So while I was working down in New Zealand for the summer, I had a co-worker named Tony who kept quiet and to himself. I on the other hand was a loud cocky American who boasted about snowboarding in Jackson Hole and Valdez Alaska. Another co-worked noted that Tony was quite the “shit-hot” snowboarder himself. “You should go riding with Tone sometime” my worker buddy insisted. It seemed unlikely that this meek guy could rip because every time I tried to impress upon him to get radical he declined. He didn’t like to drink or party.
Then one day someone pointed out an unbelievable line through the rocks. I couldn’t believe it, it was so sick and sketch at the same time. They said it was Tony’s. He was the type to go at it alone. Humm, I need to ride with this guy I thought.
Soon after I was hearing all the hype about Tony, we hooked up for a run and a hike. I followed him to someplace he said he had gone before. While I followed in his every footstep I couldn’t help but to fear for where we were going. I’m not much of a mountain goat but my God, this was an extreme place we were going. The exposure to this peak was the gnarliest I had ever seen in New Zealand. I was getting scared shitless. When we reached the peak this is what I saw:
Tony’s mission in life is to follow in Jesus’ footsteps every step of the way. He is truly righteous, more so than anybody I've ever met. So here I was trying to follow in his path. What I felt was unlike anything I have ever felt since. Who did I think I was to try and follow in such a righteous path? How would I fair at the right hand of the Father? I was a heathen and a sinner. I would be cast out of Heaven for my selfishness. How weak and humbled I felt. That’s what Tony revealed to me that day on the high peak so close to God and he did it without saying a single word. Look at the smile on his face. Is he saying that he is number one or is he pointing to the almighty?
Tony gave up snowboarding to pursue a greater goal, he even worked here for 7 years picking up the dead and dying off the streets of India. Sewa Ashram - Home
He now lives off the grid on an Island somewhere raising a family of his own.
Look at the line he did on the other face straight ahead. You can see a traverse to a 4 foot coulior which he said was so narrow that while he was pointing it through he had to narrow his shoulders. His board was scratching wall on both sides.