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There’s this strange notion that once you’re a surfer (whatever that means), everything else in life takes a backseat to waves. It’s a stupid notion. While surfing is one of the best things in life, there are a lot of other things that are just as good. The Malloy Brothers have that figured out, I think.

Before I started working full time for this website, I did a lot of different jobs. I worked on pipelines in the winters. I was a forest fire fighter in the summers. I worked in a mill, I was a plumber, a pipe fitter, a snag faller, and finally, a utility arborist. Somewhere in there, I went to school for Communications, the vaguest of all diplomas. I wrote freelance for magazines just because I liked doing it. I surfed as much as I could between work, but never really put a huge importance on it–it was merely something I wanted to do as much as I could, but never something that really took a front seat in all the other shit I had going on in my life. I was barely ever on a computer, didn’t have a cell phone, and social media was the furthest thing from my mind. Now, of course, surfing and the internet is front and center ever day; between reading about it, writing about it, and surfing as much as I possibly can, it’s always right there. It’s wonderful. But the idea that a “surfer” needs to only be a surfer and nothing else is a ridiculous one.

The Malloy brothers are lots of things. They are, without a doubt, three incredible surfers. But they’re also family men, fishermen, hunters, and general outdoorsmen. That, as far as I can see, is something that is falling quickly by the wayside in many people’s modern lives–a connection with what is really real. The three brothers have created a life far more real than what is generally sought after–and what is quickly becoming the norm–and judging from my own experience, that lifestyle is far more rewarding.

A few days ago, I read a quote that depressed me: “Even though it’s a virtual world, I feel more alive in here than I ever did in the real one.” It wasn’t a real person that said it, but a character in a story about a time in the future when humanity had created a virtual reality mass multiplayer role playing game. But still, it echoes the sentiment of many, I think–a detachment to real life in favor of a fake one held in the vastness of the internet.

The Malloy brothers are living a very real life, full of difficulties and struggle and fun. Because the best things in life aren’t free, as they say, and the sweet ain’t so sweet without the sour. Hard work is good for the soul. Finding those real moments in life is better. And living a life where those moments become your constant reality should be what we’re all striving for.


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  • RoycePowell

    Nice piece Alexander….so true! It’s all about the balance….

  • This is exactly how I’m beginning to see my life and all of the things that I like to do to actually feel alive, and thrive. Learning valuable skills, like survival or First Aid and CPR, Fishing, Freediving, Yoga, Meditation, are all practices that not only enhance my surfing lifestyle, but of those around me as well, and have allowed me to connect with other people.

    Thinking about and only surfing feels kind of selfish, plus there is so much more to life than catching waves.

    • blumpkin mung

      survival, yoga, surfing, fishing, freediving and meditation are all pretty selfish endeavors. I suppose that first aid and CPR aren’t as selfish and they are good skills to have but their practical implementation is theoretical, at best.

  • Dave

    Looks like that haven’t figured out how to shave those god-awful, fecal crusted beards, though. Next skill on the list, I hope.

  • Bob Sales

    Kind of a weak article. You never qualified your claim that these guys have it figured out

    • CalMum

      Watch the video – it’s all there 🙂

      • Filipe’s Neckbeard

        No it isn’t.

  • freerider

    I think the surfers who really have it figured out–are the ones giving their time to get clean water and food to hurting people and helping to feed the homeless….

  • Michael

    Who would you rather go on an epic surf trip with? 3 of the top ranked pro tour surfers, or these 3 guys. Easiest choice ever… #Malloys

  • freerider

    They are thousands of surfers who are helping the needy and doing things to make the world a better place to live.—There’s more to life than spearfishing and riding horses……

  • CalMum

    Thanks! Love living and seeing lives well lived…Cheers!

  • Ryan Hughes

    Great article. Love it man. The Malloys have always been an inspiration. Good people.

  • Steve Marriott

    All good If you’ve got the money and time I guess

  • sdsurfin89

    So how do they pay for all that? I’d be kicking around and having a great time outside all day if I could too, most of us aren’t so lucky. I don’t understand what their job is.

  • bkh2o

    3 of the truest individuals I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. No BS in their bones what-so-ever.

  • Curtis

    It is my belief Dan might have been World Champ at least once.

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