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Thankgiving Instalove

05 Dec
December 5, 2015

A little Instagram love from the boys at The Inertia! They used an excerpt from an old article I wrote for their 2015 Thanksgiving Day wishes. I wrote this piece for them back when they were just getting started, before their site was getting hundreds of thousands of visitors every month–  far more (incredibly) than even Surfer or Surfing’s online properties! I’ve always been so impressed with what Zach Weisberg, Alex Haro and their Team have accomplished. And they’re great humans, to boot. I’ve really enjoyed writing for them, and watching their business grow. I just love seeing people step out to pursue their dreams with passion, courage and determination- making it happen! That’s exactly what these guys did. I’ve been working on my own side project lately, but look forward to getting back to publishing on The Inertia again, very soon! Thanks for the shout, fellas!

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Camachee Cove, St. Augustine, FL

01 Dec
December 1, 2015

Boats at Camachee Cove Yacht Club , St. Augustine

Picture Perfect

01 Dec
December 1, 2015

beautiful tree on South Carolina farm in fall

Broke Down

01 Dec
December 1, 2015

broken trailer in a corn field

Hartsville, SC Cornfield

01 Dec
December 1, 2015

Corn feild

The Waiting Game

16 Oct
October 16, 2015

North Beach Camp Resort, St. Augustine, Florida

Hurricane Joaquin Swell

08 Oct
October 8, 2015

A few GoPro shots from the recent Hurricane Joaquin swell. These were all taken in the Ponte Vedra Beach area and inside Guana River State Park on October 3rd and 4th, 2015. Good times after an unusually long, flat summer due the global El Nino weather pattern that brought waves to most of the rest of the world, but which inhibited tropical storm development this year in the Eastern Atlantic. It seems all of that stored up energy was released in a single storm which provided some pretty epic Florida conditions.

Hurricane Joaquin, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL October, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin, Jacksonville, FL October, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin, Northeast Florida, October, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin, Guana River State Park, October 2015

surfing in Hurricane Joaquin in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL October, 2015

Surfing in Guana River State Park in Hurricane Joaquin, October 2015

Imagine

08 Oct
October 8, 2015

Can you imagine what this might have been like? This guy didn’t have to. Pretty magical moment.

Who wants to go to Bali?

05 Oct
October 5, 2015

Wow, a natural wavepool… Great edit, here. Incredible drone footage of Indo set to a little Led Zeppelin. Rodney Osgaard nailed it.

This Land

29 Sep
September 29, 2015

The Flying Machine

10 Sep
September 10, 2015

Another good one here from Portugal- “The Flying Machine” by Maquina Voadora on Vimeo.

Fantasysurfer Update

07 Sep
September 7, 2015

Fantasysurfer game

 

Well, hey… I’m lagging on the men’s side this season, which is unusual for me. But I’m killing it on the women’s side. 95th place out of 19,785 players- not bad at all!

Source by Tyler Haft

20 Aug
August 20, 2015

Wow, love this one from Tyler Haft. This is Dane Zaun surfing in LA. It looks so fun, if a little chilly! Beautiful waves, beautiful surfing, gorgeous cinematography and great music selection, here. Check out the opening sequence. What a beautifully planned and executed shot… Really nice! The music is “Ambient Guitar” by Alex Weinstein and “Song of a Sinner” by Top Drawer. Hat tip to SurfSleepTravel.com for the call on this one.

Kelly Slater and Sean Holmes at JBay

05 Aug
August 5, 2015

Just a couple of days after Mick Fanning was attacked by a Great White, here’s Kelly Slater blasting great white blasts of spray on those same JBay lines. Well, not exactly the same. A good 4-5′ larger and perfect. The music is “Three Seed” by Silversun Pickup and Guy Mac put the edit together.

The Lexus Hoverboard: It’s here

05 Aug
August 5, 2015

Unbelievable… Technology never ceases to amaze me. And this technology is a decade old. From WIRED:

“AFTER A MONTH of teasers and speculation, Lexus has finally shown off its real, live, working hoverboard. It may not beBack to the Future, but it’s still a mighty satisfying ride.

As it turns out, the future is hard; professional skateboarder Ross McGouran has plenty of spills on the way to mastering even basic moves. That’s perhaps not surprising, given that riding the Lexus hoverboard is basically like straddling a maglev train. As we explained in June, the Lexus hoverboard relies on superconductors and magnets, which work against gravity to lift board and rider above the ground. That cool-looking steam coming off of the sides isn’t decorative; it’s liquid nitrogen, cooling the superconductors to -321 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature at which they become superconducting.

The steam’s not the only thing that may not be quite what it appears. The biggest disappointment for hoverboard enthusiasts is that course on which McGouran hover-shreds is actually has metal underneath it; on the surfaces that comprise the vast majority of our infrastructure, the hoverboard would simply be a heavy, immobile board. In fact, aside from its healthy dose of style, the Lexus hoverboard isn’t much different from a dozen lab demonstrations that have taken place over the last few decades.

