I’m back in the da Ho for a couple weeks. I was coming out to take Tom’s 3rd course – Object Evaluation which is geared towards how to evaluate conditions and be able to make educated decisions on when to jump and when not to jump.
Tom txt me a couple weeks ago and asked me to be an Assistant Instructor at his Fundamentals Course which I took back in March of this year and again in June. I accepted the offer immediately.
Whenever opportunities like this present themselves I usually commit to them first and then figure out how to make them happen afterwards. Finding out that he was willing to pay for my flight, give me a car, and let me stay at his house was a very nice surprise considering I said yes to it before knowing any of that.
I had a few conversations with my friends recently about them wanting to start traveling more often and I was recommending to them that they just book their flight and then they will figure everything else out. There is always going to be things that pop up to make you think the time isn’t right but you have to overcome all that and just do what you want. This approach may not work for everyone but I find that having a little pressure on me always inspires me to get my shit together.
I’m excited for the opportunity to help out in any way I can. I’m not exactly sure what is going to be expected of me but I will embrace the challenge. I consider myself a full time student of everything I am involved in and I’m reminded of the quote ‘when one teaches, two learn’ and this will be no different.
It’s going to be a long couple of weeks filled with moments of extreme stress, balanced with times of severe boredom.
It’s at times like this where I am again humbled and feel extremely grateful to have a strong team to run my gyms for me and keep everything going. I can delegate the responsibilities that require my actual presence and handle everything else from my computer.
Life is great.
The video below is from a few jumps I did back in June at the bridge. We intentionally packed 180′s and practiced how to make different corrections to get out of them and land safely. In the jumps I passed one, failed one horribly, and failed another not so horribly. I’ll be doing these drills again this week.
Practice Practice Practice!
I don’t think I’ve ever posted something on Throwback Thursday but recently I’ve made a few videos of past jumps I’ve made and this is close to the top of the list.
Nothing too crazy or technical happening in this one. Just a beautiful jump over the North Shore of Ohau. Myself and Sara were over there last December and I got one jump in during the week we were there.
I know that all the videos I post have far more meaning for myself than for anyone else but I hope you can all take a little of the peace I experience from this jump.
Full screen, headphones, and watch that shit in HD.
Recently I’ve been getting in a decent 3 workouts a week but the structure of it is very scattered and I have no real direction in terms of trying to progress weights and times etc. My shoulder injury is def still there and anytime I’ve started to push it (multiple days in a row) it reminds me to slow down a little. I’ve settled into a one on one off type schedule for now. As long as I can stay somewhat healthy and can move around without issue I’ll be fine.
I have however been consistently practicing flips since my landed my first one a couple weeks ago. New things seems to always pop up that peak my interest and flips are currently the flavor of the month. When I landed my first backflip a couple weeks ago I said to a couple of people “Now I feel like I can start learning stuff” – the backflip is kinda like the Squat of fitness. Without it you’re pretty much fucked – It’s basically the foundation to everything.
Last Friday I landed 9 in a row and I practiced them again Saturday and today (Monday). I’m going to keep refining it as I continue to learn new stuff and next on the list is the Gainer/Kick the Moon hybrid. I’m calling it that cause my version is a mix between both of them.
Last night I watched a bunch of tutorials on youtube and got enough to start trying it myself. As with trying anything for the first time I was afraid but after some self coaching and getting one solid attempt I was good to go.
I love being a student and learning new stuff. It never ends.
This was the back angle of my helmet cam from a previous video I posted. Click the jumping vids tab at the top of the page to see em all. This angle really shows how close I came …. but I had the speed and skill to get out of it. I’ve watched the video probably 100 times and relived those seconds many more. I’m going to be headed back out to Idaho again shortly to continue my progression and I’m excited for the challenges to come.
Jumping off shit with a parachute on your back is really fucking fun but making the decision to do it comes with a lot of weight. Over the past six months I’ve received a lot of support and challenge from my decision to start BASE and I’m sure that will continue.
Making a conscious choice to participate in a sport that is considered to be the most dangerous activity a human being can participate in has a lot of consequences to think about. Family, friends, co-workers, business partners, clients – The list goes on and on of people that would be directly effected if something were to happen me. Taking all that into consideration, my desire to keep going is greater than my desire to stop. I ask myself all the time ‘is it worth it?’ and as long as I keep answering ‘yes’ I am going to continue to do it.
There are those who are close to me that will never support my choice, and others who always will, and the balance of that gives me the ability to look at things objectively and make my decisions from the heart. No matter what path you decide to go in life there will be those who are with you and those who are against you, so at the end of the day you may as well do what you want.
The Law of Lesser Pissers: if you’re given the choice between pissing someone else off or pissing yourself off, choose, them. People come and go, but you’re with you for the whole trip…and it’s your life. – Dr John Demartini Now, I’m not saying that my intention is to hurt, or piss anyone off through my actions BUT I have things that I want to accomplish in my life and I’m not going to let obligation or social idealisms dictate my destiny. I’m going to make my own path and deal with the consequences of my actions as they unfold.
I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to maintain not using my computer or listening to podcasts/music when going to sleep for over 2 weeks now. It’s still only been a couple of weeks and I still have to consciously remind myself to not bring my computer into bed but its getting more and more consistent and will be automatic over time.
I just got back from Amsterdam with my brothers.
The last time we all hung out together was 7 years ago at my going away party in Ireland. All our worlds are completely different now but after an hour with each other it was like we were all 16 again. I didn’t realize how much I miss all of them until we hung out with each other.
We’ve somewhat stayed in touch over the years but it was great to be able to sit down with a beer and reconnect with everyone in person. I made a solid effort to remain present over the 4 days and was constantly reminding myself that it may be another 7 years before I see them all again.
Morgan put together the edit below which has a bunch of tricks from our skating years which is how we all know each other and was again cool to relive some of those moments.
Hoping it won’t be too long till we all reconnect again.
In other news I landed my first standing backflip last week! I’ve been going around for years saying that it was a life goal of mine but I can probably count on two hands the amount of days I actually spent practicing so I was never really committed till recently. Either way I’m psyched to begin learning some more stuff and progressing in that area.
Also got this wall flip. I used to be able to do them years ago but never got one as clean as this one. #alwayslearning
Of course then I wanted to put them both together which turned into A LOT of frustration.
Prob took me an hour to land this over 2 sessions. I got frustrated to the point of quitting but couldn’t stop thinking about it so I went back later in the day.
Be relentless in whatever you are pursuing!