|I took my 12 year old son to the skate park the other day. He was out there having a pretty good session, when a few drops of rain hit the floor. I looked at him and said, "Finish it up because its fixing to come down, and we don't have the top on the jeep." He kept riding, trying hard to get as much in, in the little time that he had. A few minutes later, the drops got heavier and I had to kill his session.
We jumped in the jeep, and the race started. As me and my son were heading home, the wind started howling, I looked at my son and said "Hang on boy, were fixing to drown!" We reached the half way point when the monsoon hit us. It started raining in buckets. There was nothing to do but crank up the radio, and hit the gas- laughing all the way.
We got caught at a red light, I looked at my boy and he said, "Dad, my board is getting wet. Can I take off my shirt to cover it?" That's when I knew I had raised him right, his priorities were straight. The light turned green and we kept on driving home; smiling, jamming out, laughing as we got pelted by the stinging rain; just stoked to be alive. We finally made it home, and I got the jeep under the carport. My son looked at me, laughing and yelled out, “That was awesome!”
I told you that story because that moment is what I live for. That to me, is more important than anything else I could do with my life. That is one of the best times I have ever had with my son, and it will forever be a cherished memory. And how all that translates into sharks is, that is what I am chasing after every time I drop into the ocean. On every trip, I am always seeking that Golden Moment that will forever be engrained in my memory. When I dive, I dive for the purity of it all, the adventure, and to have fun with my friends. If I could I would travel and dive everyday. But it is hard because I chose to be a magazine publisher and a filmmaker, instead of becoming a full time shark operator.
But I have no regrets. I chose to publish magazines and make films about sharks so I could share my passion and excitement for this great sport with everyone, not just the divers that would visit my part of the world. And I do it out of love for sharks and this lifestyle. So that future generations will have Shark Diver Magazine and Chasing Sharks films, to read, to enjoy, and to be inspired to travel and create their own adventures. And my long term dream for all this is; for the world to play in the rain with the people they love... forever!
Livin' the Dream!
P.S. A special North Carolia sandtiger trip is in the works, keep checking back!