Soft Top Revolution: “FREE YOURSELF” Episode 1



“A really meditative person is playful; life is fun for him, life is a leela, a play. He enjoys it tremendously. He is not serious. He is relaxed.” -Osho

I have written quite a good amount about surfing over the last few years and more often than not my writings lean toward the esoteric and the more profound aspects of the surfing experience. Now although I personally find the deeper mystery of the wave riding pursuit to be of the utmost interest at this point in my journey, I know I would not still be surfing if it wasn’t heaps of childlike fun. Fun is what got me in the water, fun is what keeps me paddling out almost 30 years later, and fun will have me catching waves until my body will no longer allow me to do so.

At home in New Jersey the impending summer can bring about visions of small, weak, and shitty surf. It’s not always the case, in fact the last few summers I surfed almost every day and with the right boards there’s almost always a good time to be had. Being in the ocean and catching waves is in and of itself such an amazing activity to be able to take part in, but I think we tend to take the act of surfing for granted and put a lot of emphasis on the conditions and how we’re surfing. Sometimes we need to just stop taking ourselves so seriously, throw caution and “coolness” to the wind, and just have a go at the simple joy of having uninhibited fun.

Filmmaker Jack Coleman has put together a bunch of short film edits of guys just having a blast on softops. So when the surf is less than exceptional, grab a foamie, catch a few, and relish the smile that comes across your face. Have FUN!

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Growing up in New Jersey, Shawn discovered and quickly immersed himself in the sub-culture of surfing and skateboarding in the mid 80’s. With a diverse and eclectic background, Shawn has walked the path of a competitive surfer, Hare Krsna monk, action sports industry player in NYC, DIY theology and religions major, and a touring punk rock musician. Now a father and self-proclaimed seeker of the “soul” of surfing, Shawn enjoys sessions with friends at uncrowded peaks along his home state’s shoreline and writing about his surf related experiences.

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