“I think it makes me who I am, it gives me life, it gives me a sense of purpose. I think a lot of people in life look for reasons why they’re here and for some people it’s family, for some people it’s to make lots of money. For me I don’t see it that way, I’ve always had a very clear view of what I want from life and that is the freedom that being involved in ocean sport can give me and I think it’s given me character, it’s given me presence of mind, it’s given me strength and direction. If I’m ever lost in my land based life, if I just go on the water then I’m very much in tune again with myself and I can bring purpose to my existence I suppose” – Steve West.
Time is flying so fast now. Looks like started university yesterday, and now finishing… Was really interesting time here. But now new things are starting, future looks interesting and more promising… My final photo series are finished after 7 months. I’m calling it “Gravity”. Soon will be hitting exhibition space in London. See you there or around!
Today was checking on my old negatives and found some which was simple and nice to see, just a reminder how I started…
“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.
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