On the spur of a big night out, I decided to turn off my morning alarms. I missed my flight to Northern Thailand so that I could stay longer in Koh Tao. Little did I know that this would only be the beginning of my procrastination of returning back home to New Jersey.Continue reading “The Reality of Moving Abroad for the First Time”
The ocean has always called to me. From the time I could stand up in diapers, you could always find me chasing the waves of the shore. Jumping in and out, over and under. Swimming until my fingers pruned and the sun kissed my hair white.Continue reading “Why I Love Freediving”
It’s strange, looking back on a life you had every intention of returning to. It almost feels like someone else’s now. A 9-5 job, full suit (most likely), long commutes, 10 year plans. Some people find comfort in those things, and so did a part of me. It’s kind of like a question stuck on a revolving carousel: Did home change while I was away, or was it me that changed? Maybe both?Continue reading “Learning to See Potential in the Unknown”
The long-anticipated Avatar sequel draws attention to freediving in a new light, as the majority of the movie takes place in an underwater world called “Metkayina.” There is a lot of underwater work done with both actors and camera men. Between the cast, safety crew, camera people, grips, and special effects technicians, over 200,000 hours were logged in the water.
With so much of the film revolving around the water, the cast became quickly immersed, quite literally. Kate Winslet insisted on doing all of her own waterwork, as James Cameron told Vanity Fair in November 2017:
“The one thing she did do is demand that she does all her own water work. I said, ‘All right, that’s fine, we’ll have to teach you how to freedive.’ The other actors are up to three- and four-minute breath holds. We’ve already been doing underwater capture. We did a scene last week with six teenagers, well, actually five teenagers and one seven-year-old underwater holding their breath for a couple minutes and acting, actually doing a dialogue scene under water because they speak kind of a sign language.”
Days were long for the cast, as Kirk Krack, Performance Freediving International, told DeeperBlue.com. Most days started at 7:30 and went on well for 12 hours, and sometimes even longer on principal cast days.
While freediving has been part of several movies over the years, such as “Chasing Mavericks” and arguably one of the biggest classics, The Big Blue, Avatar 2 has the potential to launch freediving into a whole new realm.
Filming has wrapped up for 2019, so we can only hold our breath and hope it comes out soon…
I think this picture does the best job of summing up 2019, for me at least. I can’t tell you anything new or exciting that any other blogger can’t. I’m sure there’s a million other blogs out there today, but this best represents my year. The searching I did, the traveling, the inward and outward journey.Continue reading “Finding Sight in 2020”
In homage of the end of another 365 days, reflecting on memories from years past and those yet to be made. This was written with my favorite moments in mind, and more that will come. Just don’t forget, the end of of this year is also the start of another. Life is fleeting, so: go.Continue reading “Go – A Tribute to 2019”
I’m currently sitting in the stillness that a house only knows in the early hours of the morning, with the moon just setting and the rooms still quiet. The time change from Thailand to New Jersey has left me wired and ready to take on the day while the rest of the coast is cozy in bed, yet to meet the chill of this December morning.Continue reading “Home Life After 5 Months Abroad”
As I’ve had to explain to my parents multiple times, free diving is not diving that you do for free. When I told them I started free diving, their first response was, “I don’t understand, who is paying for you to dive then?”
While doing some research of my own, I found an article by Red Bull that described free diving with a perfect quote:
Continue reading “What is Free Diving?”
Free diving is where meditation meets endurance. You must quiet the mind before entering a world that asks you not to breath.
My motto for this trip has been that the universe works in strange and mysterious ways, and it certainly hasn’t failed to let me down so far. This past month has been the most unexpected, and exciting, yet.Continue reading “Update: 4 Months Abroad”
It’s hard for me to describe with any amount of words just how much I love India. I could write about it all day and still not do it any justice, so here are some of my favorite pictures. If each one is worth a thousand words, there should be plenty to read.Continue reading “Snapshot: India”