Anatomy of a surfer
TAKE A PEEK INSIDE THE MINDSET AND MECHANICS OF INFLUENTIAL SURFERS OF OUR TIME...
NAME: SEB SMART AGE: 25 HEIGHT: 6’1” & A HALF NATIONALITY: CORNISH
Seb Smart is an intriguing surfer. Growing up out west in Cornwall away from the traditional surf towns has led to a unique, free thinking, spirited, high performance surfer who does things his own way. We asked him what makes him tick.
1 Creativity It comes from a cocktail of observations. I look at surfers, skateboarders and snowboarders, even people who box or dance, anything that involves your body and flow. I think that combined with some intuition and skill of your own, it sort of morphs into something unique. I wouldn't say I have a unique style but I'm flattered to hear that.
2 Training I’ve just started boxing again it’s good training. Surfing alone definitely gets you surf fit, which seems to be a type of fitness it’s difficult to get elsewhere. After one surf I’ve paddled miles, compressed off my legs explosively over and over again, and popped up to my feet over and over again, and slammed over and over again. When I think like that surfing does it all, I think getting smashed surely helps with flexibility too. I've witnessed and experienced some pretty crazy shapes getting thrown out there. Boxing really does help, again its a flow/rhythm thing, it’s about moving creatively and constantly trying to move and flow, using your whole body as a tool. Watch Muhammad Ali's old fights, he moved like water. In New Zealand my girlfriend and I went to watch a group of Mãori perform war dances, they showed us how they would pick up sticks and move them round their whole body, chucking it, catching it and flicking it around, it was something they did to exercise their body, timing, rhythm, and field of energy, it was cool to see and something I could relate to with boxing and also surfing.
3 Diet I change the oil every morning for my parents chippy, and I’m still not bored of fish & chips. I'm definitely being way more aware this year though of what I'm eating. I’m 25 now, I now start feeling things, if I go on a bad food bender, which can occur out the blue, I do suffer. I can't paddle fast when I get in the sea, your brain’s in your gut, you gotta keep it switched on if you wanna perform well in anything.