Ex WCT surfer. Surfer. Coach. Mentor
"I get paid to surf, coach surfing and hangout/workout at the beach. I’m semi retired from competition, but I train in the water now more then I did when I was on tour. I basically do what I want, I love my life. "
Did you know what you wanted to do as a teenager?
No, I think I was so caught up in my youth and experimenting with my freedom testing boundaries and my own physical limits. I always set myself daily goals though and that helped me stay motivated and focused on the things I enjoyed, which was surfing.
What was the best career/life advice you’ve ever been given?
Be grateful and respectful to those who help you along the way.
What is different today to when you were younger?
I think we deal with confrontation worse then before the smartphone decade. We hide behind our phones and then if we don’t like something we pull out guns. I think communication is one of the most vital parts of child development.
What one piece of advice would you give to your 15-year-old self or younger generations still at school today?
Take care of your body, you will want it to perform for a lot longer than just the moment.
Did you have any jobs as a teenager?
I washed dishes at a restaurant and worked at a surf shop before I turned pro at 16.
Did you enjoy school?
I did for the social aspect and nothing else. I didn’t learn well in that classroom environment.
Schools should be less authoritative and more understanding that each child is unique in their level of comprehension and concentration. We all learn differently.