Noise to Note! #139

Noise to Note!


A great song? There are many.

This could go on a list of the perfect songs. Even live in a studio.

The Cure – Just Like Heaven

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Improve Your Surfing – And More! Pt. 2


Sometimes you have to do a few of these


So by now you have been thinking if improving your surfing is what you want to do. After some mulling and after being cut off by a 12 year old girl on a bodyboard; you have decided that the answer is yes!

Next you must set some goals and change some bad habits. You should:

  • Plan

At my local beach, I pull up into the parking lot with the other surfers. They jump out and put on the wetsuit or wax up and within 10 minutes they are in the water. I walk down and watch the waves. Where are the best waves coming in at? What is the best route out? Are there alternative areas that are offering some sections that the others have not noticed? Then I warm up and finally paddle out. By the end of the day, I may not have caught more waves than anyone else but the stand out waves will more than likely see me on them.

I also plan out what I want to do for the day. Surf more vertical. Work on a particular trick. By focusing on an area, I am doing more than just catching waves and blindly just goofing off.



To do a few of these.

  • Practice

To go even further, sometimes us contest types like to block out our surf sessions. So for 30 to 40 minutes we just try to do one type of turn. For example, just doing cutbacks for 30 minutes even if the section says do an air. Basically it is like a golfer practicing putting or driving. Repetition helps improve the fundamentals.

Practice should also involve developing a solid training routine. Yoga is a great tool as well.

  • Choices

As a young surfer, I just had fun and surfed. My improvement in surfing came on the back of more pressing issues such as my education. As a pro, I had to face reality. Just surfing and goofing off in the water was not going to help me. My biggest improvements came when I was forced to leave my beloved sponsors store in Satellite Beach and I was sent to the Cocoa Beach store as an amateur. I was named as the Team Captain but was still required to actively participate in practices. The real coaches were guys that judged at the top level. From them, I learned how to analyze and plan.

So my life then became a lesson on doing something now or later. For example, to me taking an hour to write this post is important to my website. I also have more cleaning to do in my house. At no point today did I spend more than 15 minutes on Facebook. Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day and like many; my free time seems to short. So do you really not have any time to work out for 30 minutes?

An employee once told me that they did not have any free time during their shift to take a break. They said that they had far to much time piled upon them and if they took a 30 minute break then they would never finish their work.

I then questioned what I saw during their shift. They stopped to speak to their bank representative who put them on hold for 15 minutes and the calls from their family members. There team also stopped from time to time to drink coffee for a few minutes. All this time would add up to a break so that was her answer. You should clock out for your break and do all of these activities on your own time. Which in our own lives means what is the biggest priority? Is it working out or watching a few television shows?

The time is there. You just have to make it the priority.

Some Resources

Of course I ask people to search in my blog for some useful tips. Here are a few that should be read:

A Current Affair

Doing a Solid Cutback

Take the High Road Redux

For a good surf specific workout I highly recommend either Chris Mills or Clayton Beatty from Surf Snow Fitness.

Chris Mills

Clayton Beatty

So of course…More to come! And questions are welcome! Except from Mulletkiller.



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Improve Your Surfing – And More! Pt. 1


Jr. finals of the Easter Surfing Festival.


Surfing is not an easy sport. So I will start off with the disclaimer:

If you are out of shape or have an injury; please consult a professional and get it done the correct way. Do not wing it and further injure yourself.

Now back to the fun!

Be What You Want!

If you have followed my blog, you may have caught the stories about my childhood. I was a frail pint-sized kid in Hawaii with poor motor skills. I was awful at just about everything I did. Yet, I knew I was going to be a professional surfer after opening up the first magazine that I ever laid eyes upon.

Is this realistic? For a 40 year old parent learning to surf; probably not. But we all have the power to improve. To achieve this we have to lose some things to gain in the long run. We have to lose the fixed mindset that hinders us.

I am not good at math.

I have terrible balance.

I can not do that!

If you have this mindset then you are right! You will not do it! You gave up before you worked to conquer the obstacle that you believe is in your way.

Coaching Alex

Growing up, I lived a few blocks from the beach. By the time I came to my current hometown, I was already a solid surfer. So moving inland only took a few shifts in focus and I was on my way.

Later, I was given my first role as a surf coach for a surf shop. I began to scout out some talent to add to the team. Through a tip and a stack of letters I found a kid named Alex. Alex was a decent surfer for his young age but he was a far better skateboarder. From watching him skate, I noticed that he had developed a great style and his mechanics were decent too. I knew that this would provide the base to build and improve his surfing. I signed him up as fast as possible!

As we begun to surf together more frequently, he was always checking in and soliciting feedback on what he needed to work on. This separated him from the other kids as they waited for me to give feedback and were not as active in applying what I was teaching them.

With this attitude, he was eventually collecting trophies and doing well in an area known for the talent pool. I also made a big decision. We were in between two districts. One had talented surfers but the exposure level was lower and so was the overall depth of the field. He could easily qualify through this district.

The other was far harder and in fact it was the top district in the United States at that time. Qualifying would be extremely difficult. I signed him up for the second one. Competing against the best is the sure fire way to improve yourself.

Oh yeah! Alex lived 45 minutes from the beach on a good day and he was a minor so he had to get people to drive him if his parents could not go. So yes, you can be a bit inland and improve too! No excuses!

Now for you!

Step 1.

Decide that you can improve your surfing! If you are just dropping in to my site out of curiosity and surfing is not your thing then do not worry. This applies to a lot of other areas including your job performance, your eating habits, or whatever it is you are aiming to do. You do not have to set your goals as being a 75 year old pilot of a rocket to Mars if it is not feasible. Everyone wants to be decent and you can be a competent surfer and improve where you are at now.

The next steps will be coming very soon.

I promise!

And as usual…Feel free to ask any questions regarding your issues in the water. From basic questions to the super technical; I will gladly give advice.



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Noise to Note! #138

Some psychedelia infused into your music will only spruce things up a tad.

So will some reverb on the vocals and songs crafted upon the feel of riding down an empty highway on your bike.

Ask The Cult or The Jesus and Mary Chain.

The Black Angels – Bad Vibrations

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Gift in a Box

Way back in a small box, under other boxes; lies a few minutes captured.

The video is of my friends and I skateboarding. Our times came together and now over time we have all grown up and followed different paths.

The neighborhood has changed. Skate spots were buried for apartments and strip malls. Wooded areas cleared. Progress for some.

And it has dreams and futures extinguished. Young lives cut short. So families and friends can for a few moments have their departed ones back.

Pine Hills at that point was a special place. A combination and chemistry of the right people and a great geographic location. Many ramps and many ditches and people arrived there that were a bit surprising. But it allowed us to skate with people who were much better. A club close by that played cutting edge music. There was a lot going on.

So enjoy…Even if it is to laugh at the tube socks or the poorly designed ramp. Or the Sweeper my friends and I did on the ditch…an awful skate trick from the 80s that died a rightful death!

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Noise to Note! #137

Noise to Note!

The Pretenders – Talk of the Town.

And sorry to Mullet Killer…I know he wants more videos with senior citizens dancing and camera shots panning out from inside a microwave.

Next week, buddy!


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Noise to Note! #136

Noise to Note!


I have spoken about this part of writing before. Sometimes you just can not scrape up an idea if your life depended upon it. Other times, you are churning out draft after draft of subject matter. You have more ideas for posts than what you would want to publish in a week.

A month ago, I was searching YouTube and other music sites for anything that would inspire me. This past week, songs have been leaping into my lap like my wacked out Pitbull, Baxter.

So for this week…Kitchens of Distinction. Drive that Fast.

Regular guy rock!




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