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Summer Heat – Alive in New Zealand – Ep 17

How do you fit spearfishing, Thundercats, surfing, skimboarding, van life adventures and a Great White shark into one video?

Firstly assign yourself to spending absolutely hours sitting in front of a computer. Once you’ve sorted that then get to work. Work I did and here is the result

I struggled a little bit with this episode as there was just so much content and I’m looking at a little change to the series too!

Stay tuned and I will see you at the beach!

-Sam

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Assembling A Team Of Rad People

My little business/brand/company turns 10 very shortly! There’s been several “revisions” of what that consists of during this time but one thing that has stayed true and that is that it has always been fairly visual.

2018 is the year I work out exactly what this brand means and give it some real direction and purpose. This means a team. A team of cool people doing epic things! Sounds achievable, watch the video below for the general idea

So what does a team mean exactly for a brand? Well it should work both ways so I’m going to keep this as simple as possible.

For the brand it means increased exposure in the chosen areas in which it has chosen to promote itself. Pretty simple.

For the sponsored person or people it means help with their chosen sport (or whatever), increased exposure and of course…. Free stuff!

As I push a lot more brand focus this year with a small team of guys (which i will detail more shortly) I of course want to expand this so if you feel you have something to offer then get in touch. I’m sure you can work out how!

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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How Good is NZ – Alive in New Zealand – Ep 15

Run the poo over. Quote of November and included in the video, as it should.

The “little hole in the boat” quote is also worth noting. The food runs and some of the weather in November was bloody epic!

As for what’s coming up, if you’re subscribed to OXS TV you probably already know!

See you at the beach.

-Sam

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White Island Spearfishing

Being fairly new to spearfishing I haven’t really got around too much yet. After diving White Island last week I have now realised that I must in fact, get around some more.

Good viz, plenty of fish and a good couple crew of guys. Check the video below for the details.

220m of water, one log and one Kingfish already in the boat.

This guy was trying to score himself a feed.

This blue water!

Friendly little guys these Mau mau. Tasty too.

Just a Helicopter parked on an active volcano.

When a school rolls through and you’re armed with nothing but a camera.

Big bug!

Day 1 transport.

There’s a tiny little fish on the right of this frame. It was trying to hide from the bigger bait fish. It’s a eat or be eaten kind of world.

That’s it for this post. As I want to cover it far more extensively I will be making another trip!

Cheers to all the guys I went with!

See you at the beach.

-Sam

 

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Going Out On Your Own

The road to self employment is a piece of cake and everyone should do it.

Now that I have your attention I will come clean, That first line isn’t true. For most anyway.

Self employment for me is about a dream. Not just a boring business that I copy and paste a how to from others. It’s about creating what I view is my dream life and living each day as I want to. This isn’t at all easy.

Last week we shot to the Far North to help my parents with their little slice of rocky roaded self eployment. You can find Saturday here

They have had easily enough of their own problems incl that big shed burning down but boy, what an amazing process for the produce.

Sunday morning we were up and looking to score a feed (thumbnail hints as to how it went)

Back to self employment. As far as my dream goes, in my mind I want to go skim, surf, spear, run my brand and shoot content all day.

The complications arise when you actually have to make a few bucks from these things because life is expensive. One thing I’ve always had from the start is product to sell and I’m always looking to expand this. Selling is hard but when it’s your own product but boy, it’s satisfying. Anytime someone wants to fork out their hard earned cash on something I made makes the pursuit of the dream worth it!

Producing content is much harder than selling product as it requires far more of my time invested, for much less income. If I wasn’t so passionate about it, I wouldn’t be doing it. For some reason I love it!

Oh and on a sales orientated pitch you can sign up to my mailing list here.

On that note, I will see you at the beach!

-Sam

 

 

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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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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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Creating Content

There are so many types of content floating around out there that I don’t even really know where to be begin.

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In my first phase years ago of making stuff to put online it was all skimboard orientated because that’s what I knew. Fast forward a few years to where I am now. I tend to split between vlogs/day in the life stuff, informative and more nicely edited visual treats. Or however you want to explain it all.

Here’s some interesting stats of my own that I’ve learnt from my own content.

-Vlogs have a much higher initial engagement due to the personal aspect of them. You can see in this weeks one below

– Informative videos seem to work well once they’ve been in the system for a long time.

– Finely edited videos with very little personality expressed, don’t do as well as they did 5 or so years ago but…. If you create a video targeted at something specific then they can and do get on a little roll.

– The average spearfishing video possesses zero creativity. There’s no personality or context to what is going on.

– The average drone video possesses zero creativity. There’s so many people putting content out now that it has become overused and dull.

– Surfing related content creates a heeeeeap of interest but also the most negativity.

– Podcasts are rad and are booming. Is this the rise of real news from real people?

-Adventure based content from little businesses and/or groups is on a massive boom right now. Soon to be horribly saturated.

-Fishing content is so popular to the point that I don’t really think you can make anything original!?

-There’s a lot of negativity online but the channels I have created seem to get much lower than my average share, which is great!

That’s just a few things I can think of off the top of my head that I’ve noticed from my own experiences. As the online content market rises so do the opportunities for people, young people in particular.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

 

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Marlin, Surfing & Smoked Fish – Alive In New Zealand – Ep 9

Morning blog

It’s that time of the month where I look back and thing about how warm the water was! Check out the jam packed month here

Being mid June the weather has certainly cooled but I’m kicking on. Got some exciting stuff coming up!

See you at the beach!

-Sam