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Nic Manshon

Hi, I’m Nic Manshon. Creativity, for me, started back when I was drawing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and entering Mother’s Day competitions for KTV. I always loved art as a kid and did it as a subject throughout my schooling career.  If I were to be totally honest, I never saw a career in creativity in high school, even though art was my highest marked subject.  Hence, I went to study personal training straight after high school and thereafter worked for Virgin Active for a while. Soon enough I realized that it wasn’t for me. Nonetheless, I believe nothing is lost with learning. After having these feelings to change my career, I started exploring creativity again. That was a good choice! The journey started out at CPUT, studying industrial design and serving at a local church, heading up the media department. After that, I got a scholarship for digital filmmaking at SAE. I never received a scholarship before so I was super stoked to do the course, not rea

Ricky Basnett

"I finally feel like I'm in a place where I am comfortable in myself and what I am doing with my life. I I often have to pinch myself, being a paid freesurfer (thank you RVCA) and getting to shape some rad Shaka Sleds out my garage on the side seems too good to be true. I have an amazing wife, the most beautiful daughter and have somehow managed to lay down roots in picturesque St Francis Bay, surfers heaven...

I constantly have to remind myself, and be grateful for these things, because I know how fast it can all be taken away. I know very well that I have demons inside that are never going to leave me, that would love to come back and say hi and watch everything crumble again. The cool thing is I'm learning each day how to make peace with those demons. Meditation has played a massive role in that, and although I still suck at it I'm trying to get better. I'm living as much as I can in the present, trying to be the best father and husband I can be, and being ok with all the mistakes I'm making along the way.

I think more than anything else though I just want to create. Every day I'm trying to think of something new I can fill my time with.. Whether it be dreaming up an interesting new surfboard design, drawing a different line on a wave, making a piece of furniture or even cooking something badass in the kitchen, I'm happiest when trying a fresh take on things. 

I don't actually have any real goals, I have no idea where I'm going to be in 5 years time, let alone 5 days time, and I'm happy with that. The only thing I know for sure is that life is gonna give me the experience I need to grow as a person, that if I am able to stay on a good path then everything will work out just fine, and that nothing lasts forever so I better enjoy it while I can.. I'm almost two years sober now, f#$k yeah!"

Shred till ya Dead

Ricky Bobby

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