1. Standard Sunday Afternoon Swims… @newportbeachlifeguard

     
  2. Single Fin Sundays Surf Club… Requirements: must be willing to have a fun time… @erica__swanson @gregoryswanson @andjake @eveline_vanbrande #twofeetandfiring

     
  3. Weekend Projects…

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  4. Managed to wake up for a sunrise session with @gregoryswanson and @trevorj123 this morning…

     
  5. This has been an interesting past few months… I have been putting myself through the fire academy, while working on the weekends, with the continuous and unbelievable support of my wife and family.

    I’ve learned a lot more than I ever expected to get out of this experience. The friendships I’ve developed, the basic concepts and duties of the fire service, as well as the intrinsic values that are instilled in recruits. We’ve learned the importance of humility, integrity, and respect.

    Every generation looks at new ways to do things and improve on the old teachings, but equally of importance is recognizing and adhering to the anchor of tradition that holds us steadfast in troubling times. This is a concept that the fire service holds onto, and as I understand now, for very good reasons.

    Though they are seemingly endless days, and sometimes sleepless nights, I keep one particular paragraph in mind to get me through the week… “Everyday do more than is required.
    What is the difference between those who consistently achieve their goals and those who spend their lives and career merely following?
    The extra mile.”

     
  6. Such a fast paced day at the fire academy learning about Forced Entry… Working with various cutting methods with circular saws and such… #bfa166

     
  7. Take your pick…

     
  8. Lunchtime Swims…

     
  9. Not the worst way to spend a Saturday on one of the hottest days of the year… @newportbeachlifeguard #ckth (at The Wedge)

     
  10. Got a quick Saturday morning surf session before working Wedge today… @matuseinc @almondsurfboards #lovematuse #ckth

     
  11. When I first started lifeguarding 8 years ago, I never knew how much it would impact me and the lifestyle I would live. There’s a special feeling that all emergency responders feel responding to a call, whether it’s at the beach or on an ambulance or on a fire truck/engine, I’m happiest when helping others… As I transition over to the Fire Dept. side of emergency response, today had some somber vibes to it at the academy, 9/11 is something we’ll never forget and it’s an event that brought us all closer together. I can only hope to have the same courage and selflessness that those 343 firefighter on that horrific morning, and Ben Carlson this past summer showed, giving their lives so that others may live…

     
  12. Doing a hot lap on Newport Beach Lifeguard boat Seawatch…

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  13. So stoked to see my first photo print on a surf shop! Thanks for everything @dyerbrand @madsonofamerica for making this happen… Yew!

     
  14. Evening sessions…

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  15. Managed to fit in a quick bodysurf session on my lunch break… #makesummercount #lovematuse @newportbeachlifeguard @matuseinc @tusegoose