

Sunday was a little more laid back with a delicious early dive and some talk of sustainability

We also climbed a mountain during the week. Mount Tamahunga to be exact. I’m still working on some panos from the top but here’s a couple of nice ones

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I’m off to the barrier in a couple of days for a week so the next blog will probably be something I set up to go live from here. I’m probably the only person who writes blogs and doesn’t have a laptop.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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March – Almost Drowning, Tugg Winches & Podcasts

March was packed. March was fun!

It’s all action here and I have some exciting things coming up. Check out the recap of March below

A video podcast is being planned which I’m just throwing ideas around at the moment.

April is here and the Great barrier Island prep is underway!

My favourite vlog of March is (pretty much a perfect day)

My favourite picture

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See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Snooze You Lose

I pride myself in being productive, hard working and motivated. I turn 30 in two weeks, which I’m not looking forward to. In fact I haven’t, since I was about 27.

I sort of know why, I sort of don’t.

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I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on life lately and really trying to work out what it is, I want to do. I know I want to deal with hard working, motivated and above all… Passionate people. Passion is everything to me. I consider myself passionate, probably a little too passion filled.

Unlike most people I genuinely do feel I know what I want but here’s the cliffhanger……

I’m working far too slowly in order to get there.

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Everyone knows the saying “Time flies when you’re having fun” and boyyy, I have a lot of fun but it’s time. Time to pull finger. Pull all of them, at once.

The last week, like always has been action packed. Saturday was spent winching and diving as seen below

Sunday was dive day (again) and I had a shocker. Over the span of about half a hour I shot and lost my best fish ever, got tangled in my line and almost drown, then lost my gun. Was a fun day anyway

I also just dropped this super fun Game Of Skim we filmed a few weeks ago

Shooting nice pictures of nice things is on my list on finger pulling actions. I’ve been out on the Golf Course again and just have to sort a couple more images so here’s a little snippet

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See you at the beach!

-Sam

 

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Bunnies & Bush Eggs

When Easter comes to mind, what do you think of?

Chocolate? Food? Dare I say it…. Jesus?

To me it means four days of relative freedom. Originally I was meant to be away. A lack of interest from the crew and a winch that can’t assemble itself, meant I was staying at home. Four days of shooting footage, winch testing and surfing. Oh baby!

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Here is good Friday, the first day testing!

Saturday we kicked it off early and got some waves in

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Sunday was the best winching day down at Tawharanui

Easter Monday was slightly more laid back. A surf and a trip up the coast

I’m still clearing through a whole heap of photos from the weekend which would make this post realllllly long if I added them. Some are up on Instagram already though.

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To finish up what has been a pretty crazy week editing video, I dropped a spearfishing Minute Massacre which has over 400 views in one day. Check it below

I feel like Easter was far from a let down. The tasty treats are already getting lined up for this one!

See you at the beach!

-Sam

 

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Getting Ready To Tugg Again

Writing blog posts and making vlogs, sometimes distorts my perspective of time. I sit here (a little late again) writing about last weekend and not telling you about this one.

This is hard because this one is turning about to be incredibly fun.

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After last weeks mentioned break downs, I spent practically all of last Saturday in the print room as seen in the vlog below

Sunday was spent diving in the worst visibility we’ve had, then the start of the long awaited Tugg Winch build

I am so very excited to have this winch assembled and running. Yes running! I have learnt so much this week about adapting and making custom parts for this winch. The new drum and frame combo has required some modification.

I will be dropping some really hot footage from this weekend! It’s getting weird!

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Happy Tugging.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

 

 

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Interrupted Workflow

I’m late!

With this blog post.

Why? Well a few reasons but one was a small little breakdown with some of my printing gear on both Thursday and Friday. Friday it ground to a halt completely so here I am writing about something that isn’t really relevant. Late.

The week was work filled but the weekend was spent at a Skim Jam organised by one of my team riders, Josh Worsley at Cheltenham. The days action is below.

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Sunday was a real beauty spent in the water catching a feed then up the coast at Waipu Glow Worms and taking snaps around Mangawhai

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We’ll finish this weeks post off with my highlight. I dropped a video recap of the the shark experience at Leigh from couple of weeks ago! Peep the video for a documentary style slice of fun

So that’s it, I’m back on track. I’ve got something very exciting to show you soon!

See you at the beach.

-Sam

 

 

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February – Sharks, Kingfish, Skimboarding & Drones

Oh February, what a funny month. It was hot, wet, bloody humid at times and a whole heaps of fun!

A lot of skimming, a lot of Kingfish and I even got dragged around by a shark which was interesting.

I could ramble on here but the monthly video wrap up seems far easier. Find it below

We’re now well into March and she’s a ripper!

Favourite vlog from February

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As always, I will see you at the beach!

-Sam

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The Road To Self Sustainability

One thing I set out to do in 2016 was to be more self sustainable. Living in the bush with no power wasn’t really what I had in mind but I do want to talk about a few things.

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Mass production of goods, people not knowing where their food comes from and plastics. Bloody plastics.

I haaaaate plastic. I hate the idea of it, I hate how it doesn’t break down and I hate how we can’t recycle the majority of it. Yet here I sit, using a lot of plastic.

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One of three things is that I really want to focus on here was the reuse of as much plastic packaging as I can. I’m doing quite well in this department after having made a few basic changes.

Secondly, I’ve really set out to gather a lot of my own meat and this of course means catching fish. Or spearing it in this case. Instead of just filleting and throwing the rest away, we’ve refined the (kingfish) process to filleting, then prepping the spines, heads and wings for smoking. The tails and odd ends, as well as bones post smoke all get made into berley. The only thing we throw out is the skin and guts which go back into the water. Sustainable yes.

Lastly, I really want to grow my own veges. I have nothing to report here but am working on it ha. You get the idea.

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Anyway onto this week. I spent last weekend skimming about at Wenderholm with the team and at the Aotearoa Surf Film Festival. Saturdays vlog is here

Sunday was spent in the water where we managed to snag four Kingfish which were all prepped and the remaining parts smoked on Monday. We then hit up a really fun skim sesh at Pakiri. You might not want to watch this video if you’re not keen on seeing a bit of the errrr filleting process

The weather seems to have improved and I’m gearing up for another fun weekend!

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See you at the beach.

-Sam