Waterlust

Scientists. Adventurers. Photographers. Lovers of all things water.

@waterlust

Waterlust is group of purpose-driven adventurers and scientists that create sea-based media to inspire scientific curiosity and an adventurous spirit.  The crew is made up of 4 core members – Patrick Rynne, Fiona Graham, Jennah Caster and Laura Graham – who travel the world to create films about water and science. Learn more about Waterlust below.

Describe Waterlust in a sentence.
On the surface Waterlust is a media and clothing brand that aims to bring science, art and business together, but at its core it is a kind of celebration of our ongoing relationship with water and a recognition that we must work together to protect it.
What’s your connection to Sperry?
In a way we look at Sperry as a big brother of sorts, an iconic brand that evolved out of Paul Sperry's love of the sea and passion for innovation. We work together to make amazing adventures come to life through film and photography that celebrate our shared love of the ocean.

Jennah Caster (front) and Laura and Fiona Graham (back) sailing along the Intracoastal Waterways in a wooden sailboat that they built in Annapolis, MD at Chesapeake Light Craft.

What is your favorite water sport/activity?
It's a toss up between surfing, sailing and kitesurfing. I might have to lean towards kitesurfing since it is essentially a combination of the other two.

Friend of Waterlust and Sperry Ambassador Conor Smith prepares the Waterlust crew for a sailing and kiteboarding adventure off the coast of Florida.

What is it about the sea that draws you to it?
I enjoy the vastness and wildness of it. Earth is getting to be pretty crowded, with few unspoiled and undeveloped places left. The Ocean is pretty much void of humans so when life gets hectic, I find myself drawn to open water to reconnect and get my mind re-calibrated. I've been that way as long as I can remember.
If you were asked to give advice to someone who wanted to do what you do, what would you tell them are the three most important things to focus on?
First I would say training yourself to be quantitative is an important skill in nearly all aspects of life. Having a broad understanding of mathematics and being able to assess a situation objectively has served me well so far. As humans we are extremely emotional creatures, and as much as those emotions make life the exciting roller coaster that it is, they also can lead us to make irrational decisions. The second would be to find something you really love to do. As I get older I'm starting to realize that success correlates directly with ones ability to work really hard on a particular subject for a long time. If you don't love what you do, you run the risk of burning out before you find success. Finally, I think it's important to believe that you can achieve your goals. With very few exceptions, I don't believe in the idea of "no I can't". I think most people can achieve anything, it's just a matter of them figuring out how to do it. Some things will come easier to one person than another, but that doesn't mean that they cannot both succeed. Instead of focusing on what you can't do, I think it's important to constantly evaluate what you want and how to get there.
Share a quote or mantra you try to live by.
Work hard, Love Hard, Pray Hard, Play Hard

Patrick, Fiona, and Laura trek through the coastal rainforests in Dominica in the Sperry 7 Seas.

If you could spend 1 hour with anyone in the entire world, alive or dead, who would it be?
My wife Fiona. I realize it's a cheesy answer but it's the truth. If I had the chance to spend an hour with somebody I had never met, I might choose John Muir. I would love to experience his unbridled enthusiasm for nature. I'd also like to meet Yvon Chouinard, I expect I could learn a lot from him.
You just won the lottery. What’s the first thing you do?
Probably not tell anybody, put it in the bank and keep doing what I'm doing.
What is it about the sea that draws you to it?

I enjoy the vastness and wildness of it.

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