“The darkest hour of the night came just before the dawn.” Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist.
This is the quote I live by, because my past had some dark nights. Just like everyone else who has struggled to get where they are today. Four years ago, things were a bit different, I was in the midst of trying to sort out what was next in my life. After not being able to land what I thought was my dream and coming up short on a few back up plans.
I decided to reinvent myself, to venture into the unknown. This path has been an amazing one, filled with surprises around ever corner and bringing me to where I am at today, being able to share my passion with so many amazing people. Kook Chronicles, is my journal filled with my adventures, stories and tips of what happens when we turn our dreams in to a reality. And for me it is Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), stand up paddleboard Yoga (SUP Yoga), SUP Surfing and and teaching these outdoor activities to people throughout the world.
It all started in April of 2011, living in Orlando, FL pursing the Endless Summer life of wakboarding. But as destiny would have it my summer in Orlando ended and I was not wakeboarding nearly as much as I wanted and could not find a job to fuel this passion. I came to the realization that I would have to move back to where I grew up, start over and reevaluate what I was doing with my life. That night I went to bed dreading the next day, I was going to tell my good friend who I was living with I had to move out.
But as I was coming to grips with this forced reality, my bosses words of wisdom rang in my head. “We never know where the next opportunity is going to come from so be open, be aware and let the world know you are ready to receive it.”
That morning I woke up to a phone call from a wakeboard buddy, Ned Johnson. He invited me out on the water to paddle with him and his nephew’s company Paddleboard Orlando. The summer of 2011 changed my life forever, I was introduced into SUP racing, SUP surfing, SUP Yoga and to their amazing communities.
As Ned and David became the biggest supporters of my SUP Adventures, I was introduced to Tymi Howard. This connection added something to my life that like SUP, changed me forever. Tymi and the amazing community at Guruv Yoga welcomed me with open arms. Yoga became my sanctuary, my training place and my home. When I was not on the water I was in the studio, I couldn’t have enough of it.
As things continued to blossom in my world. I was then introduced to Dave and Trish Meyler of BOGA Paddle and Surf. In 2012 I teamed up with this amazing duo. Moved to California where I call home today and continue to live the life I have always dreamed of.
This web page is a glimpse into my world, from my past to the present. It is my way of saying thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way. All of my great friends make this dream a reality. I would not be able to share my passion of SUP, SUP Yoga, SUP Racing and Yoga with you all. If you have any questions please contact me as I’d love to hear from you! I look forward to seeing you on the water!