Coming to terms

The weather is getting cooler, I’m getting the reports in my news feed of storms puking snow across the U.S., pictures of people snowboarding in powder already and some resorts have almost 3 feet of thatfluffywhite stuff already. I’ve got the itch to go get on my stunt stick(snowboard) and slay a mountain.

The commercial spot prawn season is coming to an end and I find myself in a great transition from fisherman by trade to adventurer by obsession. Its hitting me hard, the adventure I’m about to embark on. The departure date is less than thirty days and the idea, the dream, the goal has been in process for over a year and a half. It seems that everyday there is a new development or a new feeling towards it. There is constant growth personally as to my values and my thoughts and ideas on life. I’m finding that the more important things like family are really taking on a new roll, my relationship to my girlfriend is becoming an increasingly more significant part of my life, and my roll in these relationships and in friendahips is one of the most valuable things I have. It doesn’t matter much what I have anymore, the fact is I gave most of it up. I’m ok with only having the neccesities, some cloths, some things to keep me warm, food, a phone so i can get a hold of people, and a computer to help research my next move. These things for me are a necessity.

I was thinking about my lack of experience splitboarding, also my lack of experience riding out of california and conditioning, I asked myself If I was ready to take on this new challange. I don’t think I’ve ever been more ready for it. The oly time is now, and the best possible thing I can do is be ready for whats next. Isn’t that why we love riding isn’t it because we really don’t know whats next. We don’t know whats after the next bumb or the next tree or corner. It makes it exhilerating. I don’t know whats around the next corner for me, but I have a feeling if I follow my passion to go snkwboard the gnarliest terrain I can find, I’ll get to what I am looking for out there. Being content with what I have isn’t enough, I need to find the best way to utilize it to persue my passions and to align myself for whatever may be in store. This is a soul searching mission and i have a feeling we are already well underway.

Inspiration with intent

I here now so far from where i “was” and so far from where I’m going. Some say the path is paved, I beg to differ. The script is rewritten day to day. We are given momements and in those moments we are given the opportunity, dare i say privledge, to make a choices that will change our life journey forever. In the act of choosing we forever redirect the path, we then grow into and internalize new perspectives, smashing old paradigms and developing new more freeing attitudes and ways of acting.

My recent time in Yosemite brought me back to some thoughts and feelings i felt i had lost. The errnest desire to connect with nature, and in turn find a centeredness that is untouchable, because untouchable is something to be. To truely be at peace with ones self. For me i find it there high in the mountains, removed from the hustle and bustle of the cities. I know its inevitable that i must return to my responsibilities, but upon return there is a sense of comfort. I know i will return, I will be driven to go further, to become more in tune with my body and the physical strain that i can withstand, the mental and emotional growth that i am afforded. Its like as if you remove everything that you know as true for just a moment and are given exactly whats in front of you, at thatmoment you’ve made a deal with the universe to start over again, to hold high resolve for good and to redirect your path once again. The old paradigms are no longer set in stone and new thoughts and ideas are abundant.

I had a short convo with Adam today about what our motives and intent is with this blog. Really, what we agreed on and my firm belief is that we are simply sharing all of us with all off you. We have no reason to edit thoughts and content to cater to any one group. That would be selling ourselves short and would hinder the process. By process i’m referring to the creative process we are undertaking. Also we musttake full advantage of sharing ourselves, hardship and stuggle is part of both of our stories, should i not share that imaymiss the opportunity to relate to an individual on a more personal level on a deeper level than has already been explored. Its a resonsibility to share and grow, should we loose audience because of certain aspects, so be it, we hope that unrelateable topics can be overlooked and relateable topics taken to heart. There is love for everyone reading and when i say we only wish to pass on inspiration to one person to make the journey worth it, i am speaking from the heartand for us both.

Voile Splitdecision

Just picked up this beauty today.  The relevance of this, an increase in range of travel in the back country and the ability to trek or explore with a wider range of riders. Right, so how does that apply? The further I can travel into the back country, the more opportunity for creativity, the more possibility there will be to get those epic snowboarding shots that we all love. The more I can find express what I really want in the Snow Dreams Documentary. Shout out to Meghan from Cerritos, CA for selling it to me. I walked away feeling like I just about stole it, 500 dollars flat, included were Voile Climbing Skins and all hardware necessary to mount bindings. Its amazing what you can find on craigslist.

The beauty of this, if I want to set it up for use with my mountaineering boots I can do that, if i want to use regular snowboarding boots I can do that. The possibilities are endless. Now think of this, cross country skiing to the base of a mountain or ridge, climbing as far up it as possible until the slope became too steep, put the snowboard on your backpack and don a pair of crampons for further climbing and once at the desired elevation put the board together and get ready for an epic decent. Its all about earning turns, its a personal goal to get out there and do it.

I won’t lie or make you believe I’ve used a split board before, but I have been in the back country of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and I have spent countless days winter camping. Also I have spent time mountaineering in the Californian mountains and I know that having the right gear to do it is absolutely necessary.

Next thing on the list of things to get Avalanche beacon.

Screen write and burning bridges

Its so strange, the creative process, how it changes you. The higher my commitment level to this road trip and film endeavor, the more different things look. When passion becomes obsession, it seems I’ve reached a point that unless your working towards a goal, I feel unproductive. And I’m talking about everything being in line, all actions through out the day moving towards a common goal, to learn about the production process and creating a travel itinerary. To be healthier, increase stamina, become more skillful and knowledgeable.

I’m really embarrassing the Idea of burning the bridges for retreat, essentially quitting is not an option. I have the firm belief that failure is simply part of the road to success and that it is an invaluable learning experience. Not saying I will fail but I’m ready for it.

My current view of the world is here…

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What your looking at is a rough draft screen write. My only camera for recording right now and the computer that gets these things to you.

Rough draft screen write is as follows;

Scenes

1. Intro – Short personal bio 1-3min

2. Action Shots – (surf, snow, skate) 30sec-1min

3. Idea – mountain scenery with voice over describing concept of movie – 1min

4. Sit Downs w/ people – video of concept development and reaching out to others for help – 2min

5. Training/Discussion w/ friends – video of physical conditioning, general discussion of the importance of pursuing dreams and goals – 2-3min

6. Packing/Prep 2min

7. Snowboarding in Southern California/Surf while waiting to leave on main trip – locations Bear Mountain and Mt. High 2-4min

8. Travel – w/animation of map and route taken, include double speed clips – music in back ground – 20sec

9. Arrival at first location – Tahoe, CA – 10-30 sec of local scenery with mellow instrument only music

10. Riding – voice over on location/quote of inspirational speech into music – 5-8min, Include camping scene, second voice over towards end of riding segment

11. Travel to 2nd location – animation of map and route, double speed scenes stopping for gas and food, no voice music only 20 sec

(heavy rock/punk music scenes 12-14)

12. Night life – concert w/ mosh pit 30 sec

13. Bails/wipeouts 45sec

14. Snowboarding (park and big mountain) 4min

15. Rider interview – 3min

16. New location (tram shot, header on screen)

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And so on…

The reality is, what is important is that I am traveling to do what I love. It doesn’t matter if I film it, but I think others should see the possibility of doing these things, remove the “untouchable” factor that industries create with their advertising and marketing. I believe that if we have the capacity to do it, we have a responsibility to share our experiences.

My projected launch date for kick starter is October 1st.

I am going to pick up some books on film production today, and… just putting one foot in front of the other.

Networking is on the priority list too, I’ve been procrastinating but need to reach out more. I have some people on the team but need to spread the word.