Anatomy of a surfer
TAKE A PEEK INSIDE THE MINDSET AND MECHANICS OF INFLUENTIAL SURFERS OF OUR TIME...
NAME: STANLEY NORMAN AGE: 15 NATIONALITY: BRITISH
Are good surfers born or created? Probably a pinch of both. Bude is currently the breeding ground of a good chunk of Britain’s best, not to sure what they’re putting in the water there but it works.
Stan may still only be 15 but he’s been in the public eye for years. Been ripping since he was a tiny person. When we say small, we mean it, he was the ultimate micro-grom. The advantage of youth is learning power. The brain absorbs information a lot more efficiently while it’s growing. Minds open to new concepts makes surfing progression a lot easier when you’re a kid. If you started surfing at 30, this is your handy excuse for why you’re not punting air-revs: your brain isn't so hot at learning new ideas any more pard.
One of the ways you become a better surfer is by going surfing. The adage is that it takes 10,000 hours practice at anything to become an expert. Which is roughly 20 hours a week, every week, for ten years. Stan is a total frother. If there are waves, he doesn’t need telling twice. He’s suited up and skipping down the beach before most folks are even popping their fins on. Not sure if he’s hit the 10K mark yet, but he can’t be far off.
As noted Stan was a small human until relatively recently. Now his DNA has given the nod it’s time to grow man-sized he’s shooting up. On a recent trip to Snowdonia, one of the coaches asked one of the kids if she’d grown a lot recently? She had. He could tell. The new long levers and changed centre of gravity take some adjusting too. Which is where Stan is now, adapting to the new long levers and muscle mass that mean one thing: power. Where Stan takes his surfing next is a journey we’re fascinated to watch.