Point Break and The Ozaki 8

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* May 6, 2016 – Editor’s note – I just wrote a lengthy explanation of the Ozaki 8 trials as they were performed in the movie – and how they might theoretically be done by an extreme athlete.*

Let it be known I am not a fan of the new Point Break. I felt it was dumbed-down, had weak acting and was basically an extended GoPro video with the Point Break name slapped on the label for credibility. And of course, as an excuse to look pretty and jump from really tall places.

Also, I’m sorry, but Bodhi’s Tyler Durden-esque/Eco-warrior angle didn’t fly with me. Maybe I’m just pining for Patrick Swayze – the only true Bodhi – and the fact that anyone would even attempt to deface such a hallowed character.

Yet curiously, there’s one thing that stuck with me after watching the remake. Aside from the stunts (which were admittedly, very impressive), I found myself fascinated with the concept of The Ozaki 8. I’m not giving anything away here, because you’ve heard of The Ozaki 8 if you’ve seen the trailer, but I thought it was interesting; The Ozaki 8 is presented as a philosophy and way of living in this new movie, and played an even bigger role than the 50 year storm in the original.

So like any Point Break freak, I googled the term and found that The Ozaki 8 is purely fiction. But the ideas behind it are real – much like the destinations that featured so heavily in this otherwise unimpressive new film. It’s got a lot of people talking, and with good reason. Would it be possible to actually complete the Ozaki 8 if it existed?

Decoding the Ozaki 8

The Ozaki 8 is a series of 8 ordeals that honour the forces of nature. We learn of this from Luke Bracey (OK, FINE…Johnny Utah…sigh), and that it was created by an eco-warrior named Ono Ozaki, as a journey to enlightenment in the extreme sports/eco-justice community.

point-break-movie-2The Ozaki 8 is the following Ordeals:

Emerging Force

Birth of Sky

Awakening Earth

Life of Water

Life of Earth

Life of Wind

Master of Six Lives

Act of Ultimate Trust

No one has ever completed the Ozaki 8, and indeed, Ono Ozaki only made it through three of the tasks. Half the *plot* of the movie are the stunts that Bodhi and his crew pull to do the full eight; each is done in a particular way and most can only be done at a specific place and time across the globe.

We’re told the complete Ozaki 8 should create ‘a perfect line’ when completing the trials. Bodhi says it’s more about balance than enlightenment, and giving back to the planet – though there’s some criminal activity going on here. Think Robin Hood with a GoPro, and a wingsuit to go with it.

How Point Break Applies to Life

You could spend a lifetime trying to decode The Ozaki 8, and you’re probably not up for climbing mountains without safety gear. BASE jumping may not be your thing either, or surfing 100+ foot waves.

Don’t let me stop you if you want to take this literally. Go for it if you know the risks – you’ll probably find The Ozaki 8 is a chase like you can’t imagine. I’m sure Dean Potter would have been all over this. I’ll do a blog post about the specific ordeals of The Ozaki 8 in the future – like that epic task (or several) involving Angel Falls in Venezuela.

Still, I think some of the ideas in the new Point Break apply to all of us, whether we’re into extreme sports or folks whose idea of extreme is skiing down the kid’s hill at Mt. Washington. Here are a few ways to incorporate the ideas of The Ozaki 8 into your life:

Bodhi Point Break 1991

Bodhi Point Break 1991

1 – Learn to Surf

Point Break is a surfing movie. Yes, BASE jumping looks amazing and wing-suits look pretty nifty, but you don’t need to go there for Point Break to change your life. Just surf. Really – if you remember one thing from this post, get on a board, and learn the magic of connecting with the ocean. Take surfing classes if you’ve never done it. Heck, try river surfing if you don’t live near the ocean. Or if you really want to do something epic, take a surf camp – in Australia.

2 – Plug OUT Of Technology

Seriously dude. Schedule a week each year when you turn your phone off. Go for a hike (and take it with you for emergencies) but don’t touch it otherwise. Go camping/hiking/fishing. Anything – the point is to get away from the stresses of life and just imagine what life was like before ‘being connected’ made things a lot more complicated.

3 – Meditate

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I firmly believe the Universe is on your side and it’s trying to help you. Granted, it’s hard to hear what it’s trying to say at times. So meditate. Seriously, you don’t need to be a buddhist to do this. You don’t even need to take a class to learn the basics of meditation (though it can’t hurt). A quick trip to WikiHow can teach you how to do this basic practice, and hear what the Universe wants you to know.

4 – Find Your ‘Ride’

Your Ride is the Juice. it’s that thing that raises your heartbeat and triggers that rush of adrenaline you can’t live without – and it may have nothing to do with extreme sports. For Gordon Gekko it was the stock market. For my favorite electronic dance music producer, Gareth Emery, it’s the perfect set for an appreciative crowd.

Your job is to find The Ride that becomes your addiction. Then, when you find it, milk that Ride within an inch of your being.

