Being in the OCEAN on your own is so exhilarating, you become so aware of your surroundings, you hear every single sound, your senses come alive and your body syncs with the movement of the Stand-up paddle board. Fish jump in your pathway, and all thoughts you had before you got in the water are left on land.

Porto, home of the DOURO, our place of tranquility and peace, a space where you can enjoy what life has to offer, is a Stand-up paddle boarding dream location.

An added advantage of the sport is it certainly burns a few calories!!!!

My boards are INFLATABLE, – so they easy to transport to the beach or river, it takes about 2 minutes of effort to fully inflate, my suggestion is buy a good pump.

The boards cost EURO 500,00, worth every penny if they not just going to be put in the garage to gather dust but be used.

I must say I have newfound respect for my friend and champion Chris Bertish who’s film we release early in August, who crossed the Atlantic Ocean unsupported on a paddle board, – I get exhausted paddling in strong winds on the river, its hard to imagine the stress you go through when you add waves and total isolation.

The world of Film Production has so many voices, so many opinions and so many struggles, it is therefore healthy to find an outlet to be ‘normal’ to find peace and solitude and recharge to give you the strength to fight the next battle. This is where a sport or an interest outside work is so important.

It’s so easy not to go for that morning run, or gym session or walk along the beach, we find a million excuses. No matter the conditions my daily rule has been ride the bike or go into the ocean. The exhilaration of this freedom lifts your spirits and you feel so good about yourself and life.

Time is the one thing we cannot buy or replace, once you’ve spent it thats it!

“If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you about to do today” – STEVE JOBS 1955-2011

Bruce Mac from Porto – The City of Angels

Published by brucemacdirector

Telling meaningful stories whether they shorts or features is what gets me out of bed every day. Passionate about those captured in slavery. Biographical films (The Perfect wave with Scott Eastwood) and (Biblical epic Samson with the late Rutger Hauer, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Zane and Taylor James) My recent short films Beat The Curve, Sex Tourism Labour have been awarded best shorts across the globe in 2020.

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