a.k.a. New Zealand Man (with the undies on the outside like all true superheroes)
a.k.a. Captain Shower
For those of you who don’t know me I am the First Mate aboard the intrepid “Natural Mystic.” My duties include, but are not limited to, sailing, surfing, sleeping, eating, #$@^ing, and I like to think I do these reasonably well.I hail from the small Aotearoa (New Zealand in Maori) town of Nelson, whose majestic mountains, fresh rivers, and fertile plains surround our secluded haven of Tasman Bay.
It was here among the golden beaches of the Abel Tasman and the maze-like fiords of Malborough Sounds that I learned to sail (thanks Dad) and surf (thanks Josh big bro) and so began my love affair with the ocean, a mistress I have sworn never to live without (so I’ll never live in The Congo, Switzerland, or Mongolia). I’m no pro, but Surfing is a great passion of mine, and my stoke shows no sign of waning. If the surf’s up I’m typically the one rattling around at 4:30am making coffee and shouting at people to hit it at first light.
I used to be a scientist until I got itchy feet watching the world go by my laboratory window and packed it in to begin a new life of surfing and adventure, which brought me at length into the world of sailing.
I came into contact with the “Natty M” at Saint Martin in the Caribbean. I surfed with Kyber at Cupecoy during the swell of the year which had the island in a state of crisis. Roads washed out, Marinas evacuated, and lunatic French Gendarmes arresting people for trying to surf. I saw Kyber ripping but did not know who he was.
Lucky for me Kyber was on the hunt for a new first-mate who could sail and surf and was prepared to take a year or so out of life to go cruise and explore. He tracked me down with the help of Dizzy, Naomi, and my famous handle-bar moustache that would put entire motorcycle gangs to shame. It was a no-brainer and the next thing you know we are en-route to Panama and the wild blue yonder.
Since then it has been a fantastic adventure that I give thanks for everyday for being able to participate in and contribute to. If I can just break my habit of breaking surfboards I hope to be able to continue for sometime yet.
If you are reading this then please leave a comment, I would love to know who’s out there nosy-parking into my life. And if you are cute (and female) just leave your name and number…
Lots of aroha (love) and mana (inner strength) to everyone, the folks back home, the multitudes of awesome people I have met the world over, you keep this planet full of light and laughter.
K a h l i l