Anatomy of a surfer


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HEIGHT: 5'11" NA­TION­AL­ITY: AUS­TRALIAN PHYS­I­CAL Mick is de­cep­tively ripped, he looks skinny in pho­tos but in the flesh he’s a big guy, a taut 5’11” and one that is keenly aware of how his body works. He keeps in peak con­di­tion by util­is­ing any method that will ben­e­fit him. 2 MEN­TAL

Mick has a men­tal tough­ness that makes him a fierce com­peti­tor. He’s no stranger to tragedy and keep­ing a ca­reer on track through the deaths of his brothers over the course of his ca­reer is hard to com­pre­hend. He also sur­vived a ridicu­lous sea­son end­ing in­jury. Not to men­tion star­ing down a ruddy big shark at J-bay and the re­sul­tant world­wide me­dia glare.

It’s that tenac­ity and men­tal for­ti­tude that saw him not only come back to J-bay in 2016 but to win the damn thing. In the mind games arena there are few who can psyche Mick out. As strong as his char­ac­ter is he is also open minded, an ap­proach that man­i­fests it­self in his… 3 TRAIN­ING

Mick was one of the early con­verts to ded­i­cated train­ing and diet as surf­ing flipped from ‘all the train­ing I need is to go surf­ing’ at­ti­tude of the last cen­tury. The ‘fastest man in surf­ing’ was renowned for his fierce gym rou­tines and flex­i­bil­ity. Af­ter an in­jury that would’ve fin­ished a lot of ca­reers he toned the strength train­ing down and ex­plored wider pos­si­bil­i­ties. Along with trainer Nam Bald­win he now leads the tour pro pack in breath train­ing. Be­ing able to hold your breath for five min­utes is the pre­serve of free divers, the elite big wave crew and Mick. He’s also been ex­plor­ing ice bathing. (Google Nam for more de­tails on his meth­ods). 4 IN­JURIES

Mick suf­fered one of the most fa­mous surf­ing in­juries, up there with Tom Car­roll’s ‘board to ring’ in­ci­dent in Ja­pan. He tore his ham­string clean off stuff­ing up a floater in Indo. Which is as a re­ally hard thing to com­pre­hend. In his words the fix wasn’t much fun: “What they do with it is they slice the back of your arse open and peel it back. Then they drill into your arse bone and put, like, a grap­pling hook in there. It's so strong the doc­tor said he was lift­ing me off the ta­ble just with the hook. And then they sew the lig­a­ment onto the grap­pling hook…”


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