Inspiration: The Story Behind the Everyday Push Film

Everyday Push is a remarkable full-length film that profiles the life of kayak angler Mike Coneen. All photos courtesy Yaktastic Adventures.
Everyday Push is a remarkable full-length film that profiles the life of kayak angler Mike Coneen. All photos courtesy Yaktastic Adventures.

Everyday Push is a remarkable full-length film that profiles the life of kayak angler Mike Coneen. Artfully shot, it shares a fundamental lesson. In the words of filmmaker Rob DeVore of YakTastic Adventures, “You can do far more than you or anyone else thinks you can.” What are you waiting for? Go watch it now. -Ed.

By Rob DeVore

I met Mike at the Kars Park Boondoggle. He was in his golf cart so I had no idea he didn’t have the use of his legs. His campsite was a few down from me and as we were chatting, he mentioned something about making a film about him, and that’s where I got the first bit of the story. It started as a two minute video about how he loads and unloads his boat to a full-feature film after just a few conversations.

Everyday Push Part 1 from Yaktastic Adventures on Vimeo.

Filming took us all over Florida and North Carolina – 5 days camping in Islamorada, several three-day fishing and chatting sessions on the east coast of Florida, a few filming sessions in the Tampa Bay area, lots of fish and hours of talking.

He’s a fairly private person, yet very determined and not afraid to tell you what he thinks, and fiercely independent. When you first meet him, you want to open doors for him and help him and he flat out doesn’t need anyone’s assistance. He just wants to be like everyone else.

Everyday Push Part 2 from Yaktastic Adventures on Vimeo.

There’s quite a bit of content that didn’t make it into the film. Lot’s of stories, lots of intricacies and lots of things that he didn’t wish to talk about that would have easily put this film over the two-hour mark.

What will you find amidst this tale of ups and downs? The glue that holds everything together is Mike’s love for kayak fishing.

I certainly hope you enjoy it.

Mike Coneen, the focus of the Everyday Push film.
Mike Coneen, the focus of the Everyday Push film.