No response necessary…3rd Place.
World Bodysurfing Championships, 2016
It’s good to be on the ‘right’ side of a fight or cause, or project. It doesn’t happen all that often. Too many times, we find ourselves in a moment when we should have stood up and objected, raised our hand or voice, and said “no” or “yes”… or anything but be silent. However, personal interest (economic or emotional) confuses the moment and then it is gone. But, as I said, sometimes you find yourself on the right side of the equation and it is good–it is inspiring, it is informative, and it is most certainly a place where fear has no quarter.
Last week I began development on an educational video that was shot in Mesa, Arizona, on a Native American reservation. Without getting into too much detail, the video is about math as seen through Native American hoop dancing. AZ was 107 degrees, I had no budget to speak of, and the entire proof-of-concept was called in on favors from tribal educators that shared a common vision for a new kind of digital content.
Yes, the reservation I visited is beset by challenges of getting education to its sons and daughters–gangs, poverty, drugs…etc.; but working on the side of the problem with teachers was nothing short of brilliance. Here is a teaser from the few days I most clearly was on the right side of the equation.
No saber rattling here, just straight up NB Lifeguards doing their thing.
In case you’ve been napping–FarAndAWey has been on the move for the last few weeks, traveling, working, and catching a few late-fall waves; but, a few posts are up, or forthcoming, and they’ll make your day a smooth ride.
- We had to wait until almost the end of summer, but the swells showed up and DST was there to make a statement about getting out there…everyday if you can.
- FAAW got lost in Baja…and that’s a good thing.
- Got a front row seat to maybe one of the most difficult Catalina Classic Paddleboard Marathons in history–which is still difficult to write about (full post forthcoming).
- Laguna Aquathon did not happen, except for those that did not listen. It was the longest swim (4-5 miles) of any year I can remember, we missed the mid-day cocktail stop, and we still had more fun than can be expected for a six-hour tour of SoCal’s most beautiful beaches.
- Thought it would be super fun to race the second annual West End Loop Race, which it was if you didn’t actually race, but rather paddled with your friends, jumped in the water, and didn’t take yourself too seriously (full post forthcoming).
- DST ponied up a new short flick with his buddy and made a bonafide announcement that he is ready to charge larger surf in this great Dog Town Session that is dirty, nasty, and awesome.
Because raising a future waterman who says, “No big deal” to any conditions, and “Yes” to any day in the water, never, ever gets old.
“Even if it’s five times a day, go insane with joy
to see someone you love…”
Video Credit: FELT SOUL MEDIA
The inimitable Mark Cunningham.
I am 92% certain that someone is growing weary of this weather, of seeing this sunset, and of experiencing the onset of spring. They’ve grown accustomed to beaches and the feeling of having dusk descend about one’s ears, and they’ve forgotten all the snows that make a treadmill a trail. Reminder: give in to the moment.
Big heart Rob, big, big heart.