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Surfline is my primary website for predicting waves and forecasting weather. I use it to look at favorite spots around the world, easily access a 16 day forecast, and then combine that with other websites like Magic Seaweed, Windguru, and Windy.com when I see that they all show the same thing. Transcript: "Hey, so I use a combination of websites to predict the waves and for forecasting my predominant one is Surfline. I've got all of my favorites, all the spots I'm looking at around the world are saved so it's very easy for me. I guess for me the best is to have ease of access so I can quickly have a look. I click on the spot. Obviously wintertime in the southern hemisphere I'm focusing only on the southern hemisphere spots and then that moves to northern hemisphere in the northern hemisphere winter. But for now all of my southern hemisphere spots Pores Gondido, Dungeons in South Africa, Nias in Indonesia, Ship's Stearns in Tasmania, all these spots are my favorite on Surfline for me. And it's easy for me to click in. I can see I've got a premium membership so I can see the 16 day forecast. Very, very quick and easy. If I see something big then I can really dive into it. And then when I see that there's a solid swell coming then that's when I will use all the different websites. Magic seaweed now has become part of Surfline. I used to use Magic Seaweed a lot but I use Windguru a lot as well and Windy.com and I use a combination of different sites and especially when you see like they're all showing the same thing then I know it's game on. So just creating ease of access I think is the most important to stay tuned in."
Static stretching is not recommended before surfing as it stimulates the nervous system to create a stretch reflex, which can cause the muscle to not be ready for increasing range of motion or improving flexibility. Instead, warm-up exercises such as calisthenics, light run, and getting on an exercise bike should be done prior to surfing to increase body temperature and get sweat going. Transcript: "Can you explain why static stretching is not recommended before surfing and what type of warm-up exercises you recommend instead? Well firstly not just surfing I don't recommend static stretching for anything unless it's after you've already completed your activity, your body's been warmed up properly etc. When we stretch statically and by static I mean just bending over and stretching and touching your toes for example, that's really stimulating the nervous system to create what's called a stretch reflex and when your body's not warm and you try and stretch a muscle it will go into this stretch reflex and that's the nerve telling the brain, telling the muscle that you're not ready for increasing your range of motion or improving your flexibility and the reason is your body isn't warmed up. So there's a difference between stretching and warming up. So for stretching I recommend first that you warm up, you've got to get some sweat going. Once you get sweat going now your body has been signaled that you've got blood flow going down, your nervous system and your brain will work together to help you and your muscles to create length in that muscle. So warm-up exercises what's that? Well warm-up exercise could be as simple as moving around in the jacuzzi. We're trying to get the body temperature up so anything you can do calisthenics, light run, get on the exercise bike, anything you can do to warm up."
For the past 20 years I have been doing physical work such as taking people surfing, doing body work, teaching yoga, and maintaining my property. This has kept me in shape, but I need to focus more on weight training and cross training to stay fit. Transcript: "So that's an interesting question for me. Looking at 20 years of looking back at my career, where I'm at today, what I do for a living now is take people surfing and I do body work and teach yoga and I have a beautiful property that I maintain the landscape and everything that is in it and so that's a lot of physical work. It's a lot of kinetic energy and movement. And so my strength training continues to be in the water and also in what I do for a living and so my actual cross training and time that I spend doing anything with weight training and stuff like that isn't very much. It's pretty minimal actually I gotta get myself to you know, focus and discipline to get timeout and and to spend time with my body. Most of the times I just want to take it easy and rest."
I wouldn't recommend using sunglasses while surfing as I haven't seen many people doing that. Transcript: "I've really never used sunglasses versus with me before. I've been surfing for about 20 years now, and I haven't really seen that many people using sunglasses for surfing. So I just, I just wouldn't recommend it."
Social media has been both a benefit and a hindrance to me, it's helped me grow my business and my name, but it has also become a platform for comparison between other people's lives. Transcript: "For me, social media has definitely been a benefit, it has helped me grow my name, my business and it has helped me reach and meet a lot of people that I would have never meet if it if it hadn't been for social media but it's I see it as a hindrance as well. It's definitely a double-edged sword because I think social media has become a comparison of your life between Other people's lives and I think that's shouldn't be what it's about. It should be about creating your platform and living your life and influencing other people do great things and be themselves."
The momentum generation is a group of surfers that started filming together in the 90s led by Taylor Steel, including Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, and Ross Williams. They changed the direction of surfing at the time and were labeled the momentum generation. Transcript: "Hey, Melanie, this is Taylor knocks. I wanted to answer your question. What is the momentum generation? Well, basically, it's a group of guys that started filming together in the 90s with Taylor steel and consisted of myself and Kelly Slater. Rob Machado, Shane, Dorian, Ross Williams, just and there was a bunch of more guys like Benji Weatherly and Kalani, Rob and stuff. But so we all just banded together as friends and started filming and Movies and we got labeled the momentum generation I guess just because we kind of change the direction of surfing at the time. So great question though. Thanks for asking."