I’ve always had a strong fascination with the water, but I never thought it would ever lead me here.
Growing up, I couldn’t get enough of the water. I was fortunate enough to learn how to swim at a very young age because my parents felt it was especially important that I know how to be comfortable in the water. Little did they know that this would spark a fire in me that would continue to burn to the present day.
Once I learned how to swim, I was always bothering my parents about making a trip over to the pool or heading over to the beach. My parents even ended up purchasing a fish tank so I could sit and marvel at aquatic life and stop pestering them so much. Believe it or not, I even went as far as to read through the detailed fish encyclopedia we had laying around our house. Needless to say, I was a big fan of Nemo.
And yet, my passion for the water hadn’t even reached its peak. Not even close. My enthusiasm for the water hadn’t fully blossomed until I stumbled into the realm of water sports.
As a child, my first experience ever with water sports was tubing. You veteran seafarers out there are probably rolling your eyes right now thinking, “Tubing? Really?”
But the thrill of holding onto the handles for dear life was enough to get me hooked. To my young brain, there was enough danger to trigger a full-fledged adrenaline rush that I couldn’t get enough of. Plus, it didn’t hurt that my siblings and cousins also shared this sentiment. We would get towed behind a speedboat for hours on end until our arms nearly felt like they were going to fall off. And yet, I’d be ready to do it all over again the following day.
Soon, I began to expand my horizons beyond tubing into new, unfamiliar territory. During this stage in my life, I rotated through water sports like a merry-go-round. I would develop a sufficient level of skill in one area and promptly move on to another challenge to keep things fresh and exciting. Progressively, the water sports that I explored began to get more extreme as well.
This obsession over water pursuits led me to locations far, far away from home so that I could truly broaden my water sports experiences.
Consequently, I was introduced to water sports like wakeboarding, water skiing, and jet skiing, all of which I tried for the very first time in the Lake of the Ozarks. From there, I tried my hand at snorkeling, where I caught sight of a barracuda in the Dominican Republic. I then went on to surfing and scuba diving, which I experimented with in Maui, Hawaii.
These are but a few experiences I’ve had with the water. I can’t describe them all here because I don’t want to bore you with a laundry list of my personal adventures, but you get the point of what I’m trying to convey.
Essentially, I’ve tried practically any water sport that I could get my hands on!
As I grew older, my passion for the water never wavered. If anything, it only grew stronger as the stresses of student life began to pile up. More and more, I kept looking for reasons to journey back out on the water and escape reality for a little while. Everyone has an outlet that they rely on to find pleasure. For some, it’s working out. For others, it’s video games. For me, it was, and still is, water sports.
After high school, I ended up attending college at the University of Illinois. Problem was, there wasn’t any large bodies of water nearby to pursue any water sports. Thus, throughout my college career, I only ever had the chance to venture out to the water during the summer. Trust me, it felt like ages having to wait until the semester was out to come back to the waves!
Around this time I began toying with the idea of internet marketing. Being a biology major, I didn’t have the slightest idea what I was getting myself into at the time. Relaying information to thousands of people by tapping away at a couple keys on a laptop seemed a tad hard to believe.
But as I continued to dig deeper and conduct further research, I convinced myself little by little that maybe this was something I could do.
When I finally committed to building up my own website, I was at a loss for what to make my website about. Admittedly, it took me a couple days to decide. I finally came to the realization that this project should revolve around an unconventional topic that I was truly interested in. I flipped back through the most meaningful memories in my head and immediately thought back to the times where I would find any reason to be out on the water.
It was with this one thought that the seed of HydroPursuit began to sprout in my head. As soon as this seed took root, I ran with it and never looked back.
The idea of spreading my knowledge of water sports to thousands of people across the world every single day was too enticing to ignore. This is not to say that the creation process was all sunshine and rainbows. At the start, every petty task seemed daunting. Having no experience with internet marketing whatsoever, I had to teach myself a lot of skills rather quickly to hit the ground running.
Honestly, the only thing that kept driving me forward was my vision of what HydroPursuit could become.
Firmly establishing the foundation for HydroPursuit took months of planning, designing, and most of all… writing! For those first couple of months, I’d uphold a stern ritual of writing helpful content about my water sports experiences and hitting the publish button every evening.
After what seemed like an eternity of writing, I finally began to notice a couple of viewers trickling into the site during the week. I paid closer attention to the web traffic analytics and witnessed those few weekly viewers slowly turn into a couple of hundred. Growth quickly skyrocketed from there, almost as quickly as I shoot out of the water on a flyboard!
Today, HydroPursuit is evolving into a recognizable brand in the water sports industry, with thousands of new viewers trickling in on a consistent basis. My hope is to continue this trend in the near future by trekking out to the water as much as I can and reporting my findings to you, the reader.
So why did I take the time to share all these little details with you anyway?
Sharing the making of HydroPursuit with you matters to me, at least, because stories like these would’ve helped me through those rough patches where I was contemplating quitting this endeavor altogether. I always knew I’d loved water sports, but yet I could never truly rid myself of the tiny slivers of doubt that HydroPursuit may fail.
I’d always enjoyed experiencing water sports and sharing these experiences with other people, but I never genuinely thought that it would be possible to do this on such a colossal scale. In a world where society constantly presses its own agenda, it’s terribly challenging to stay loyal to your passions and see your personal ambitions through.
So many times I’ve seen people trade away their crazy hopes and dreams in favor of a secure lifestyle. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there’s no such thing as a “secure lifestyle” in our world. We’re standing on a planet that’s rotating 67,000 miles per hour around a colossal ball of fire for crying out loud!
So with the short amount of time you have here, pursue those ludicrous aspirations swirling around in your head (that’s actually where I came up with the name for HydroPursuit). Elon Musk couldn’t have said it any better:
“If something’s important enough you should try. Even if… the probable outcome is failure.”
That’s all for now. Back to the water I go!