It’s the time of year we’re blessed with no crowds, quiet beaches, ice cream headaches without ice cream and wetsuits.
To people who don’t skim, surf or spear the immediate reaction every time is, isn’t it cold?
Firstly yes. Winter is the opposite of Summer but we don’t do these things to be either warm or cold. We do it because we love doing these things. Simple. I don’t particularly enjoy freezing my ass off for things I don’t enjoy but for things I do wellll….
With the official winter season here, it isn’t that cold. In fact there has been a few Marlin caught this week just off the coast. It’s bloody awful out as I type this though.
Every so often a little session comes along that you will remember for some time. Last Saturdays session was exactly that.
As for those of you not into the outdoors then enjoy the next six months or so inside. I’m going to be out there with a big dumb smile on my face!
This blog is here for a multitude of reasons. One being to advertise my work, obviously.
Another is to just express my ideas and thoughts. Once again fairly obvious.
One thing I feel strongly about is our mental health. I do a lot of the things I do because they are fun, challenging and push me outside of my comfort zone. A long way outside sometimes. I’ve touched on it a bit with a fair few people.
I have very strong feelings towards a life where we just work, drink and “medicate”. I also have very strong feelings towards a life that you live sitting on your ass the whole time. I also have a few feelings towards the links to poor mental health as a result. I don’t claim to know everything but I do like to educate myself as much as I can.
In the wake of Chris Cornells death last week I sparked me into a little more research. Some of my friends express feelings of life, some don’t. As males we know we’re meant to more. I will follow this up more after you watch last Saturdays video. To say it cut up rough was an understatement
Now I filmed this clip on Saturday but I thought it deserved a single upload. We need to talk more, so here is a four minute talk
I consider myself a happy guy. I get dealt the shit that everyone else does but I don’t let it bother me. If everything was perfect all the time then how would we know it’s perfect?
How do we tackle this mental health issue/s? I would love to have a little bit of input from people.
Living in New Zealand is great! Doing stuff in the outdoors in New Zealand is great! Trying to get it done around the weather is not so great.
I’ve turned into a bit of a forecasting nerd. The constant reading of maps to establish what the best thing to do and where will be happening. Is there surf? Is the going to be? Will it be raining? Will that matter? The wind is usually the biggest factor and if it’s going to be onshore or off.
2016 was wet. The start of this year was dry until about mid-late Feb. Then it started raining again and hasn’t really stopped. To put it into perspective here at Omaha I have two things at my sheds I’ve noticed.
We have a row of Feijoa trees there which have a drain underneath them. In the 6 or so years I have only seen this drain run during big storms for a day or two. This year it has run steady the whole time the Feijoas have been in season.
The shed floor leaks. This is because there’s a big concrete pad dug into the ground. No big deal as it only leaks onto the floor once or twice a year in particularly damp Winter periods. This year it’s done it pretty much every time it rains.
Right now how do we get around this issue? I really have no idea, it’s the weather. It does however indicate a particularly high water table.
I do however enjoy having a flexible work pattern. No 9-5 here so I try to make the most of it. The surf came up late last week so we were on it. Saturday we somehow got skunked but it was a ripper of a day!
Sunday turned into Monday. A last minute decision saw me work most of Sunday then dive on Monday instead. Even had a pod of dolphins came say hi
As for this weather I would love to provide a solution but I don’t have one. I intend to wait it out. Or move to the tropics, I’m not sure yet.
The dictionaries definition of hobby is this “an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure.”
As children we all have hobbies. We have plenty of free time, therefore we have hobbies. Some of us continue with these hobbies our whole lives, most of us don’t.
As “adults” we need a hobby or two. Judging by our obesity statistics my opinion is that that hobby could do with being somewhat physical. A hobby that makes you sweat and improves your physical fitness is the best kind of hobby.
A lot of retired people need more hobbies. This would help occupy their time, assist with the aging process and lastly (and hopefully) give them an interest besides targeting young people having fun.
Even though we retire from work at a late age we seem to retire from hobbies much, much earlier. Remember the days when you had time to be bored? BORED! Now most of us just work too much in order to “get ahead”. I don’t quite know what is “ahead” but I do know a life without time for my hobbies is a shit life.
