Mickey Smith BBC Video Surfing Wildnerness

This beautiful video from Mickey Smith shows some stunning scenery from Co. Clare Ireland. I’ve seen some of these cliffs from land and they are impressive. Mickey’s comment, which transcends the video itself is about the nature of going to sea, and of surfing itself. The comment @ time segment 4:35 on is what makes paddling, paddle surfing, and our lives worth living.

“You learn good lessons from putting yourself in these situations beyond your control. You can’t help but be humbled by that. It’s good for you. It’s good for you to be taken out of thinking you’re in control of your life and put into a situation where you’re not.”

Surrendering to the notion that you control anything is the way to finally be at peace. As someone who often struggles while on land, like our friend Mr. Jack Aubrey, I can tell you that surfing, and being out in an environment such as a storm on the Great Lakes opens your eyes to what is important.