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I Surf Because…

I Surf Because…

Why do you surf?  “For the freedom and for the thrill.  Just being out there, and being in nature.” “To stay grounded.  And I’ve been doing it for so long, I can’t imagine not surfing.  It’s everything to me.” “It’s how I get my meditation.” “It’s really fun, it’s good exercise, it’s really addicting, and … Continue reading

Why I Surf ] [ Why Surfers Surf

Why I Surf ] [ Why Surfers Surf

Why I Surf ] [ Why Surfers Surf Surfing reeled me in when I was eleven years old: hook, line, and sinker. The summer following fifth grade was coming to an end.  At this time, my favorite after school activity was watching “Maury;” I was (as my Dad told me through a locked bathroom door) … Continue reading

My Happiness Commandments

My Happiness Commandments

My Happiness Commandments 1. Let it go 2. Live with intention 3. Be open 4. Be Natalie 5. Act the way I want to feel 6. Do it now 7. Love is all around 8. Choose not to take things personally 9. Baby steps 10. Rejoice in beauty 11. Be the fun 12. Deeds not … Continue reading

A Search for Stoke

A Search for Stoke

I myself have taught more people to surf (that scene from “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” comes to mind) than I can count. There’s something special in seeing the person’s joy when they first stand up. But, my project is not ultimately about a person’s love of surfing. It’s about chasing a stoke-like feeling, happiness basically, and I believe the most powerful form of this comes through human connection. Continue reading