The Year in Review Post – 2016

This post will probably sound like the same post from the past few years. But in many ways it is not.

The Side Wedge is still going. As a free WordPress site. The could help me along in some degrees financially but my site mirrors the reality of my current situation at this second and that is trying to keep as many pennies in my pocket as I can. I am using the term at this second because as I have written many times before in various posts; life is subject to change. I feel that now a change for the positive is looming ever closer. Not here yet but out there close enough to feel it.

I always have had ideas for this site. To make videos to show proper surfing technique. Even to go further into surf coaching and another larger concept but these things have been put on the back burner while I dig myself out of the hole that has enveloped me for a long time now.

I dream of getting a GoPro camera one day and converting my old videos to make a surf video to document my past experiences. I have a lot of old media that needs to be saved.

Also, I wrote on one of my yearly reviews about some of my earlier followers whom I watched rocket on to far more success with their blogs and within the blogging community only to disappear. Maybe they used their blog to launch into something larger. Like being the CEO of a small entertainment company or they became writers for a television show. Who knows? All I know is that they had thousands of followers and then the posts just stopped.

For me, it is a bit different. I love to write. I do not have an audience of thousands but I have some pretty cool people who read my posts. Varied people with cool experiences and reading your posts in return makes me stoked.

So next year, I will once again strive to make my goals come to fruition. If not, I will keep trying and I will keep writing. Minus the paid trips, product endorsements, flashy videos, and a blog that earns me even a nickel.

I have plenty of good stories untold, a surfboard, and a local beach infested with sharks. Plenty of material for a year of writing.

Merry Christmas to everyone who has supported me and to the folks who just drop by and peruse my humble site!




About 1stpeaksteve

Welcome to The Side Wedge! The Side Wedge is a product of the journey through life of Steve Zima. Former professional surfer, a writer, surf coach, and hospitality manager. This is a collection of travel tips, motivation, and stories from my past. Finally, I offer surf coaching through The Side Wedge. Please feel free to contact me with questions if you want to improve your performance today! Thanks for reading!
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4 Responses to The Year in Review Post – 2016

  1. Mark Ernest says:

    Hi, Steve!

    From reading a few of your blog posts I’m pretty sure you’re the same Steve Z that lived down the street from me in Pine Hills. I wa randomly looking for info on the old O-Town skate spot, Bone Town, and that led me here. It’s been so many years that I’m sure you’ve forgotten by now, but we rode to the beach together a couple of times and saw each other a few other times when I was with Alex D. and the crew from the east side. The world is immense and yet so oddly small sometimes. Hope you have a merry Christmas :)!

    • 1stpeaksteve says:

      I remember you Mark! Man…that was eons ago, huh?

      You know, I started the blog partly due to my time coaching and traveling around. We had quite the life. I had friends everywhere…even in O-Town spread amongst the Eastside guys, my buddies from Sanford and Longwood, etc. It was great for me.

      You know, I am still friends with Al but he does not use social media so it is harder to stay in touch with him. I always talk with Joe Diehl and Bill Hutchison. Still good friends!

      Keep checking out my site and I will look for online as well!

      Merry Christmas!

      • Mark Ernest says:

        Hey, Steve! Sorry it took me so long to remember to check back in! I’ve book marked your blog now so I won’t forget.

        Yeah, that was eons ago for sure! Maybe ’88, ’89….’90? I don’t know for sure. I left for college early in ’91 and pretty much lost touch with all my skate, surf and music friends after that. I stay in touch with one friend from that era and that’s about it. I ran into Tim Paine, the ramp builder, a few years ago…..that was a shot right out of the way-back-machine!!!!!

        You can find me on instagram at @mark.ernest.artist and I have an FB page but I don’t check it really.

        I just live up in Orange City, so if you’re passing through on the way to or from New Smyrna hit me up and I’ll buy coffee or a lunch.

        Take care,

      • 1stpeaksteve says:

        I was getting brutalized at work so the response was painfully slow.

        That is cool you live in Orange City. My sparring partner for surfing used to live off the road where the sign is for Blue Springs Park where the pizza shop used to be. So I know my way around there pretty well.

        So I will look you up on the other social sites and…relax after these lame few weeks. I work at Port Canaveral at a hotel and live in Orlando. Dumb move I guess for a promotion. Hourly good…salary…no! I need to get closer to home!

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