"This is something I've had to deal with my whole life. I've never been in the crew."
Just two hours ago, I wrote a post pointing to the influence New Jersey vlogger Ben Gravy has had on Jamie O, Koa Rothman, as well as Kalani Robb, Brett Barley etc.
Ben’s YouTube channel has 56,000 subscribers and so many little films you could watch them back to back on a rocket ship and not even be halfway through ’em as you touch down on Mars.
His themes are positivity and an everyman vibe. If I can do it, you can sorta thing.
“Three years ago, I was twenty six years old, washed-up, barely surfed, blown-out knee with a doctor telling me I might never surf again,” Ben said in a forty-three minute vlog he made while visiting Surf Ranch. “I changed my life, I changed my mindset and today I came to the Kelly Slater wavepool and I surfed with Kelly Slater. Anything is possible. If you chase your dreams, if you put positivity and goodness into the universe, it’ll come back to you. I’m living proof.”
Good enough to be nominated for Best Web series at the 2018 Surfer Poll, yes?
In a tearful post, which you can watch by hitting the play button and scrolling through to twelve-ish minutes, Ben says,
“Three years ago, it wasn’t something I felt like I deserved. (But) right now, the way that surfing stands, I deserve to be nominated.”
“I’ve worked tirelessly for three years to accomplish the goals I’ve put in front of me.”
“I put out an immense amount of positivity though my videos. I bring laughter and joy and stoke to the world of surfing.”
“I’ve never been in the crew. I’ve never been accepted by Surfer magazine, Surfing magazine, never even by Eastern Surf magazine.”
“I’ve never been given props.”
“That’s something I’ve had to deal with my whole life.”
“(Rejection) formed me into the person I am today. I am a self-made person. I started that way and I’ll probably end that way.”
Oh I miss his vibrating little laugh.
Now, is this a heartbreaking story of rejection from the highest office in the land or is Gravy a cry-baby who needs a damn good seeing to with an NYPD flashlight?