Top 5 things you carry while going on a surf?
- Surfboards! (By Lost/Mayhem).
- Creatures of Leisure legrope and deck grip.
- Good bikini (that doesn’t slide or move too much) or a wet-suit (By Billabong of course!)
- A towel.
- Good company.
Myths about surfing that need to be busted?
Sharks are predatory, human killing machines and if you enter the water, you will be eaten. No, they’re not. Unfortunately, people are sometimes injured, often severely and some fatally, as a result of a shark interaction. Undoubtedly, some sharks do intentionally attack humans, but this is not cause for their elimination. Surfing is a relatively safe sport and I’m sure if we knew how often sharks are actually checking us out from below, it would waylay much of the uncertainty, blame and unpredictability we project upon their species. Statistically it’s human beings who are the most dangerous, predatory species on Earth! Localism is bad. It’s not! Parochial localism is often shunned these days, but local surfers should be respected and such dynamics encouraged. Hawaii is the prime example. It’s the travelling tourists, beginners and the overly enthusiastic who are most likely to interfere and get in the way when visiting a new surf spot. Just because the ocean is “free” it doesn’t mean you should be able to paddle out at a new spot and take the next wave. Locals are usually the most experienced at any particular spot, have surfed the break in every conceivable condition and thereby deserve the best waves on the best days. They’ve put in their time and have earned it. It’s usually the locals who help keep the beach clean and form the fabric of the community and local culture you are visiting. So, slow down, wait, observe, be respectful and let the locals have their share. If you’re lucky, you’ll be next in line. But don’t just show up and expect the next wave. Respect those who have been there longer than you.
How do you create a balance while using social media?
Social media comes pretty natural to me. I guess the job I have takes me to some pretty amazing and exotic places so it’s not hard to take a few snaps and upload them while I’m on the road. Although sometimes I find that I am spending way too much time on my phone and I just need some space to disconnect from everything and go for a surf. It’s one of the reasons I love surfing so much. There’s no distractions, it’s just you and the ocean and it’s easy to become totally lost in the moment and reconnect with nature.
Message for your 171K followers on Instagram?
Be true to yourself and don’t take life too seriously.
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