Sunlight Dance | An Ode To The Changing of Seasons

Sunlight Dance | An Ode To Changing Seasons

As winter reaches its end, days once again begin to lengthen, and I feel the sun of renewal upon my face.

On this morning the line-up is bare, not unlike the trees stripped of their glorious leaves.

Winter’s final swell is small, clean, warm, and spacious.

It’s a humble farewell, from an oftentimes raw and unforgiving stage in nature’s cyclical routine.

As I watch the sunlight dance upon the ocean’s surface like countless gems, I feel alive.

I’m present, my mind is silent, I feel pure.

Deeply inhaling, I feel the crisp air enter my nostrils and fill my lungs.

I exhale, in gratitude for another morning spent playing in the sea.

The deep blues and emerald green tones of the water, utterances of the warmer seasons to come.

In the ocean I witness another winter come to pass, as I continue to ride the waves of perpetual change.

Surfcraft: Trimcraft 7′ Re-Bowls | Design: Ryan Lovelace | Hand shaped by John Oppito

Surfer|Words: Shawn Zappo
Film|Edit: Kevin Doherty

Production: Surf & Abide and @njsurfvideo

Filmed: Somewhere in Monmouth County, NJ
4.16.2019

Music: Pink Floyd “A Pillow of Winds” from the album entitled “Meddle” 1971


“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens

“When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then, winter, will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring.” – Madeleine M. Kunin

“Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.” – Pietro Aretino

“Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.” – Elizabeth Bowen

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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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