5 – Set a Goal

Bodhi’s goal was to surf the 50 year storm. That may be a little melodramatic for most of us, but he got that done before he checked out. So what do YOU want to do with your life? We all need a bucket list. Be sure you have one, and work toward it. Break your goals down into small steps you can manage. There’s something from The Ozaki 8 for all of us. Let it speak to you. Then listen – and put your best foot forward.

Bodhi's fate is to surf the 50 year storm in the 1991 Point Break

Bodhi’s fate is to surf the 50 year storm in the 1991 Point Break

6 – Keep Your Word

Say what you mean, and do what you say. There’s no better example of this than Bodhi from the first Point Break, who shares his purpose with Johnny Utah during a seemingly trivial conversation at a party one night. Then things happen, and shit goes down. But in arguably my favorite plot twist in any movie I’ve seen, he keeps his word half a world away years later on a desolate beach in Australia.

7 – Make Your Own Fate

This goes back to what we discussed earlier about the Universe and its plan for your life. The thing is – you’re in control. Yes, the Universe nudges you down certain paths, but it’s up to you to walk them. You’re in charge, not some white-haired old man pulling you like a marionette way up in the clouds. Know in your heart that you’re destined to great things. Then make a choice and see it through. Build your life the way you want it to be, and the Universe will be right there to help you along.

Still interested in The Ozaki 8? Learn more here.

By | 2018-11-30T02:34:32+00:00 March 29th, 2016|BASE Jumping, Inspiring, Ozaki 8|15 Comments

About the Author:

Steve Hutchings is an extreme sports blogger and adventure traveller with too much time on his hands. He loves shark diving and EDM/trance music. Also, he checks the stock market every 15 minutes.

15 Comments

  1. caleb April 13, 2016 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Hey i am intrested in trying to complete the ozaki 8 and i wondered if you could list the names and the stunts for me pleas

  2. caleb April 13, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    I want to complete the ozaki 8 myth or legend can you list the names and the stunts please..

    • Steve Hutchings April 13, 2016 at 5:49 pm - Reply

      Hi Caleb,

      Yeah I hear ya man. A lot of people are interested in the Ozaki 8 after seeing the movie and whether they could pull them off.

      For reference, I listed all the Ozaki 8 ordeals in this blog post (look by the Point Break poster).

      In the movie, Birth of Sky and Awakening Earth were done at the same time (above and into the Cave of Swallows in Mexico. Life of water was done off the coast of France and again at the end of the movie. Act of Ultimate Trust was done at Angel Falls in Venezuela.

      I’m going to do a more detailed post on The Ozaki 8 ordeals in the future, where they were done in the movie and possible situations and places in which people could do them in real life.

      Bear in mind The Ozaki 8 would be exceptionally dangerous. You could die about a hundred ways doing each ordeal (and would essentially be committing suicide if the Act of Ultimate Trust was done in the same location in the movie). No one’s walking away from that – including Bodhi.

      Still, it’s all about the chase. I’ll do a more thorough Ozaki 8 ordeals post in the future. Keep an eye on the site!

  3. Josh April 27, 2016 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Hey
    Im interested in the Ozaki 8 and i was woundering when the next post is comming out.
    what is the best why of completing the Ozaki 8?

  4. Josh April 27, 2016 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    hey

    What is the best way of completing the Ozaki 8?
    Where are the best spots to do so?
    and when is the next post comming?

    Josh

    • Steve Hutchings April 27, 2016 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      Hi Josh,

      I’ll have a more detailed most on The Ozaki 8 within the next two weeks. In the mean time, you might want to join in this Facebook Group:

      https://www.facebook.com/Ozaki8/?fref=nf

      It’s a Facebook group for guys interested in doing The Ozaki 8. There’s a lot of interest in this right now.

  5. Jonathan Rolfsen June 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    I was thinking that the Act of Ultimate Trust could be Bodhi’s trust of Utah during the movie. I’d love to here more on the inspiration for Ono Okazi and the 8.

    I did find this paper though. It was written well before the movie and definitely describes the extreme-sport/eco-minded connection: Extreme Sports as a Precursor to Environmental Sustainability: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/27483035_Extreme_Sports_as_a_Precursor_to_Environmental_Sustainability

    • Steve Hutchings June 1, 2016 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      Hey Jonathan,

      That’s not a bad idea, but keep in mind that the Act of Ultimate Trust was theoretically conceived by Ono Ozaki as the ultimate tribute to the Earth. There could certainly be a ‘team mate’ approach to it, although I personally think the Ozaki 8 is more of an individual relationship between the athlete and Nature.

      I’m not sure how else they could do this – I felt it was fairly well done in the movie, though surprisingly, they left out the element of ‘Fire’. I guess that was too hard to work into the screenplay. I actually think it should be ‘The Ozaki 9’, because fire is one of the basic elements.

  6. Beyns August 23, 2016 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    The Ozaki 8 is a fictional list of suicidal escapades.
    You want to find enlightenment outside a cinema? Write your own list!

  7. George Jackson January 29, 2017 at 6:19 am - Reply

    Very profound view. I think we all can learn a great lesson from this concept, fiction or not.

    • Steve Hutchings January 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm - Reply

      Yes, I agree George. The Ozaki 8 is a way of living.

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