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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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Can’t Get Enough

What do we need to survive? Food, water and sleep. Yeap that’s about it.

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What do we need to keep us happy and “sane”? Well that’s different for everyone. I myself need to go away, I need to get cold, I need to see things, I need to do the things I love to do. Without these things I don’t know what would happen.

Last weekend we went away with a beauty but cold forecast. To be honest I had kind of glossed over how cold it was forecast to be. Saturday we were greeted by a stiff Southerly breeze, skim exploration and some fun but disappointing diving

Sunday we woke with more than a little frost on the ground. This meant for a freezing night in the tent, my four blankets did their job but oh baby it was cold

This is what I love. Getting away, looking at stuff with no real commitments other that to go enjoy yourself and feed your soul. Plus those post dive showers are amazing!

See you at the beach!

-Sam

 

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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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Boats, Golf & Water

It’s taken me a long time to work out my direction with my business.

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From starting making skimboards in 08, which sold quite well. Expanding a bit into screen printing and finally making some effort to expand my future in the content creation world.

You see when you have so many things on the go it’s hard to get anywhere.  I like too many things so when one thing is going well I want the others to which I feel tends to take away from the momentum of  thing that was working. Put simply 10 10’s don’t make 100. Basically what this means as of late is that I’ve had to make a few decisions as to my future and I feel the photography and videography is where I’m heading.

The areas I’m focusing on are the boating and marine industry, golf and lastly, shooting all the stuff I enjoy shooting. The dream of making an outdoors based show is being put at the end of the list of priorities.

I’ve been on a few projects lately which have fitted the bill nicely. That has of course been a couple of videos for a local business supporting Emirates Team New Zealand. Below is a vlog or behind the scenes from one of the videos

You can check the videos on full on the Matakana Botanicals Facebook page.

As for the future I know what I’m targeting, how to “get it out there” and most importantly I’m feeling focused on it!

Phew! Time to get to work.

See you at the beach!

Sam

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Do

Do swim. Do skim. Do surf, dive, spear, fish, explore, adventure, learn, bleed and live.

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Do go do something new and get uncomfortable.

Do try, eat well, drink lots of water and get fit.

Last Sunday involved some epic doing in and around the water (as usual)

Monday into Tuesday was more about sales and I DO need to sell a few

Don’t wait and wonder. Just don’t.

Do start. Do go!

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Feel More

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.

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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.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Boardsports & Watersports – Alive In New Zealand – Ep 8

February was the best month this year, so far! The water was warm and clear. So clear at stages it was hard to believe, for the Gulf that is.

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The best thing about this month is that the holiday crowds have typically gone and we’re free to play. I didn’t quite realise how much play time there was until it came time to edit.

Sit back and enjoy this 12 minutes of action

I sit here frothing over Summer footage as we’ve just had our first two frosts of the Winter. Gaggh.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Get A Hobby

The dictionaries definition of hobby is this “an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure.”

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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.

I welcome you to adopt a similar view.

See you at the beach. Obviously.

-Sam

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Nature Nerd

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.

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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.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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I’m Staying Put!

Well I’ve had plenty of options lately. Where to live, what to do, self employment or not etc etc.

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Last week was really about all of those major life choices. I was working through whether or not I was happy to potentially give up my brand. If it was that simple then the answer was a simple no. But what if it was for a job with plenty of potential? That’s a little different.

In the end I didn’t have to decide as a simple email back from the ITM Fishing Show answered it for me. I will be staying put in Omaha running this here brand.

It is however time to get focused and start working towards goals. I have a much better idea of where I’m at with everything this year than I did last year. I feel I spent 2016 a bit frustrated and confused with it all. 2017 is different.

On another topic we had some rain last week and the grass is now lush. So lush in fact that I’ve been walking about 23000 steps (actual figure from S Health on my phone) a morning to mow the stuff. After the rain cleared Sunday we got some waves and I must admit, was a lot of fun!

Next week is gearing up to be quite busy with a heap of golf course shooting as it’s tournament prep time and the aforementioned with be looking sharp!

See you at the beach!

-Sam