Opportune moments…Zak Noyle.
Question for you: have you ever had a defining moment in your life? An instant, so powerful, so transformational, that it becomes a before-and-after moment, forever altering your journey?
Zak is considered one of the best extreme photographers in the world. He currently lives on the island of O’ahu, Hawaii. From an early age, his father, Ric Noyle, also an experienced photographer, encouraged Zak to take up photography. By the time Zak was a freshman at Punahou School, he had already published his works in ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and Transworld Surf. In 2015, at age 25, he was made senior staff photographer of Surfer Magazine and has been actively involved with the magazine since then.
In February of 2016, one of the largest swells to ever hit the North Shore of O’ahu arrived at Waimea Bay, just in time for The Eddie, one of surfing’s most emblematic and traditional big wave riding events in the world.
The Eddie, formerly known as the Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau, was an event which Zak had followed both in and out of the water for some time.
This morning, though, what he would experience would forever change his life, both as a photographer and as a skilled waterman.
As he made his way to the famous bay, reports on how big and massive the swell was getting began to show up in local radio stations. By the time he arrived at Waimea Bay, the waves were so enormous and powerful, local authorities had even considered postponing the event.
But everything was all set up, thousands having come from around the world to watch the event. With the assistance of wave runners, Zak was able to arrive quickly at the lineup.
But the behemoth closeouts forced him and his crew out to the shore on more than one occasion.
The arrival of Kairos…
He decided that the best way not to miss a moment of the event was to swim back to the lineup.
Zak would spend the next eight hours, without food or water, braving waves at times exceeding 50+ feet.
Zak experienced Kairos (pronounced “Kiros”): an ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical, opportune moment. A particular moment when a drastic change takes place.
As Zak explains in his incredible account that day: everyone was saying that it was just too big to go out. He tried hard to remain in his “zone”; and in a moment of Kairos, he made a decision that would change his life forever.
As a result of his courageous decision, Zak was able to take some of the heaviest images ever taken during this legendary event.
Kairos in your life…
Now, in your life, your Kairos moment doesn’t have to be as dramatic or dangerous as Zak’s experience.
Kairos is a very personal affair, and how and when it arrives in our lives is very different for each of us. In fact, you may even experience a few Kairos moments in your life. This is not unheard of.
In my personal journey, I’ve had two such moments: creating my first website and posts, and, another much more personal moment: the passing away of my father.
These particular moments created drastic changes in my life.
Creating my first website, surfsentinel.net, was of particular professional and personal relevance. It got me hooked on blogging and made me an avid learner and creator of digital marketing content.
It was transformational since I finally knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life:
- Putting my writing skills to good use.
- Writing about a subject I am passionate about.
- Sharing this journey with my audience.
- Publish the best content possible.
- Help my audience in any way I can to make their lives happier, balanced and more meaningful.
In regards to my father’s passing, suffice to say that I learned that life is to be lived and enjoyed in the present. His integrity and work ethic will continue to be my daily source of inspiration for years to come.
Have you experienced Kairos? When and where did these moments of drastic change happen to you? What did you learn from them? Please share your thoughts in the comment box below. I read all comments and will gladly answer, share and discuss this fascinating subject with you.
Thank you for reading. Un abrazo!