A highly constrained, not quite original hoverboard is still a hoverboard, though. And this one even comes with a bonus; Lexus put together a mini-doc about the process that gives a refreshingly clear-eyed look at the physics behind the fun.”

Let’s hope jetpacks are next.”

Like a Girl

03 Aug
August 3, 2015

I love this video. It has had about 50,000,000 views since coming out a year or two ago, but  deserves another 300,000,000 in my opinion. As the father of two strong young girls who have been brought up to think for themselves, and to understand that their strength, worth and value does not come from anyone else around them, but by God alone, I appreciate this beautiful social experiment and all the things it says about girls, our culture, the innocence of youth and the power of positive self-image.

As a marketer, I believe that developing a compelling campaign for a personal hygiene product like Always might be considered a challenge by most. But that’s exactly what the creative team succeeded in doing here in a way that is memorable, supports the brand’s values and connects emotionally. In fact, I’d say that that this campaign transcends great creative. It is a truly profound, revealing and inspiring work of art.

DC SHOES: Robbie Madison’s Pipe Dream

03 Aug
August 3, 2015

Are you kidding me??!!! Now I have officially seen everything. This has gotta be the most ridiculous stunt ever! Ha! It’s great!

What if Money Was No Object?

01 Aug
August 1, 2015

 

Profound vocational guidance from the late Alan Watts. This is a lesson that all parents need to pass along to their children. What do you desire from your life?

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What do you desire? What makes you itch? What sort of a situation would you like?

Let’s suppose, I do this often in vocational guidance of students, they come to me and say, well, “we’re getting out of college and we have the faintest idea what we want to do.” So I always ask the question, “what would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?”

Well, it’s so amazing as a result of our kind of educational system, crowds of students say well, we’d like to be painters, we’d like to be poets, we’d like to be writers, but as everybody knows you can’t earn any money that way. Or another person says well, I’d like to live an out-of-doors life and ride horses. I said you want to teach in a riding school? Let’s go through with it. What do you want to do?

When we finally got down to something, which the individual says he really wants to do, I will say to him, you do that and forget the money, because, if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing, which is stupid. Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.

And after all, if you do really like what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter what it is, you can eventually turn it – you could eventually become a master of it. It’s the only way to become a master of something, to be really with it. And then you’ll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So don’t worry too much.

That’s everybody is – somebody is interested in everything, anything you can be interested in, you will find others will. But it’s absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like, in order to go on spending things you don’t like, doing things you don’t like and to teach our children to follow in the same track.

See what we are doing, is we’re bringing up children and educating to live the same sort of lives we are living. In order that they may justify themselves and find satisfaction in life by bringing up their children to bring up their children to do the same thing, so it’s all retch, and no vomit it never gets there.

And so, therefore, it’s so important to consider this question:

What do I desire?

Mickler’s Landing

29 Jul
July 29, 2015

Sunset by the ocean in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Into the Blue

27 Jul
July 27, 2015

snorkeling in Fiji

 

Interesting perspective of Gretchen snorkeling in the South Pacific Ocean, shot from the surface with my GoPro

Old Palm Valley

23 Jul
July 23, 2015

Old Palm Valley, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Old Palm Valley… In so many ways, it has changed over the years. In so many ways, it has stayed the same. There’s a peaceful, sleepy feeling to the area that never goes away. It’s part of its DNA.

Motion by Morgan Maassen

22 Jul
July 22, 2015

I love Morgan Maassen’s work. He is such a fantastic still photographer and clearly is equally adept with motion. His eye for color, composition, pacing and ability to evoke emotion, while showcasing the beauty of life puts him among the elite in his profession. It’s no wonder Maassen works with some of the world’s premiere brands and media. Of course, Red Epic/Dragon cameras, and surfers like Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, Stephanie Gilmore don’t hurt; but there’s so much more that goes into creating art like his- some of it learned, but most of it, God given.

While Morgan absolutely has his own signature style, some of his imagery reminds me of Chris Bryan’s work. I’d love to see those guys collaborate, if they haven’t already. I’m sure that whatever they produced together would be mind-blowing.

You may notice at the beginning of the film, that there’ an African American photographer shooting images. Shawn Theodore is a Philly-based artist and photographer who shoots really cool images (mostly portraits) of vanishing African American landscapes. I know Maassen has said that he is inspired by Theodore’s work (and the man himself), and it looks like Morgan included Shawn in this piece, filming the photographer doing his thing. If you want to see some beautiful, vibrant imagery, then check out Theodore’s Instagram feed at @_xst (and Morgan’s at @morganmaassen). Great stuff! Also dig the music here.  That’s “After Gold” by Kelpe. Enjoy it!

Mick Fanning Attacked by Shark During Final at JBay

20 Jul
July 20, 2015

 

Just Add Soap & Water

19 Jul
July 19, 2015

No waves, no pool, no problem! A little soap, water and a plastic tarp are all you need to cure summer boredom! This is resort-style living at its finest- Kaelyn having fun in the yard.

Heaven Under Our Feet and Over Our Heads

19 Jul
July 19, 2015
Guana River State Park

Perhaps one of the most stunning viewpoints of Guana River State Park

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