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What It’s Like Moving Into A Van

As of the 22nd of October I’ve lived in a van. Before I get into this blog post here is the video from moving week

Before you gasp and ask the obvious questions I will post some obvious answers.

It’s not a tiny van, I can stand up.

I park mainly up at my shed space where I run my business from.

It’s not that difficult to find a toilet.

Solar or borrowed shower. I’m still working on a really solid option here.

Yes it helps me save a lot of money.

I don’t have a move out date.

To be perfectly honest as of right now, this is one of the best things I have ever done. The van isn’t quite finished but I’m chipping away at it. It doesn’t make me feel uncomfortable at all but it does make me feel warm, happy and freeeeee. Which is great!

So where to from here? Well I’m essentially rebuilding my business at the moment. The hardest thing I feel has been the volume of equipment i ave from boat stuff, van stuff, skimboards, surfboards, dive ear, print gear, you get the picture.

Overall I’m feeling super stoked on this and would encourage anyone out there thinking about it, to seriously look into it! I can’t wait to make some proper road trips happen very soon. Will keep the updates coming as I make progress.

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See you at the beach!

-Sam

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How It’s Been In A Van So Far

Sunday the 29th of October was my first night out in the wild. By out in the wild I mean not living in a conventional house.

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The van build has gone pretty well for a first attempt and it’s turning into one of those “shoulda done it years ago things”. As far as what I’ve learnt so far is that there’s no real drawbacks. There’s some mild inconveniences, but nothing I would consider a drawback. I’m writing this parked up by the Omaha Boat Ramp in fact.

Last Saturday was a great day. I got back out in the water after a injury and moving stint! No solid fish but was a cracker of a day!

Sunday we awoke by the water and set about competing with each other

So far the van is warm, dry and has been more rewarding than I thought it would be. I’m going to be uploading some New Zealand specific videos on the campervan/ tiny home/ mobile living scene regarding showering, biodegradable soaps and chemicals, general living and a full van build (when it’s actually finished).

See you  at the beach!

-Sam

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Picking Your Own Van Layout – Custom Campervan

When it came to the layout of my van I took special consideration into where I lay, literally.

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Things that were important was I wanted it to be comfortable (obviously), simple and a table to work from was a must. I feel the permanent bed option is better in terms of day to day hassle and storage options but the importance of having a good desk and working space was a top priority! Check the video below or all the layout info

I can tell you at the time of writing this that these have all proved pretty reasonable decisions as I’ve been living in it for over a week now!

See you at the beach.

-Sam

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Big Snapper & Frosty Camping – Alive In New Zealand – Ep 13

If i had to rate my month in terms of favourites, July would certainly be top 3 of the year. The water was cold and clear. The weather was mainly the same.

Here’s a shot of the action that YouTube deemed not worthy of monetization (assuming it’s because there’s dead animals in it)

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Peep the full 16 minute video below

Excellent times with excellent people.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Custom Van Build – Insulation & Epoxy Floor

When it comes to setting up the perfect van build for myself I had a few things that were important in mind.

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One was for it be be warm and dry so obviously insulation was important.

I also wanted it to be fairly water resistant as my ute indicates that she will be seeing a few fair damp bodies in its time.

I also wanted to keep it as light and simple as I could.

First up, after scouring many many videos online the insulation was installed but I would prefer to do it another way next time. All is detailed in the video below

When it came to the floor I needed to retain as much headroom as possible with the build so keeping it thin, strong and water tight were the things that were the most important to me. As again it’s all detailed below

Overall she’s looking good and a lot further on that these videos suggest. At the time of typing this the moving day is 9 days away.

Stay tuned for the ongoing updates as I am covering it in a weekly build fashion.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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My Life Is Going More Mobile – Custom Van Build

What does a home mean to you? Is it a home or just a house? Maybe you’re only there to lay your head at night or maybe you spend all your time there, bored.

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I’ve always loved the idea of a Campervan. Recently as I pulled up to a campsite in the rain, on the coldest weekend of the year I really wished I had one.

So here I am, it’s time. I’m chucking in this paying rent thing we do (well the bulk of it anyway), bought a van that I’m fitting out and I’m on the move. I don’t really have a plan, this is no Summer move or a two year thing, it’s just a move. It could be and probably is a business move as I want to build more so it’s much like the property market, just smaller. It’s also going to be my mobile office where I can edit, upload and produce all my content from while not being at my desk at home.

Check out the intro video here

As for vehicle specs, it’s a 1998 Fiat Ducato 2.5 turbo Diesel. Straight enough especially considering the year and has plenty of room. I’ve been waiting a few weeks to start advertising this as I didn’t want it to affect anything at my current residence which now that I’ve given my notice, it doesn’t matter.

As I delve deep into this life I will fill you in on the details and I’m documenting it all.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

 

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Snapper Off The Rocks & Boating – Alive In New Zealand – Ep 12

Roughly one year ago I started making this series. I set out to make a little video about what happened in the month as I seem to get up to a lot of stuff that I felt needs to be all mashed together.

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Maybe it’ll motivate some others to come get involved? I thought.

12 episodes later that hasn’t exactly happened but I do feel I’m starting to get the series where I want it. So here’s the little celebration of this series 1st birthday!

The next episode is going to be a ripper!

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Spearfishing & Surfing – Alive In New Zealand – Ep 11

Would you be surprised if I said I spent a lot of time in the water in May?

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One of my favourite things about putting this series together is looking back and being like yeahhh oh man that was fun. May was fun and the episode from May can be found below!

Winter is now on it’s heels and I’m charging into Spring!

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Relaxing Drone Shots Of New Zealand – Ep 1

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In the fast paced world we need some time to sit down and relax. I’ve been thinking about making a little series for some time that would hopefully allow just that.

Nothing flashy, no overused soundtracks, no horribly jerky operating.  Just some relaxing shots of this wonderful country, New Zealand.

I will drop these edits basically as soon as I have the footage to do so. A little more variety is on the cards next time. For those wondering, I use a Phantom 4 Pro!

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Golf Photography & Videography New Zealand

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Golf is a love or hate sport. Millions of people around the world are in love with the game. Millions of people think “chasing a little white ball around is stupid”.

Little do those people know is that the balls come in more colours than just white ha.

I’ve spent a lot of time on Golf Courses over the years. Hours upon hours practicing, mowing greens in the dark, playing tournaments and generally loving the manicured, green environments they provide.

The sport of Golf here in New Zealand is popular but my feeling towards how clubs market themselves are a little out of date. Social media and online applications are king and golfers love to see their favourite courses from different angles. In fact I would rate golfers as some of the most enthusiastic about their chosen sport. Social media engagement tells me this.

Before I get into a few more details, check the video below.

What does this mean for clubs? It means advertising that works. It gives the golfers a taste of what they can play, the views and colours of the course, the warm up before the warm up. You can pitch content towards corporate groups as to why they should be playing your course. Excite the members about playing their course and attract new ones to it!

For tournament golfers and those wanting to analyze their swing, it means high speed swing capture to see if you’re putting the club where you should be (or shouldn’t).

For social groups it means professional video and photos for your own personal and social uses. Document your 4 day golfing trip anyone?

With video certainly painting a bright picture, still photography has it’s own place

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Professional shots of professionals. Mike Hendry wedging into Omaha’s 13th.

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Suited for social applications!

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Corporate.

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How bad does this make you want to play.

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A unique perspective I mentioned earlier.

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Seasonal weather events are some of my favourite shots.

So there you have it, some examples of what I can do for you. I’m sure this blog post could go forever but if you’re interested about what I can do for you or your club then please email me sam@oxsenterprises.com

See you on the greens.

-Sam