goonies never say die

I started surfing because of depression. My Wisconsin painter buddy Dan Attoe claimed rock-climbing salvaged him from a dark mental space — learning something new combined with physical activity. I was already having surf-themed dreams, so on my thirtieth birthday, I treated myself to a board, and braved the frigid waters of the northern Pacific with Justin from Menomena.
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The shot on the right is at Indian Beach, OR — terrible surf conditions that day, but a picturesque cove shared by inquisitive seals and, yes, the GOONIES rocks in the background.

13 thoughts on “goonies never say die

  1. man alive, the photo on the left is pure bliss-
    too bad you can’t condense that feeling into your heart and carry it around all the time

  2. Aw, Ecola state park! I haven’t been there in years… I once found a rock on that beach that was a perfect circle. That beautiful dark stone. I carried it around for months until I lost it.

  3. Surfing sounds like fun ^^ The pictures are really pretty, lucky you !

    And yeah do cheer up, depression is like bad weather, it might last a while but eventually the sun always comes back! And i know what i’m talking about, really!
    Anyway it’s good to see you post lots ^_^

  4. “Learning something new combined with physical activity.” Hmmm… did it work? I mean, did it lift the depression? I can see it working *while* you’re in the water, and maybe for the duration of the day, but what about the rest of the time? Duh, I know you’re not Craig Thompson, M.D., 😉 but I’m now furiously brainstorming what kind of new sport I could learn that’s suited for a semi-sedentary slacker insomniac… Just the idea of it makes me feel a tiny bit better. :)

  5. Hmm… Just looked at the date on the page and realized the slight chance of a response drops to zero when the comment is on a post that’s five years old, heh. Great photos though. And I’m glad if surfing helped you with your depression. Anything that works is worth the effort — actually, the fact that you were motivated enough to get the board and make it to Indian Beach speaks volumes! Cheers! :)

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