Professional Surfer with 11 years of competitive surfing experience ~ Surf coach Lover of all things water 💧 🤍
Everyone should start on a longboard to build strong foundation and get better quicker. Transcript: "I just love coaching surfing, so I really enjoy answering these questions. You can refer to the answers that I have posted already, but absolutely I just wanted to elaborate that you absolutely everybody should start on a longboard no matter how fit you are already. It's just going to help you build a really strong foundation and you'll get better way quicker."
Growing up in a tourist-based economy has both pros and cons, with some locals able to capitalize on the influx of tourists and others lacking the education to do so. As travelers it is important to spend money with locally-owned businesses in order to ensure sustainable tourism. Transcript: "So this is a pretty complicated question. I really just I really don't think there is a black and white yes or no answer, but growing up on a walk who I witnessed firsthand the pros and cons of a tourism based industry. There's a lot of benefits, but at the same time, there's a huge lack of diversity in the economy. People become purely reliant on having visitors constantly coming in and out. And, you know, when I think about communities, That originally started off as tribal and had symbiotic relationships with the land, once Western influence comes into the fold. There's a lot of disruption, I think, the lot of the patterns that I've seen is usually the land that was utilized for agriculture and whatnot, ends up getting paved over ands up becoming businesses and a lot of times those businesses Aren't owned by the locals, usually owned by, you know, someone from the Western world, trying to establish themselves to take advantage of all this wealth that's coming in. So it's really tough. You know I think the locals in those communities lack the education to capitalize on that influx of Tourism. At the same time, waste management Water Management gets abused because of course these underdeveloped countries Don't have the infrastructure to handle that capacity of people, you know? But I also do recognize that, you know, some locals with a more entrepreneurial Spirit can capitalize on this. That I've seen that happen many times and make some really psyched when I see that. So, you know, it's it is complicated, I think like as a traveler and this goes for any form of Tourism, it's really crucial that you're spending your money with the locals with local own company. Knees in that country. I think that is the only way to make sure that that the that tourism is sustainable. So yeah, yeah, it's complicated. But we got to do our best and spend money in the right places."
When traveling with your surfboard, make sure you have a good board bag that has built-in cushion and layers for each board. You can also stuff wetsuits and towels around the nose and tail. Additionally, check the airline’s fees before you travel to avoid any surprise fees. Transcript: "What's the best way to travel with a surfboard? So traveling with the surfboard kind of sucks. Sometimes they're just really awkward Sighs and I always get stressed that they're going to get dinged. So I think it's really important to have a good board bag to travel with something that has built-in cushion and layers that you can put in between each board in addition to that. I put each board in a sock of word, sock. I think that is a nice little layer to have If I'm traveling to a cold area, I'll stuff my wetsuits around the nose and the tail and then maybe later my towels, you want the board to be? You want the boards or board, spend? So many you're traveling with to be padded but you don't want it to be really heavy because then the people who are transporting your bag around or more likely to throw it and just kind of be a little bit more, just aggressive with your board. So keep that in mind. Also Pro tip, if you are traveling on an airline for the first time, check their board fees before you get there and have it pulled up as you're checking in. Because a lot of flight attendants, don't know what to do with the surfboard. It's not the most common check in item. So yeah, keep that in mind. And make sure you're not going to get hit with a bunch of fees."
I suggest incrementally shortening your board size over a few months, ensuring that you are able to paddle around and catch waves with accuracy and not getting tired. You should also be able to make s turns back and forth and feel like the board is limiting you. Take it slow and eventually if desired, you'll be ready for a short board. Transcript: "All right, so how to know when you're ready for a short board and as I've answered a question on here, before I suggest incrementally, shortening, your boards spending at least a few months on, you know, each board as you go and break it down. So if you're starting on a 12-footer, so we move to 11-footer and ten footer and so on, that's that'll make it. So you're not just jumping from a longboard to a shortboard really quickly. It'll be a much slower change. And a lot of it, all just depends on the individual, how much you're practicing, how quickly you're able to adjust and fix the issues you are working on. But I also think that if you're feeling like you're strong enough, you're able to paddle around catch waves with a lot of accuracy. You're not getting tired, that's a really good sign. Also, if you're riding waves and you're able to you know at least do s turns back and forth. And you feel like you're getting to the point where the board's actually limiting you and you want to be able to make sharper turns. I think that's also a sign that you can start getting on a smaller board but yeah but at the end of the day you know you want to take it slow and there's no rush so just slowly start breaking down the boards that you're writing and eventually if you want short board you'll hop on a shortboard. Hope that helps"
Breath work involves breathing deeply, utilizing your diaphragm and taking in deeper breaths. It can help with stress relief, calming down and even training. I use it everyday in different aspects of my life such as training or going to sleep. Transcript: "So what is breath work? So I think a lot of people think about Wim Hof or maybe xbt if you have that app. But for me simply just breathing deeply, breathing through my diaphragm, utilizing my stomach in my chest and expansion in 365. Degree motion is breathwork to me. I think most people are only utilizing their chest and their breathing short. So, that is, I think the most essential All, and just the foundation of breathwork, I practice breath work in the morning and usually, more, like quicker Pace has to ramp up and awaken for the day. And then, you know, I work on slower, breath techniques that help calm my heart. For when I'm surfing a little bit bigger conditions, or maybe going diving, there really is an endless amount of techniques that you can incorporate into your life and I try to do all of them as often as I can. I really am a huge proponent of breathwork, I think that it can assist you in so many different aspects of your life. Whether you are stressed or you want to calm down or anything. So I'm I'm using it in every aspect of my life whether it's training or you know, going to sleep. So yeah."
I started taking surfing seriously around 12 years old when I won my first Menehune event. Transcript: "At what age did you commit to dedicating your time to a single sport / discipline? So I started stripping when I was 9 years old and I think a lot of people that serve can relate to me when I say that surfing was immediately something. I knew I wanted to do for the rest of my life, but I think professionally and career-wise, I was about 12 years old when I won my first, real son, Menehune events. And I think that day, They really just showed me becoming a professional Surfer was a possibility and that's what really? What the fire under my butt, to keep pursuing it. And also got my parents a little bit more inspired to support me. So, yeah, that's about 9 to 12 years old."