Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

My first body surfing video – adventures in the sea

Here’s my first body surfing video. It’s not very good as there’s only a few bits of genuine body surfing footage. However, I chose to upload the video to act as a benchmark towards improvement in a new venue of video making opportunity. Here are a few of things I learned while shooting this video:

1. Make friends with the body surfers and ask their permission to film. Everyone I spoke with in the water was quite happy to let me record their activity, though it wasn’t until I was nearly done that I realized the guys would have been comfortable letting me get in closer for the shot.

2. Use muscle memory to complete the shot. Usually the wave envelopes my head before it covers the camera and I need to train myself to let the arm keep on working after the head has gone under water. The best shot of this video (used in the thumbnail) was gained using this obvious technique.

3. Try to capture the ambiance and atmosphere of the experience. There’s a lot going on out there besides body surfing. Record the larger experience, including what’s going on underwater. Today there was one body surfer who was catching waves beneath the surface. I didn’t think to try to capture his take offs which must have been amazing from below the surface.


My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have taken some time to share a little of the experience of life with me. I’m available on social media at the links below and can be reached via email at dinnerbytheriver@gmail.com.

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The Path of WildnessThe Path of Wildness is easy to find
The course of a stream
Leaves blown in the wind
A beast’s track through the brush
And the direction of our first inclination

The Path of Wildness is an answer and response to a prescribed way of life which may leave some individuals with a sense that their living is little more than a series of pre-determined, step-like episodes between birth and death. The stages of living between these events: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, parenthood and senior are themselves natural and in accord with the needs of the species and most individuals. Many find their satisfaction in living this course and to these individuals I have little or nothing to say. Others though long for something more; something innate, genetic and seemingly calling. Adventure and change can give a degree of satisfaction and relief yet even these may seem too tame. To those who feel drawn to something beyond the entertainment and stimulation of senses I offer a walk along The Path of Wildness. Don’t bother penciling the event in your schedule, preparing a pack with goodies and supplies or even inviting a friend along, for this experience is along the course of your first inclination and you must surely always go alone.

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