When we first hatched the plan to start Sea Stoke, we didn’t have an idea what we were getting ourselves into, as the concept of putting together an online publication was completely foreign to us. Nonetheless, we decided to dive headfirst into the challenge, armed with our love of the ocean, tenacity and willingness to give it a crack, regardless of the outcome. Naturally, some thoughts that came to mind that at the prospect of embarking on our mission. Will we be able to pull it off? Will people dig it? Will it be able to stand out amongst the other independent publications out there? Despite these thoughts, it was the overruling thought, what if we can make something really rad to share with the good folk around the world that inevitably spurred us into action. And we haven’t looked back.
Along the way, we’ve recruited a heap of amazing designers, writers, photographers, artists and other good peeps who’ve had faith in our project and have been keen to join us for the journey. We’re still constantly learning more about what it takes to put together interesting and original content, but we are truly loving the experience so far and will continue in our mission to get people stoked.
In this issue, we tip our hats to some rad folk who share their stories about their personal plunge-taking experiences. Filmmakers, surfers, explorers, artists, humanitarians. All of which made a decision to embark on something ambitious, quite possibly out of their snug ol’ comfort zone to follow their aspirations and dreams. Jumping into the unknown is never an easy thing to do, and I’m sure we’re all guilty of holding back at some stage in our lives, but as Einstein once put it, “A ship is always safe at the shore—but that is NOT what it is built for.” Life is about risk taking. It’s about diving into the unfamiliar, not knowing where you might end up, but being able to gain something from the experience and look back to tell the tale at the end of it. If you’ve had a burning desire to do something, but haven’t done it for fear of it not turning out as planned—be bold, be adventurous. Get amongst something that is out of your comfort zone. Take the plunge, you never know where it might lead you.
Background photo by Jean Paul Molyneux