Anatomy of a surfer

TAKE A PEEK IN­SIDE THE MIND­SET AND ME­CHAN­ICS OF IN­FLU­EN­TIAL SURFERS OF OUR TIME...

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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.

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