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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.
The Ozaki 8 is the following Ordeals:
Birth of Sky
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:
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
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.
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.
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