Balance. Namaste.

In a world of hustle and bustle, a society with high stress, deteriorating mental health, Americans have an issue with balance.

We don’t know how to keep ourselves in balance. We overextend ourselves and burn out. We are overworked and can’t seem to break out from a cycle of imbalance. How can we live a fulfilling life? How can we be productive while maximizing happiness? Are we lost?

I believe so.

I am a high performing business man. I know what it takes to win. I’ve been in sales since I was kid selling candy door to door. As an adult, I’ve spent 15 years as an outbound sales professional hunting new business. Yes, I’m a sales guy! Over a decade in technology sales, I’m familiar with pressure and deadlines. Especially at end of quarter! I’ve spent my entire professional career in Silicon Valley selling complicated tech to smart business savvy technologists. Silicon Valley is uber competitive with many high caliber individuals competing for…who knows what? Maybe attention. Maybe ego. Maybe for the boss’ good graces. Maybe they think there’s scarcity of resources (I don’t believe that in any way, there’s opportunity for everyone). Corporate culture sucks. But it doesn’t have to.

People need to surf and surf more 🙂

How can we continually work in an environment that creates more stress than it has to? I believe corporate America needs to turn it down a few notches and change the we work. I believe people are more productive when they’re happy. I believe certain amounts of stress is good motivator. But stress needs to be used effectively.

Surfing has been a critical component of how I deal with stress.

Ok, so where am I going with this? In order to be a productive member of society, people need to learn how to deal with stress and be able to identify the cause and effect. People need to surf and surf more 🙂

Successful people consistently dedicate time to meditate, exercise and disconnect. Surfing provides all of that including nature. Surfing has been a critical component of how I deal with stress. After every surf session, I feel more relaxed, I feel accomplished, I feel stoked. That natural stoke follows me throughout the day and sometimes into the next morning. If you haven’t tried surfing and are dealing with high levels of stress, grab a surfboard, buy a lesson and give it a shot! I promise you, you’ll learn something about yourself and you’ll have no trouble sleeping that night. Let me know what you think and if you agree.

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First Day of Winter Swell at The Bull, El Porto, Los Angeles

It’s been almost a year since I blogged. I’m happy you stuck with me while I’ve been busy getting acclimated to Los Angeles. Last year, I moved to Long Beach (long story short, there was no surf in the good ol’ LBC, I’ll save it for a different blog). But now, I’m happy to say, I’ve been surfing quite nicely throughout the summer and same is true while living in Long Beach.

For my first blog back here’s some eye candy of my home break, El Porto (pumping!).

You can expect a consistent flow of new content since I’ve been side tracked. Back on the saddle, then. Can’t wait to tell you what I’ve discovered and rediscovered during this past year.

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Bali – where I left my heart.

I am not going to deny it. I fell in love in Bali. I fell in love with Bali. I love Bali. Back in Los Angeles I continue to think about her. I guess that’s when you know you’re in love. I’ve tried to shake it off. I’ve tried to explain it to myself that LA is my true love. But so is Bali…

I guess being in love isn’t a bad thing. Better to love than not to love at all.

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Here are some pictures to help me explain why Bali is my love…and why I think about her daily.

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That one time I bought a girls shirt and looked super gay. I crack myself up.

I hope to see you soon. See ya in the line up!

2017. What a year.

Starting this blog I simply wanted to capture the daily surf lifestyle in the San Francisco Bay Area scene and thought it would be fun to document my experiences at different beach breaks. I never thought anyone would find it. Saying that, I never thought about being a photographer which is my 2nd passion after surfing, of course.

Reflecting back, this year was a well accomplished one, I have to admit. It was my best and biggest year yet, professionally and personally. I believe everything is based on timing. Like surfing, you have to wait for the best time to paddle out so you don’t needlessly exert energy or get caught on the inside where the sets are breaking.

I was at a cross roads on whether I wanted to continue blogging or documenting my experiences. But this is more than enough to tell me to keep going. Thank you again for following and your continued support and encouragement. I get so much joy from surfing and being in nature. I get even more joy paying it forward. Happy New Year! 

Been a minute…

Hey guys, thanks for subscribing! My bad it’s been awhile. But I’ve lost another GoPro and it’s getting a bit expensive losing equipment while generating no revenue for this blog. Any way, I am preparing to live out a dream soon. Hopefully, I’ll be able to capture the experience to share with the world. But in any case, I’m livin’ it.

Here’s the latest pic. I’m hoping to share once I have everything lined up to limit cost. Hope you’re well.

– TD

You’ve got me reelin’

One of the very reasons why I started this blog was a way to channel my emotions. Music, photography, surfing it’s all about bringing out emotion. I always feel the same emotion when I’m sifting through my blog, like I was there at that very moment.

Emotions are strong and they can be devastating if you don’t know how to channel them in the right way. That’s why music and photography can be so profound. Music helped get me through some really tough times. Photography reminded me where I came from and why it’s important to continue moving forward. But surfing, essentially allowed me to find my way.

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Needle on my compass is spinning
Imagination is winning
Can’t get my head right
I get the feeling that I can’t get back
Night driving, no headlights
you’ve got your reasons
And I know you’ve got your seasons
But I keep getting lost with you
But something in the way ya turned your back makes me wanna try to push through

Everything I’ve done since starting my Instagram helped me heal. It helped me find my purpose.

Today, Tomorrow, It’s Always Worth Living

Okay, okay, this might be somewhat of a rant. So my bad, just need to put it out there.

We’ve all lost battles, but never the war. It just bothers me that some people are cowards and never want to own up to their actions or responsibilities. This can be people in and out of the water.

But I’m talking about people in general, surfer or not. Be grateful you’re alive. It’s never over unless you throw in the towel. I guess that’s one thing I like about surfing, it’s a passion and gives you something to look forward to when you’re having a rough day.

Recently, I’ve seen some loved ones throw it all away. Not sure why they decided to end it… It’s a damn shame. If you’re still breathing, there’s always a chance.

If you don’t like who you are today, you can change tomorrow. Better yet, you can change now. You can make better decisions. You can always make a difference in someone else’s life or your own, starting now.

Whatever hardship I go through, I know I’ll make it back in the water.

If you know anyone that is suicidal, please help them. A simple conversation can make a big difference.

Here’s information on how to get help. People care.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24 x 7 chat and phone access to counselors.

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