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Physical Boundaries

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I remember turning 30 quite well. I dreaded it for a few years actually. 30! As far as I’m concerned as you’re growing up 30 seems really old.

Speaking to older people they insist, I’m still young. I do feel young and this is where I’m going with this little post. When I talk about physical activity with people I hold myself to a very high standard. In our culture of tall poppy cutting down it is quite difficult to market and express your desire to be fitter, stronger and better than everyone.

That is my approach. Not only do I want to be able to do everything, be fitter than you and do it for longer but I neeeeeed to be able to. I don’t stop and I pride myself in doing this. Last weekend really highlighted that. Saturday we had the absolute hammer down for about 12 hours straight. Two skim, a surf, two steep and longish bush walks in bare feet. My body has felt is this week but that could be down to the skim and winch sessions since ha. Check the day below

Sunday after waking up and checking the conditions which we decided to flag on the skim we set about the day. Cloud cover and a bit of wind meant options were endless but not overly great. A fairly event free dive followed by several traffic jams on the way home and that was a wrap for the weekend

31 is coming up in about 5 months and with almost 8 months with no alcohol I’m very keen to see what sort of physical boundary I can keep pushing. I’m definitely the most fit I’ve ever been but it’s not going to stop. My only personal beef with myself is that I can’t quite get excited about working on mobility exercises. I’m hoping to meet someone that can inspire me in this department at some stage.

Another cracker of a weekend is planned for the first weekend of Summer!

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Alive In New Zealand – Ep 4

Boy oh boy was October productive!

You’ll be please to know I spent plenty of time in the water, some fish were harmed in the making of this and most importantly…… It was a bloody good time!

On a final note this year is almost over which quite frankly disturbing.

You know where to find me (hint it’s the beach).

-Sam

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Hammer Down

Usually in my weekly write ups I like to try pick a topic and write something thought provoking about it. I think.

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This week the hammer is down so I don’t have time to drink coffee and pick my own brain. I’ve had my best week on the spear with Snapper as seen in Saturdays vlog. I managed a couple more on Wednesday.

Sunday was a day to just cruise about. Managed to shoot some tasty drone footage to finish the weekend off

As for this weekend and why the hammer has been placed on the floor, we are off to Coro to hopefully score some long awaited wave skim! I’m not sure when I’m coming back.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Aggressive Dominance

I’ve always been attracted to people who are dominate in their field. Think Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong and Michael Schumacher when they were prime. Please ignore the fact that they’ve all fallen a long way from that now.

I like the idea of someone being that much better than everyone else. There’s a few examples of this in the tech world and one of them is DJI, the drone company.

Over the last couple of years they have simply blown their competitors out of the water. They have a little bit of competition with their heavy lifters but after yesterdays announcement with the most advanced aerial platforms the world has seen, they’ve become even more attractive to me. This isn’t fanboyism talking, this is fact.

I’ve been flying a Phantom 2 and 3 Pro for about two years now. I’ve had a couple of little hiccups but overall what a fantastic product and most of all, learning curve.

Yesterday they released a couple of much anticipated products that more than likely sent every other aerial company back to the drawing board. A fine display of dominance and at a rate that has lead to quite a few people questioning if DJI even sleeps?

This is something I would love to do with my style of work and I believe there’s a couple of small genres that I feel I am. I’m not going to say what because here in NZ you will get chopped down if you somewhat indicate that you may be good at something. Much like the tallest poppy in the field.

Last Saturday was a fairly high pressure morning, trying to learn a potentially very dangerous task with the lads. Something that over time I would love to really blow people out of the water with

Sunday was a day spent pondering really and a few words about what I won’t be doing with part of my business anymore

As for what I was talking about DJI earlier then you can find out more by clicking here. I’m just going to work out how to afford all this new tech seeing my Lotto ticket buying scheme hasn’t been paying much.

See you at the beach!

Sam

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Vote For Omaha

The brief was to create a 90 second video highlighting why Omaha should be the next predator free community in New Zealand. Myself and Peter Hooper from the OBC got together and scribbled some notes.

Pest control had been an ongoing issue for as long as I can remember in Omaha. Having spent enough time working on the golf course literally pouring buckets of rabbit bait down some of the burrows and now mowing a few lawns, I am all for this initiative. It doesn’t take long to realise what sort of numbers the rabbits are existing in with rats the seemingly more evil and discrete target as well.

Anyway here is the video we put together

You can vote for Omaha here http://predatorfreenz.org/get-involved/video-competition/

Omaha is almost a complete island with water bordering almost the entire circumference so this initiative is definitely plausible! If we win we get a fairly substantial grant for pest control. Feel free to share it to your friends.

Thank you!

See you at the beach.

