Looking Back to Sri ’16
Today we get behind the lens with David Vincent, former STN Intern and Service Teamer, and the talent behind STN’s newest Sri Lanka video. David was part of the outreach in 2016 and captured some of the soul of this vibrant nation in his video. We caught up with him, nearly one year later, to hear about his thoughts on his highs and lows of the trip.
But first! The video!
What were some of your first impressions of Sri Lanka?
My first thought is: “Wow, it’s hot here. Let’s get to the ocean.” Oh man! It was rough. After almost a full day of flying, we got in late at night and drove for around 6 or 7 hours to get to Arugam Bay. So we didn’t see much through the night and when we woke up in the morning at the base I was so tired and jet-lagged, that first day was pretty rough. I just remember it being incredibly hot. I was just trying to soak it in, the culture shock wasn’t really a big deal to me, it was more the elements that got to me. So very hot.
Favorite part of the trip?
We were able to see some crazy wildlife, eat some amazing food, and hit up some sick surf spots, but without a doubt, the highlight of my trip was the relationships we were able to build with the people there. Everyone was so loving and made you feel genuinely welcome in the community. I was able to make deep friendships that I’ll maintain for a long time to come.
Any major challenges?
From a filmmaking point of view, trying to capture the beauty of Sri Lanka with just a camera is a difficult thing to do. There is so much rich history within the community that STN has been involved with and telling that story was my biggest challenge. The first week we were there I hardly touched my camera because I wanted to be fully engulfed in the experience before attempting to capture it.
Well, this was a challenge but sort of a highlight too – I was sick for a few days and ended up in the hospital for 24 hours! Laying in a hospital bed in Sri Lanka – come on!
Would you recommend the trip to others?
I think about this trip often and it does not seem that long ago. Going into the trip I was expecting to get there and do my best to help spread love to the community of Arugam Bay, but if anything, the opposite happened. The local Sri Lankans taught me about loving other people more than I could have ever expected. Yes, it’s a rad experience full of surfing and adventure, but the impact of this trip on your life will go much deeper than that. If you’re on the fence, jump the heck off and go. You will not regret it.