It's been three years easily measured by the youthful days of my son who was born at the same time of Terry's graduation to the creators Realm.
I havent watched the film much since then and although its hard to hear the words and story it is becoming increasingly more satisfying knowing I'll be able to share the essence of the wise light Terry shone and share it with my kids. It's often a motivation for building something for somebody else and doing it well whilst knowing their use of the joy will far out weigh the delight you felt crafting it. To me thats what surfboards are, I saw this to be true with Terry yet what we spoke about and shared had more often than not to do with life and the details of the pursuit of wisdom.
T. Martin lived a life deserving of honor. From an early age he realized what he was gifted with and kept things simple. His focused perspective on what really mattered never changed as his impact on this world and in our hearts and lives was felt beyond measure of the some 80,000 surfboards he is said to have made.
I was honored to know Terry well and gained so much from his companionship, inspiration, and tutelage, forever continuing to draw from the legacy that he created. God was the main ingredient in his life and he followed his ways and served Him with out abandon. At age 74, after passing away from a struggle with cancer, he did not lose his soul in the process of trying to gain the world.
This film came about by wanting to remember as much as I could of his focus and priorities. In the process, I gleaned from pearls of wisdom I knew would be freely shared. God had a great way of showing up every Friday morning when we got together for a period over a year, talking story and making things.
This film is dedicated to the Martin family and all those who knew Terry and are suffering in the void of his loss. Prayers go out toward Candy and the loss of her lover, our leader and forever everyone's legend.