Calgary: Slam the Kan 10

Photo: Robert Bishop

Photo: Robert Bishop

Ever since I arrived in Calgary I've been feeling in full throttle. 

I've experienced a love for these people that floods me with so much happiness the only thing I can ever think to say is "this is amazing/awesome" and "I love it here". Not the most eloquent choice of words for someone who claims to be a writer. 

After my first day here I couldn't wait to come back and write about my experience. But the words just wouldn't come. How do I describe a place like this and really make you feel the way I'm feeling? I don't know how and as a writer that's a problem. 

Photo: Robert Bishop

Photo: Robert Bishop

My heart has been captured and taken for rides that it's never experienced before the past few days. 

These are my people. 

Photo: Robert Bishop

Photo: Robert Bishop

From the nights closing down the pub, cruising around at 2 a.m. on longboards, and wanting to watch river surfing videos until five in the morning because the shared energy and passion for surf is enough to live off of. 

We forget to eat and drink because it's a waste of precious surfing time. Legs begin to cramp, arms shut down, and even then you opt for a cold beer over a jug of water. 

Photo: Robert Bishop

Photo: Robert Bishop


Photo: Robert Bishop

Photo: Robert Bishop

What other community is as welcoming as this one? I haven’t found anything that comes close. When can you come from thousands of miles away, to a place where you “know” all but one or two people, have a place to stay with a complete stranger, and people willing to drop what their doing to make sure you’re well taken care of? 

Not only did I feel welcome but I felt like I had known these people all along, like they were family. 

This is why I do what I do. It’s why I gave up my apartment and why my bank account balance is very unimpressive. It’s these people and this community as a whole that make me feel rich, why everywhere I go feels like home, and why the struggle is absolutely worth it.

Jacob Kelly and Neil Egsgard, thank you for putting on an event that was out of this world and SO ridiculous. The picnic table fashion show, the Russian rave, the river bed dance floor, fire dancing, and sweat lodge were…well…you guys know how to party. 

Jennifer Camwell, your the epitome of beauty and strength. You’re hospitality and kindness was unreal, being around you makes me a better person. I miss you so much already. 

Photo: Robert Bishop 

Photo: Robert Bishop 

I want to thank everyone I met for making my first time in Calgary one of the most memorable trips of my life. I really do love you all. 

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Photo: Robert Bishop

Photo: Robert Bishop