Is It 2013 Already?
It has been a while since we last published something new on this site. Not sure about where we will be in 10 years, but for now, we are still here. A lot has changed for sure. Lets do a small recap to know where we are.
1998 was the year I started freediving. I immediately fell in love and as every passion with me I wanted to know everything about freediving. The internet was already here to give me some info and at least connect to other freedivers all over the world. In 2006 I started this blog and my goal was to provide daily freediving news and I managed to do this until January 2008. Then in April 2009 I resumed my writings until November 2010. And after yet another break I came back in May 2012 to again stop writing one month later in June 2012.
Without the translations I manually did to Dutch, there are 898 articles on this website and almost all of them are written by myself. As you can imagine it’s a lot of work and to be honest I never earned a single euro with it. It was not my goal to earn money with this blog (and it still isn’t). If I look back I’ve maybe put the bar a little bit high: I wanted to write daily news articles about freediving and at some point I even started doing manual translations in my mother tongue Dutch as well. Probably one of the reasons I quit all together.
Another reason is that my passion for freediving was not only a passion for freediving but for extreme sports in general. Besides freediving I developed a renewed passion for skateboarding (which I did a lot in my youth) and snowboarding. More sports were tried out like freerunning and wakeboarding and more. My general passion for extreme sports led to the founding of my new company Shark Cartel on February 1st, 2011. Check out our website!
After two hard years of working on this company we have now an international list of customers that make use of our Shark Cartel products, experience and skill buildings in different sports we love to do. The company is running great and now that there is a little bit more time, my urge to write automatically comes back.
Not sure at the moment where that will lead to in regards with Shark Freediving. For sure I’m not going to start again with daily news post over here, but once in a while to give my opinion or share some knowledge is for sure a possibility.
The freediving world is a real world on their own. I’ve made so many friends over the years in the whole world thanks to this sport. It will be great catching up in the future for sure! So, if you want to say hi, just send me a message or leave a comment and I hope to speak to you soon again!
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Jorg Jansen – Founder Shark Freediving