Sam

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Finding My Style

Photography and videography. What do you like about it? I bet the colours, the style and of course the actual imagery all have a big part of it. Sometimes a big part that people don’t realise is the personality behind it that’s selling it to you.

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This is a huge thing and is why some “Youtubers” are so popular. It’s them, not the actual content.

I believe I found my own personal style and interests a long time ago. I’m more than happy with how I see myself on film vs real life because it’s the same person. My photography style is one thing I’ve struggled a little bit with. Just this week I’ve been thinking a lot about this. I just typically snap away with whatever I’m doing and capture images. Slightly more focus is what I’m after and I do know what I don’t want to do.

There’s plenty of photographers travelling the world photographing the exact same places that everyone else is and it’s become so boring to me. Think the bloody Wanaka tree and how people go there to photograph what is just a shit tree in a lake. Creativity and skill in my opinion is hardly set to high and my interest has waned. Focusing more on my skill set is where I’m currently at and going to pursue!

Anyway last Saturday was a bit of an eye opener. I spend far too much time by myself and not because it’s my first pick. It’s because it’s the way it is and I like it!

Sunday I rose far too early and started shooting a little short film called “Addict”

I think I’ve found my style now. I’ll have to go take a dip in the ocean later to  ponder it.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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How October Went Down!

October usually means wind, warmer weather and hay fever if you’re lucky enough to get it!

This October was exactly that, it even slightly bucked the torrential rain trend of 2016 and eased up a little bit. Cameras and a boat were purchased, the surf seems pretty hit and miss but the chill has left the water and we’re into it!

Check the monthly wrap up below

Check out the vlogs of the month on OXS TV or hit the cards on the video up top!

Aerial picture of the month

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Picture of the month from on the ground

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November is here and Christmas isn’t far away. Oh Boy.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Keeping It Interesting

Something didn’t make the cut in the last week. It’s nothing serious but it was a point I wanted to touch on in one of my vlogs. It was about keeping content interesting and in this particular case, spearfishing.

Now I consider my video content I create, quite different from most. Spearfishing videos for the most part are cool but repetitive and most people are even going out of their way to use the same music. Cringe.

Being a weekend and anything interesting vlogger, it does become quite hard to make content consistently interesting. Throw some bad viz, no fish and no dive buddies it can become quite difficult to keep it spicy. The same can be said for any of my interests I like to get on film.

I have some great camera set ups and do my best so it’s a welcome change when you can peg something nice and get it on film. I will be uploading the full snoop of the fish I’m referring to at a later date but first up is Saturday vlog. Work and a skim at Pakiri which was a bloody good laugh like usual.

And onto Sunday, the video I’m referring to in this here blog post. The dive itself was decent, just a little solo dip with far too many Snapper about. I honestly had a shocker with spooking several as there’s usually not any in this spot!

As for the rest of everything, I really want to do a better job of everything. Skimboarding is also on the must do list which is even harder to keep interesting seeing I only have one other regular skimmer. One.

That’s it for the week, hopefully we will be keeping everything as exciting as possible. Oh and I bought this this week 🙂

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See you at the beach!

-Sam

 

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Alive In New Zealand – Ep 3

It’s November already and I released this episode which was shot during September, in October. Time travel I tell ya!

It pretty much rained the whole month but there were a few glimmers of hope in between with some nice fish shot and a few waves were had. I met some cool people in September as well so here’s hoping I meet some more as we roll into Summer.

Anyway enough of the chit chat, here is episode 3!

I can’t really say what the highlight of the month was because it was all pretty good!

That’s it for the month, see you at the beach!

-Sam

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A Simple Life

Ahhh yes the joys of living a simple life. Not sitting in traffic for a hour to get to work, not having to do it again in the evening, spending time with people you enjoy, spending time doing the things you enjoy.

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That’s what last weekend and the first long weekend of the “Summer” season was all about. If you didn’t know, over the course over Labour weekend, that little stretch of road between Warkworth and Omaha is an absolute joke. A tent pitched on the sand sounded like a bit of me.

Friday arvo rolled around and my enthusiasm led me to the beach where I spent the night. Saturday was nothing but laughs and good times. Find it here

Sunday the sun was out and the water was calling. Almost too much of a good time

Monday and after a few rough nights sleep I was off home to recover (I feel I still am)

As far as simple living, this was a great example as long as you ignore the handful of camera batteries that I have to keep charging. Now here’s where I discuss a little bit of what we’ve been discussing lately. We live in a world where mental and physical health issues are on the rise. So is divorce, bullying and basically all the bullshit that is bad.

What is it that makes our way of life seemingly flawed? Is this endless pursuit for financial wealth at the expense of time, the reason it’s turning pear? When was the last time you took some time off to just do something you enjoyed?

Overall and what seems like the excuse everyone has, is that we don’t have the time.

My suggestion is go make some, while you have some.

See you at the beach!

-Sam