Dreams have a funny way of sticking around, like a melody that won’t leave your mind. For me, that dream was always the vast, mesmerizing ocean. I was born and raised in Colorado. It’s a landlocked state, with peaks that scrape the heavens and expansive plains. But for as long as I can remember, the gentle lapping of waves and the thrill of reeling in a big one beckoned me.
When I first began toying with the idea of starting a fishing charter, the response was, let’s just say, less than encouraging. Many charters, perhaps viewing me as a potential competitor or simply too “salty” in their outlook, shut me down. They’d say, “Good luck, but there are already a zillion charters out there.” Many thought it was an insurmountable challenge, especially for someone from the Rockies.
But here’s something you should know about me: Tell me I can’t, and I’ll show you I can. Those dismissive comments, those snickers behind my back, they didn’t deflate me. Instead, they fueled a fire. A fire to prove them wrong, to chase that dream even harder.
I won’t lie; the journey wasn’t smooth sailing. There were times of doubt, moments when the waves of uncertainty threatened to capsize my spirit. But I clung to my vision, steering through the storm with determination and a bit of that good old Colorado grit.
The result? Wickedly Awesome Adventures was born. A testament to perseverance, a tribute to every dreamer who’s been told their dreams are too big, too unrealistic. We’re more than just a fishing charter; we’re a symbol of what can happen when you refuse to relinquish your dreams.
Being landlocked in Colorado didn’t deter me. If anything, it made the allure of the sea even more intoxicating. And today, I’ve made a life by the water, living a dream I once thought was reserved for those coastal-born folks.
What’s more, I’ve been blessed to bring together a crew of captains at Wickedly Awesome Adventures who share my passion. They’re not just experienced; they’re dedicated. Dedicated to ensuring every single person who steps onto our boats feels the magic of the sea, feels that thrill of the chase, and leaves with memories that last a lifetime.
As I stand here today, with the sun setting over North Myrtle Beach, casting a golden hue over our boats, I can’t help but feel a sense of pride. Not just in what Wickedly Awesome Adventures has become, but in every single person who dared to dream to push against the tide of naysayers.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: Your dreams are valid. No matter where you’re from, no matter how many people tell you it’s impossible. If you have that fire, that passion, chase it. Make it happen. Because at the end of the day, the only person who can truly stop you is you.
And as for Wickedly Awesome Adventures? We’re just getting started. Our sights are set on becoming the most recognized and fastest-growing fishing charter on the East Coast. And with our dedicated crew and the unyielding support of dreamers everywhere, I have no doubt we’ll get there.
To every aspiring captain, every dreamer: If a landlocked guy from Colorado can make waves on the east coast, so can you.
Dive into your passions, and let the world see just how wickedly awesome you truly are.