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BearsWave of the Week # 6 Fuel TVs “Clean Break” Episode 6

Hawaiian:”Kulia i ka nu’u”

“Strive for the Summit”

There are two types of summits that Hawaiians challenge. There is the summit of great volcanoes and there are the summits of great waves. The height of some of the mountains in Hawaii are so high that some of the best telescopes in the world are positioned there. But these mountains are higher than you may think. Mauna Kea rises nearly 14,000 feet from sea level but rises a total of 33,000 from the sea floor. making it much higher than Mount Everest. Like an iceberg there is more below the surface of the water than above. It more deep than it is high.

Like it’s Mountain peaks, Hawaii has some of the highest surfable waves in the world too, but those who ride them, start by first going deep. We train by deep diving, some train to swim down more than a hundred feet holding their breath. Or we dive down 20 feet and pick up a rock to hold us down and run with it. Crazy Todd Robertson asks “Imagine how hard it would be to hold your breath while sprinting for a hundred yards.” If you can do this, you may be ready to go to the summit of big waves. You go high by first going deep.

You can tell how tall a building is going to be by how deep they dig the foundation. So it is that Luke, Chase and Steven challenged themselves on the summits of big mountains and waves. In so doing, though, they had to first go deep.

How can you train for your “Clean Break”, for your own summit. What do you choose to do to go deep, to prepare you to scale the challenging mountains in your life that you choose for yourself or that that in some cases life chooses for you?

Bear Woznick

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BearsWave of the Week # 5 Fuel TVs “Clean Break” Episode 5

Hawaiian: “A ‘one Hana nui ka alu’ia”

“No task is too big when done together”

Four people paddle down the face of a big fifteen foot wave, each pulling hard in perfect rhythm with each other in the canoe. They lean forward then, pull back the paddle using their core, legs and upper body strength. If they get in the wave late, the canoe will pearl (nose dive) or huli (flip over). They are a team; totally committed; totally as one going big.

A man and a woman on the same surfboard paddle hard down the face of a wave. She rolls her shoulders forward to reach further to pull reach and pull through the water as the wave face falls out beneath them. Suddenly the nose tips and they are dropping in. They get up as one person. She leans against him as he grabs one of her ankles and the small of her back as she grabs that same wrist. She jumps high up into a back arch as he lifts her with all his might fully extending his arm above his hand as they surf the hollow wave.

“No task is too big when done together.” We each do our job and when needed encourage the other or even adjust to help the other. Two are much stronger and much more capable than one at accomplishing a task. Besides that it is much more thrilling when you can share a quest, a challenge, with people you love and respect.

Steve, Luke and Chase bonded through the days of their “Clean Break” and because of this they each experienced break-throughs. What teams are you a part of? How can you paddle more strongly and in rhythm with them?

Bear Woznick

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BearsWave of the Week # 4 Episode 4-Fuel Tv’s “Clean Break”

Hawaiian:

“Lawe i ka ma’alea a ku’ono’ono”

“Acquire a skill and make it deep”

Over time a real surfer acquires knowledge of tides, ocean floors and swell direction. A surfer can look at pictures of probably over a hundred different waves and without any land in the image or surfers on the wave he knows what wave that is. The Waimea shore break that is featured on some of Shick Hydro’s advertising (Clean Break’s sponsor) is instantly recognizable to any true surfer.

A surfer can go to sleep at night and look out his window at the phase of the moon and know when the tide will turn from low tide to high the next day and push a little more energy into the waves. He may be sitting in a board meeting and glance out the window at the wind through the trees and know just where the wind is blowing offshore and sculpting waves into perfect barrels.

He can look at a board and know where that board is meant to be surfed and how the owner of that board likes to surf. He can see a new swell rising from a new direction and senses when an old swell is fading.

He knows the difference between a point break, shore break, beach break and reef break. He swims beneath the surface to explore the ocean bottom contours and understand why waves at some spots form hollow bowls, while other wave run in long lines.