One of my favourite quotes is “You didn’t stop skateboarding because you got old. You got old because you stopped skateboarding”. I don’t skate but this is absolutely perfect.
I am an obsessive hobbyist. When I find something I like, I like to do it. Every so often isn’t enough, that’s not a true hobby. I want to get good at it and everything is a competition, including with myself. It’s gotten to the point where I believe you can monetize any hobby. But why do you want to make money from your hobby?
TO DO IT MORE!
This isn’t easy. In fact it’s bloody hard, just like life.
This weekend consisted of hobbies, nothing really else. Skimboarding, diving and good food was the order for Saturday
Sunday with better viz and a beaut forecast we were off to hit the water
If you’ve been following me for a while that this is a fairly common thing here. I’m learning more about myself all the time and where my hobbies can take me. It’s much further than you would think.
Lately I’ve been really nerding out of that thing called nature. I have always loved the outdoors and have always prided myself in having a child and adulthood mainly spent outside.
As you may know New Zealand is nice. I would sell it harder but honestly we have plenty of tourists as it is. One thing we don’t really have though is killer animals. You know like Lions and Snakes and shit like that.
When it comes to the ocean though, we have killers. Most we know about, some we don’t. It has been terrible for diving the last couple of months so I haven’t seen as many as I would have liked to. Yeap I want to see them!
This afternoon I saw something leap out of the water. My first thought was a big Shark. A bluey grey colour makes me thing Mako. I didn’t want to jump to a conclusion so I just assumed dolphin but with no fins, spray or jumping in the little while after bring me back to Mako. This is awesome! Just nature doing nature and only a couple hundred metres off the back of one of my favourite dive spots. Wasn’t a baby either.
The Far North has it’s fair share of these predators and I have been spending a bit of time there recently. The last trip was to try and spear a Marlin. I’ve dropped a heap of vlogs as usual so you’re welcome to dig a little deeper in OXS TV. The day below consisted of huge dunes, big wave and weather forecasting for the next day
Game day. As far as being nervous goes, this day was up there.We went out so try find a Marlin to spear. I was to be alone in the water in a pressure cooker situation. Here’s the day
As I get a little older I’m feeling more drawn towards this sort of stuff. After seeing what I’m pretty sure I saw today (what a mouthful), I flew the drone over the area in the hope I could spot something, did a little work out then just went back to the water and stared. Fascinated.
Long term I want to get a lot more involved with this sort of thing and document it. Nature tearing nature a new ahole is weirdly fascinating and I want to be part of it.
What happens when you combine huge clean waves, fast inflatable boats and some people keen/brave/stupid enough to pilot them?
Put simply, a butt puckering race that not everyone is going to finish.
Being very new to Thundercat racing and really not much of an idea of the going ons from a spectators perspective, it’s been a bloody great challenge to get it all on film this year. It’s taught me plenty of things about my own style of shooting with the biggest one being that I feel very comfortable with a very strong “run & gun” approach. There’s certainly no rehearsal, just get the damn shot!
The last leg of the nationals saw us out at the Elbow Sailing Club on the Waikato river, a scheduled prop change at Karioitahi Beach, a bumpy ride around Manukau heads then a drag race to the finish in the Waiuku township. The GoPro footage was fairly intense with the huge surf and committed racers. Check it below
As for the 2018 season I’m already thinking big. Better production, more ideas, more content and another great season.
Lastly a huge thanks goes to the organisers and racers. I have enjoyed this far more than I thought I would and I thought I was really going to enjoy it. Seeing a group of people passionate about something that scares the shit out of most people is fantastic. The competition, the beach, the boats and the laughs has got me excited for the next season already!
With 2017 almost over ha! Sort of, not really. To kick off this years series of Alive In New Zealand I wanted to mix the standard editing style with more of a vlog feel. Vlogs are popular and my vlog channel is almost bigger than my main so that’s my approach.
This will make the series longer and hopefully more interesting and engaging. This episode has all the drone shots you can imagine, thundercats, spearfsihing and some mad buggers on a wake winch. Take a look at the new episode below
Long term I want to make this series an accurate representation of not just my life but hopefully a lot of Kiwis lives! With a bit of luck the next episode won’t be too far away.
