The ‘art of freestyle’ is best
Written by Georgina Read
The ocean is the most powerful thing in the world. It’s where you challenge yourself. You want to be as aware and in tune as you possibly can. Aware of what’s coming, and in tune with the now, but patience is key. To have to wait for something is what we all need. So, slow down and you’ll see a whole lot more. A lesson that our latest explorer knows only too well.
Meet David Dixon…
A young Bournemouth man with a look in his eye that’s as charmingly wild as his vagabond locks. A bodyboarder whose passion began at the tender age of twelve, his brother-in-law slinging a wet wetsuit onto his duvet, long before the sun itself had risen from its slumber. A voiceless command that said, ‘the surf is on and we’re going out’.
Family holidays meant weekends spent getting slammed in the surf of Cornwall, creating wounds alongside memories that he now holds as the earliest and some of his most cherished. These British based adventures and further long haul trips to Toronto with his Father, ignited a bug that revealed a world full of adventure to his young bones. The planet became his classroom and the ocean a vital element to his being. He has since learnt that the earth provides and the ocean does too, leading the philosophy behind his stoke to be much like ours - all about the emotion it evokes, the people we meet and the lessons we learn.
But despite being a veteran explorer, David has experienced the unpredictable and uncontrollable traits of travelling too - hitchhiking to a non-existent ferry port, stoney-faced Fijian sailors and uninsured hospital stays are amongst just a few of his tales. Still, ever the optimist and a true envoy of Aloha, David continues to make home not in one place, but amid a seasonal passage to the happiest waves of his life in Indonesia, embracing the barrels of Padang Padang, and now on to Nicaragua. A solo surf and meditation trip with an objective, in his words, ‘to be surfing Pacific Juice alone at sunrise on his birthday.’ A feet he will no doubt embrace with an enthusiastic paddle out and a grin to make even the Cheshire Cat envious.
He is as much a son of nowhere as he is comfortable everywhere. Whether looking down upon the bone white coral reef or navigating through a simplistic life in harmony with nature, David’s sunny magnetism attracts people the world over. A poet and a musician, with an MA in Applied Imagination, his mind spins, a whirling dervish continuously conjuring expeditions, adventures and plans to tread paths untrodden. And, whilst these stories are romantic and enchanting on paper, they are not scribed without blood, sweat, tears and a little more of all of the above. Cleaning toilets, soul destroying hours banking Barclays cheques, and long days that run into late nights managing various bars and restaurants, have got David from island to island, and back again. So, if you’re sat at home reading this tale of a man called David Dixon, telling yourself you’ll never be able to surf remote islands in Japan or wherever it is your dreams are enticing you, you absolutely, indefinitely and most certainly can. It will hurt, you will hate it, and you probably will have to mop up sick at some point, but know that it will all be worth it. Spinning coins and working to pay for the next chapter of adventure is a way of life that will pay you back, and then some. And on that note, we leave you with David’s motto…