Category: Musing

Living abroad I heard the dumbest things.

Was once asked if by some tourists if they were on the island beside Cuba.  I was sitting on a beach on the pacific side of Costa Rica. The stories get better. One day I am out surfing and chilling on the break waiting for the next set. Tourist – hey!  There’s broccoli floating here! […]

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My Favorite Surfing movies

Patrick’s Top 5 Surfing Movies December 13, 2012 “The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun” – Unknown It’s a cold December morning here in Vancouver, and being unable to snow board with my recent shoulder surgery I find myself thinking about surfing.  And so without much ado, here are my five […]

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Who am I – November 2019

My name is Patrick, and I was born here.  For almost a decade I lived all over the map, including Cental America, Los Angeles (Hermosa Beach and Beverly Hills) and Las Vegas.  The cultures throughout the hemisphere differ so much, but surfers everywhere are the best.  (except those who believe in localism…) Now I find […]

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Tamarindo to Whistler

It’s hard to believe that it has been almost 9 years since I left the warm waters of Costa Rica for the harsh cold of Whistler.  When I left Tamarindo, the temperature was 35c.  In the middle of February, the temperature outside my house in Creekside was -25c.  That’s a 60 degree temperature difference.  Ugh! […]

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Surfing to Snowboarding to Surgery

When I moved from Costa Rica to Whistler, I weighed in at about 215 lbs and was fighting fit.  To put my weight in scale, I am 6’ 0″. Surfing a couple of two hour sessions a day, five times a week minimum had put me into the best shape of my life.  On top of it, […]

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Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and […]

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Surfline’s Best Point Breaks

Guess how many I have been to?  (Patrick Smyth – home breaks Santa Catalina Panama and Tamarindo Costa Rica) Jeffreys Bay Photo: Alan van Gysen When it comes to perfection, matched by high-performance possibilities, few pointbreaks shake a stick at South Africa’s Jeffreys Bay. At its best, the wave is a speeding blur of hollow […]

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Surfing on the break…

“Surfing On The Break” October 3, 2012 Surfing on the Moon Giant breaths are what you takeSurfing on the breakI hope I don’t wipe outSurfing on the breakWe could surf foreverSurfing on the breakWe could live togetherSurfing on, Surfing on the break Surfing back from your houseSurfing on the breakSurfing back from your houseSurfing on the […]

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Looking back to a simpler time

In 1994 I saw a movie that forever changed my life.  Point Break, directed by Kathryn Bigelow who went on to direct K-19: The Widowmaker, The Hurt Locker, and Zero Dark Thirty, is a movie about the chrysalis of a human spirit.  It’s about a man realizing that his life is empty, and finds solace […]

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