The Japanese concept of wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. It's appreciation of not only the young, youthful, and bright expression of things, but also the appreciation of the other end of the journey. Appreciating the things that are imperfect and rough - the withering, the decaying - beauty in the whole spectrum.
For prolific free-surfer Dave "Rasta" Rastovich, wabi-sabi continually informs his lifestyle. The Byron Bay surfer is not only an incredible talent, with a considerable global audience, but he has become known for his insightful philosophies on life and understanding how surfing can play a wonderful part in a person's life, and not in ways that just make someone a winner. Rasta has become a pioneer for an alternative surf lifestyle, experimenting with ways of living, ways of relating to other people, the land, and growing food, and ways of surfing.
Desillusion Magazine’s editor in chief Sebastien Zanella spent a few days with Rasta at his home in Byron Bay, where he travels to one of his favorite places, the Psychedelic Valley, where everyone in the 70s would go t get their magic mushrooms and connect with the earth, what drew him to Bryon Bay, and how surfing has taught his how to deal with the different wave-lengths of life.
Watch the nicely directed short film below.