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Chasing Swell & Far North Fun – Alive In New Zealand – Ep 10

Pheww episode 10 already! A milestone of sorts….

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Not really but this episode shot in April was too much fun. You hear that!? TOO much!

This little series has been going almost a year now. Has it gained traction? No, not really but I will keep it going.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Finding Your Thing

We all need a thing. That passion, that interest, that I’m going to go do that on Saturday thing.

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I have four things. These are all things that through experience I know I thoroughly enjoy doing these things more than the average person. Why? I’ve always enjoyed certain thing a lot. Obsessive, enthusiastic, maybe a little bit crazy. That’s why.

I do them as much as possible. Like a lot, several times a week in fact because well, why not? That’s what makes me tick.

The next two videos are all about what makes me tick as I spent another weekend doing these things that I love.

One thing I don’t enjoy is bored people trying to shut other peoples fun down. This day was extremely fun minus one blemish

As for you thing you might be wondering how to find it, what it is, how do you go about it? Well if you don’t have a thing that you are super passionate about then start looking. Do something different. For the average person you need to expand your social circle and have a look around. There’s a few people in different areas doing your thing.

Things are good.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Alive In New Zealand – Ep 6

Each month I try to create an edit that stimulates me on many levels. One is that it makes me want to do it all over again. Another is that it’s simply a pleasure to watch. Action packed moments combined with the slower, more scenic ones are equally important.

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Decembers episode has manged to make me feel those things so I won’t delay. Here is the sixth installment of Alive in New Zealand

The footage from both January and February has been shown and is waiting to be edited.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

 

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Alive In New Zealand – Ep 5

Well it’s better late than never. The end of 2016 saw me pretty well swamped so here is Novembers footage all crammed together into my favourite monthly video!

I’m already stoked for Decembers episode so stay tuned!

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See you at the beach.

-Sam

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Accepting Feedback

One thing when I set out at the start of this creative journey was to gain feedback. Whether you like it or not, everyone is curious about what everyone thinks.

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You can legitimately care what others think and have the good and the bad affect you. While it doesn’t affect me, I am curious as to what others think about what I’m doing. Not so much those who have no real interest but those that are awake and paying attention. It helps me learn and makes decisions when I’m on the fence with things.

I asked for an opinion in my latest vlog and to my surprise I got a fair amount of positive feedback. Excusing the odd hick up, one thing I am very happy with is the feedback and interest I gather is positive! Even from strangers I’ve never met and probably will never meet. This gets me stoked about what I’m doing. Check the vlog here

There’s four big things in my life that I focus on. Skimboarding, surfing, spearfishing and of course capturing it all on camera. It seems people want to see these things relatively evenly. This gets me stoked again so this is the focus. Just to a bigger and better level. I have a wholllllle heap of other ideas but those require money and more importantly time. The latter being the thing people don’t really want to seem to spend.

To finish with and the whole point of this weeks blog post is if you’re reading this or viewing any of my content, hell if you’re seeing my in real life! Then I would love your feedback whether it be good or bad. I’m all ears.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

 

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Summer Is Here!

Well duh!

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Thanks for this blindingly obvious statement. Why is is important?

To me personally, it’s not really. Hobbies go on year round and my habits don’t really deviate. For the average person and more specifically the “I can’t wait for Summer” types then yes! This season is important.

Having just spent the first official weekend of Summer practically alone with about 47000 cancellations it’s got me thinking and this is going to come off as a bit of an attack. Firstly though here is Saturdays vlog consisting of cancelled dives and skim, even though I still did both

Sunday was a comparative rest day but still got some action in. Also was 8 months with a drink!

Right and now for the attack. I don’t mind the odd bit of confrontation. I bully people but I consider my bullying practices the kind where I bully you into the things you said you were going to do but don’t get around to it. With it being warm now my suggestions is to Get. Off. Your. Bloody. Ass. And go do these things before you’ve missed another Summer and Winter is your excuse.

Time and time again I see this and the one big excuse I get from people now is time. We simply don’t have it. We’ve got our lives to the point where most of us don’t have a day to just cruise about. We go to work for too long just so we don’t have any time for ourselves. What time we do have we spend consuming substances we don’t need and don’t have the energy to do anything a little bit different. Think about this before it offends.

How many people focus their weekend around where they can drink beer? With whom? Then think about how consistently on a week by week basis this happens? Then bring the years into it! I would go as far as saying this is the lifestyle habit of average New Zealander. There is no problem if we mixed in a healthy dose of other activities into it. But we don’t. Seriously think about it. Imagine if all of us did the things we’ve always wanted to do as often as this fail safe option.

We would live different, fitter, healthier, happier and more vibrant lives with a few less inches around our waist.

 Don’t believe me? Go try it.

It is Summer after all.

See you at 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

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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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Alive in New Zealand Ep 2

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Did you know that New Zealand has a lot more than just mountains and hobbit holes?

I do and when a lot of people shudder at the thought of Winter, I get out there and enjoy it. The best thing about Winter is that there’s more people inside which means more room for us to do our thing.

Those things include skimboarding, surfing, spearfishing, winching and of course trying to get it all in front of people. The month of August was spent doing exactly that with the bonus of some big fish and even bigger ocean going mammals. Sit back and enjoy episode 2 of Alive in New Zealand!

Ideas are flowing and so is the content. Who wants to get involved?

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Adventure NZ Podcast #3 Shaping Surfboards With Morris Surfboards

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Surfing has consumed a reasonably sized portion of my life since a young age. I consider it one of the big four interests in my life.

Shaping and the industry is always a fun topic so I figured this podcast may as well be done with a fun Surfboard company. I’ll save the dribble and you can watch the video podcast below

Soundcloud audio and download

Find the webiste and social media links below

Morris website http://morris-surfboards.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Morris-Surfboards-NZ-239684996155519/?fref=ts
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/morrissurfboardsnz/

Pop along to Unit 5/28 Anvil Road Silverdale (behind Ulrich Aluminium)

Please let me know what you think of the podcast, I’m wanting to feature a travel photographer or blogger next month!

See you at the beach!

-Sam