“I definitely think that what I’m gaining from windsurfing is the freedom I feel when I go out into the water, it just clears your head. I talk to the other windsurfers about it and it’s the same kind of feeling that they feel, no matter what problems you have in your life at the time you can just forget about it all. Personally I think that Olympic windsurfing is that competitive edge which I feel fulfills me because I’ve always had that competitive side and I think that it’s a sport that suits me very well” – Bryony Shaw.
Spending my last year in University. Really busy times at the moment. Don’t have much time to do personal projects. Working on two projects for University. One is related with lies and portraiture. Here is some samples on which I’m working at the moment.
“Surfing and paddle boarding it’s a life style. It’s not a hobby. You live it, you breathe it, you think about it. When you look through books or magazines, or anything, all you are thinking about, it’s the next wave, perfect wave. It’s so magical. You only know the feeling if you are the surfer. It’s very difficult thing to explain. When you out in the ocean, you are riding the waves and you got basically paddle for it, your heart is pumping, adrenaline is going, and you thinking am I going to make this? And when you take that drop it’s just wonderful, just to get it perfect… And then, you just put your hand into the face of the wave and you are cruising along and it peels over you. You just stand up and you are going - yahoooo… I’m real. It’s just a wonderful feeling, wonderful…” – Tony Peters.
“…what I found is that everything I do, and everything we do in life, is of mirror that fluidity what the water gives, so it’s learning not to fight it and try to go with it and to feel it, rather than move against it. I think life is a lots like that. So it’s learning how to our life to take you through, just like the water flows through and flows past the board and moves around you. Life is a lots like that, that is what I get from it” – Ryan James.
“I actually believe that there’s nothing that my body and my mind can’t do. I had no desire to make money. I had no desire to have the best job in the world. I wanted to compete at a higher level and I wanted to show other people that no matter what background you come from, no matter what your age is, no matter your size or your build, you can just go and do it” – Joanne Hamilton-Vale.
“I’ve been doing paddle boarding for the past four years. I think I know enough where I can compete and I can be serious if I want to, but I like the enjoyment of it. For me it’s fun to get out on the water. It’s amazing sport and is still growing every day, so I guess the most important thing is just to get out there and enjoy it, get involved. Aloha!” – Pilipo Tina.
“It’s freedom as much as anything, getting out on the ocean. We’re so lucky to have this around us and I think people don’t appreciate what we’ve got on our doorstep. I think you should never say never and if you’ve never got out on the ocean before, you really need to experience it. It’s a magical place, it’s the only place in this planet now that you can get away from everybody and everything, and you can experience a bit of solitude and I guess start to know yourself. It has physical benefits as well. Too many people sit around all day not doing anything with their lives and for me it’s just a brilliant thing to experience and everybody should get out there and try it.” – Pete Holliday.
“I’ve got a friend, a guy that I know and I gave him a lift home from work one day and it was a lovely weekend, really nice and sunny. The guy’s got three kids and I said to him: “what are you doing this weekend?” and he said: “I’m gonna go into my cave”. I said “what do you mean go into your cave?”. He said: “I’ve got a room in my house, I close the curtains and I sit there. I play on my Xbox or my Playstation” and I said to him: “what are you doing? Why would you spend a weekend, like this weekend, sat in a dark room playing computer games”. The guy’s got three kids and you need to get out there with the kids, get them involved, get involved in stuff and there’s so much to see and do out there, even if it’s not sunny. When I go windsurfing it’s rainy and stormy but I’m out there, actually I look forward to those conditions and there’s too much to do in life rather then to sit around in a “cave”. You need to get out of that “cave” and join in, do stuff and be happy and live your life”. – Phil Plume.
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