Firstly this isn’t meant to be a motivating spiel about how alcohol is the devil and people who don’t drink are better than those who do. This is just some thoughts from the last year of my life and what it has been like to not drink alcohol.
I was going to do a very elaborate video about the subject but it was honestly quite hard and would’ve been quite long so here is the short version
I didn’t have a problem, in fact I haven’t really drank much in a few years now so here’s a bunch of reasons why I did it. Most of which don’t need much explaining.
Feel better. Maintaining a high level of fitness and health is as important to me as breathing.
Prove to out close minded culture that you can on fact have fun without booze. I’ve had more fun than you in the last year. Period.
Hopefully have an influence on the younger generation that you don’t need to drink to fit in and be “cool”. Can argue I’ve never been either of those things anyway.
Here’s a couple of notable cycles over the course of the year. I turned 30 a couple of weeks after I started and spent it on The Barrier. This wasn’t really difficult but I had to actually remember I wasn’t drinking. At the four month mark it came to me I hadn’t even thought about having a drink for a couple of weeks. It was at this stage I realised the habitual nature of a couple of beers after doing something was gone. This was what I was trying to accomplish.
With Summer, Christmas and New Years all rolling around together I was interested to see how it would go. It was a breeze to be honest. It was at about this stage the actual desire to have a drink was gone. Sure I still know a beer would taste great but that actual desire is gone. I simply don’t feel like having one.
One year down which was the original number and I have no desire to have a few drinks. This isn’t to say I won’t but I don’t feel like it. Mission accomplished.
Now down to the nitty gritty stuff and this is all my opinion. New Zealand is the greatest place on Earth. The country is beautiful, we’re free from most of the worlds nonsense, we can basically do whatever we want and still we don’t. As a country we seem to be very proud of our alcoholism. It’s how most younger (and not so young) people market themselves. When I was 20 or so I was the same.
I find it terribly sad that so many of us spend countless hours with a glass or can in hand that it simply blinds us of our family, friends and passions. How many people like to think they don’t have the time to do something fun, new and exciting with their young families etc all because they like to have a few drinks. Most days after works, the weekends, a lot. How long have you been waiting for the time to do something you’ve wanted to do for ages?
Drinking is easy, it’s comforting and it’s a great way to meet people with you’re increased level of confidence. It relieves stress and seems to be a perfectly groomed excuse to get you out of things that you don’t want to go to. Drinking is a huge part of NZs culture and for a huge part of NZ, is our only culture.
The majority of people don’t seem worried when you say you don’t drink but then there’s the few. The few that think you’re a bit of a pussy for doing it or will forcefully encourage you to have “just one drink” as if it will launch you into social superstardom with them.
These people are fucking stupid. I will let that attitude slide with younger people but if you’re approaching 30 (or older) and possess that attitude then you are in fact a social retard.
So how do we go about correcting this culture. Well firstly if you don’t think there’s a problem then don’t worry, this isn’t targeted at you. We need to change what being social is. I think to most people socialising means drinking. It is but so is doing activities with your friends that don’t revolve around it. Shout out to skimboarding, surfing and boating. Golfing gets a good nod from me to.
At a younger age being social and fitting in is so very important to people trying to work out the world. There’s so many of us only drinking because there’s so many of us only drinking. Imagine if there were larger groups doing social activities that didn’t involve alcohol? Peoples perspective would change and so would the culture.
If we eased up on the drink we would find ourselves more energised and passionate about things. Why? Because we wouldn’t have alcohol knocking the steam off everything. Our diets would be better which in turn makes us feel and look better, which in turn makes us more energised and passionate about things. Notice the cycle? Most people don’t know this feeling because they haven’t separated themselves from the drink for long enough to find out.
Our lives would be easier due to having more energy and our shocking mental health statistics would fall. Drinking and everything that comes with it has a huge part to play in our mental health.
If you’re going to take one thing from this, then let it be this. I’m not saying don’t drink but what I am saying is maybe an incredibly honest self audit is due. Have a little look at your own habits and be honest about it. If it’s been going on heavier and longer than you realised then now is the best time to change it.
I want to see more people winning. You may even learn a few things about yourself you didn’t know.
All in all the last year of my life has been the best one of my life. I could tell you how fantastic a completely clear head and body feels each day but I would prefer you found out for yourself.