Mastery requires us to go deep not wide. Mastery is a lifetime pursuit. Pursuing mastery does not come from commitment at all. It comes from something deeper. It comes from searching our soul and letting our soul run with its passion. It is simply paddling in and riding the waves that flow within our hearts.

The surfs up! What area of life are you drawn to seek mastery in?

Bear Woznick

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BearsWave of the Week Blog # 3 Episode 3 Fuel TV’s “Clean Break”

Hawaiian: “He lawai’a no Ke Kai papa’u, he polo eke aho; he lawai’a no ke Kai”

“A fisherman of shallow seas uses only a short line; a fisherman of the deep sea uses a long line”

Early sailors to the islands climbed the peak that frames Waikiki and found quartz-like crystals. They mistakenly believed them to contain Diamonds and in their excited folly gave that cinder cone the name Diamond Head.

How often do we fall into the trap of mistaking the bling-bling and trappings of the world to be of real value? We cling to temporal values that hold no worth at all. We pursue vain glory and things that will never satisfy but only leave us feeling empty.

The Hawaiian name for that same peak is “Leahi.” It means a big “mahi mahi” or tuna. Its the kind you can only catch if you are patiently committed to fish deep. If you look at that peak from my house in Waikiki you will see it looks like a big fish. It is the kind of fish only long lines cast into the deep sea beyond the reef can catch.

Just like Luke, Chase and Steve as they climbed the rocky cliff in “Clean Break” week number three, when we stand on the edge of a precipice like Leahi and look out to the depth of the sea, we realize that, though everything on the land is constantly changing, the sea is changeless. As we throw out our long lines into our own souls what lasting values, deep within us, do we want to draw out?

What is one thing in your life that you value as much as life itself?

Bear Woznick

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BearsWave Of the Week for Fuel TV’s “Clean Break” Episode 2

Hawaiian: “E ho’a’o no I pau kuhihewa”
“Try it to end the panic”

At the beginning of each big wave winter, “Clean Break” cast member Crazy Todd Robertson paddles into the first twenty five foot face of the season and, as he is about to drop in, instead of getting to his feet and surfing away from danger he steps up and leaps into the pit facing all of his fear in an act of total commitment of letting go.

In this weeks “Clean Break”‘, Chase turned ghost white as he faced his fear of jumping out of a plane from 15,000 feet. As a father his concerns rested on his young family more than fear for his own well being.

Many of us are so afraid to fail or to die that we never truly live. We never step out of our comfort zone and so are dead already. If we are not failing at something we are not taking risks. If we are not taking risks we have stopped growing. If we are not growing we are dead.

Think about what fear of failure you may be avoiding now. Determine to be bold and go for it. Feel your palms. Are they a little bit moist? Is your heart beating a little fast? just like Chase, means you are really going to do it. You are going to “Try it to end the panic!” Facing your fear becomes a rush. It sets you free.

Comment back to us about what you are going to do to step our of your comfort zone. What is the wave face you are about to dive off?

Go for it!

Bear Woznick

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BearsWave Of the Week #1 for Fuel TV’s “Clean Break” Episode 1

Episode 1

Hawaiian: “O ka makapo wale no ka mea hapapa I ka pouli”

 

“Only the blind grope in the darkness”

 

The most radical thing you can do in life is to be true to yourself. But how can we be true if we have no inner guiding light; when we cannot see into the depth of our soul?

 

In the fast paced world of the “next thing” and “bigger better”, when technological advances cause the deepest part of our soul to retreat, when we mistake motion for progress and replace satisfaction and contentment with hurry and worry, we need a time out. We need a “Clean Break.”

 

We need something that takes us to the breaking point of our endurance and courage for it only at the level where our spirit and soul meet that we discover the end of our selves. It is only at that place, when we have really plumbed the depth of our souls, that we find our deepest self and we experience a break through into the deepest part of our heart on the threshold of all that we are meant to be.

 

It is here that the inner light bursts out shining as a beacon illuminating the true treasure of our hearts that we find the courage to pursue our deepest desires.

 

Let us know what question you are seek the to answer as you pursue your own quest in these weeks to come?

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