Well, what a trip. This year, a crew of 3 from Encinitas chapter went down to the Dominican Republic to help with the second annual Christian Surfers Dominican Republic Surf Contest and missions work. We were blessed to be able to bring down 6 surfboards to leave in the DR (from some generous friends and Steve Ford of Ford Surfboards), a whole slew of swag from Jedidiah and Quiksilver, trophies, surf wax, and more. Thanks so much to everyone who donated, it was amazing support. When we got down to the DR Surf adventures house (thanks again Allan and Bryan!), we met up with Dustin Miller, one of the raddest dude-tastic bros we have the pleasure of knowing down in the DR. The week proceeded to be full of great experiences, getting plugged-in to some local churches, the CS DR chapter, school programs, medical clinic, work and fun with the Haslett family's Ninos de la Luz ministry for street children, and all preparations/running the contest. What a blessing to be part of it all. It was great to see some familiar faces as well as make a bunch of new friends. The contest had some sketchy weather on the horizon for first day, but as things materialized we knew it was going to be great. There was a great kick off event for registration, I was able to play a little benefit show at the Aloha Surf Cafe in Cabarete, and the waves and weather hit perfect for the final day of the contest. Thanks to everyone for the prayers and support. The trip and the contest were awesome. Looking forward to next year! Check out the video recap to see it all for yourself! More videos from the show and surfing coming soon. Stay tuned.
There's been lots going on here the past few months. New songwriting, shows at rock climbing gyms, outdoor adventures, and good times with friends and family. Here is a little taste of the fun. To answer your questions about the video. Yes, I backpacked a guitar down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Yes, and back up to the top. Yes, it was worth it. The video is sped up to make me sound like the chipmunks. Why? Well I guess I thought it was much funnier that way. If it's your birthday, this song is dedicated to you. :) Talk to you soon!
Wow. The Dominican Republic trip exceeded expectations and was an incredible experience. The Christian Surfers' sponsored contest was a huge success with fun waves and an incredible turnout. Great to meet a bunch of fellow Christian Surfers members from Florida chapters as well as get involved with the local community in the Sosua and Cabarete areas of the DR. Had the chance to play with the local worship band at Dustin Miller's home church. They really rocked and we had the chance to play for a while after the service was over. Guitar lessons, surf lessons, baseball, and other antics made up most of the time spent with the local children and orphans of the community. Beach clean-ups, events, and help at a local medical clinic were also part of the trip. In the days off, we ventured throughout the north coast of the island and explored some pretty incredible beaches, scenery, food, and culture. Great times with wonderful new friends in an incredible community! I am extremely thankful for the opportunity. Check out photos on the facebook page soon. There are a few below for a preview!
Headed to the Dominican Republic this week to help out with a Christian Surfers contest and local community support. There is also the opportunity to work with a local music program and hopefully get some surfing in myself! I am really excited for the trip, hoping it will be a wonderful experience with the community. Looking forward to meeting up with buddy Dustin Miller and company. Will have lots to share upon returning. In the meantime, check out Dustin's mission and blog:
P.S. Check out a shot from the most recent climbing trip to Red Rocks Canyon in Nevada. Amazing scenery.
Pursuing passions and appreciating the joys and blessings of life. I have been given so much, I'd like to use music as an avenue to give back.