"...the rising birth
of nature from the unapparent deep"
Last night, in the light of burning torches, with manta rays circling in the shallows, we spoke of paradise:
Larry Neu, our pilot: "Paradise is somewhere you can go and not worry about your problems at home - nice people, nice sunsets, and the opportunity to do whatever you want without having anyone to report to - Yes, paradise in the Pacific, not bad."
Jim Maragos: "Where you wake up happy and you go to bed content...Paradise is in your mind, yeah? I've never really thought about it before."
Yvon Chouinard: "Paradise -" he smiles. "Perfect wave. Perfect break point. 6 - 8 feet high with a bonefish flat point next to it."
Russell Sparkman: (While he is passing out "Lawrence of Palmyra" hats) "Wherever I happen to be at the moment where I am content and unfettered - especially when I'm doing this work. I love this work."
Daria Siciliano: "Hovering in the water with manta rays and sharks and 150 foot visibility."
Michael Zilber: "Give me a day - "
Brooke Williams: "When I'm in a wild place that demands every kilowatt of my brain capacity and there is no room left to think about the past or the future."
Jeff Foott: "Right here on Earth...a series of linked emotions brought on by lush, exotic vegetation. Right here, this moment."
Franklin Viola: "One definition? I'm not sure I've ever found it - Paradise must be ultimate peace."