Paddle Out for Sam Salmond

Here we go again...  As we made our way down to Geraldton, my mate Bryce and I were reflecting on Sam and how we couldn't believe he is gone, when Bryce made a comment.  He said that in his whole life he had never had a friend or any one pass away until the last year or so.  And since then it's seems to be never ending.  I really can relate to every thing he said.  So many good people are being taken from us way too early.  We will never forget these people and all they did and could have done with just a little more time.  The only thing we can do is try to remember these people the best we can and live the rest of our time on this planet to the fullest.  You never know when your time is up.

  Sam Salmond was one of the first people I met when I moved to Geraldton 10 years ago.  I got straight off the plane and ended up at dinner at Sam's place with his family, my aunt and uncle.  Sam was an amazing character that made me feel welcome straight away.  I saw Sam quite often around town and he would always greet everyone with a huge smile.  I would often stroll into Corner Surf after a big night, bare foot and looking for a new pair of sunnies and thongs, and Sam and I would always have a good laugh as he helped me put the pieces back together.  

  When I first started shooting photos I had no idea what I was doing.  I still would say that I barely have a clue but I have definitely come along way since the beginning.  Back then Sam was the first person to buy a photo off of  me.  It was a photo of Shaun Howe switch foot in a tiny barrel.  I didn't really know what he was going to do with it but he ended up blowing it up huge and putting it on the window outside his shop.  I was beyond stoked!  I don't think Sam realised at the time but he sparked something in me.  The feeling I got from seeing my image out in public for every one to enjoy really made me feel amazing.  I wanted to get better and better at taking photos so I could get that feeling more and more.  I really couldn't have a accomplished any of the things I have done with out that little push that Sam once gave me.  Thanks so much Sam Salmond.  You will be sorely missed but never forgotten.

  The paddle out today was amazing!!!  There had to be over 1000 people in attendance.  It looked like the most crowded day ever at the Super Bank.  People from all over WA showed up to honour a true Aussie legend.  Sam would have been shocked to see the turn out!!!  Such a great day.  I just really hope we don't have to do another one of these paddle outs for a long time.  

Here is the link with all the photos from the day.  you will need to be on a laptop or desktop to download this file.  it will not download on to your p[hone or iPad.  Thanks  Mike  

 

Click the link below to download all photos from the paddle out

http://we.tl/XoOLytDWng

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