Surfing Resources

A collection of resources we have found online. Brain food for improving your surfing.

Surf Simply Podcast

Surf Simply is a surf school in Costa Rica and their Youtube channel is packed with great tutorials.

Mark Visser’s Surf Tips

Big wave charger & surf adventurer Mark Vissner shares his advanced surfing tips. More on

Be Water My Friend

“Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
- Bruce Lee

How to Set Goals: Picking the Right Visuals

Burton Ad

A Burton Ad – Does it get you amped for Winter?

aka. Leave that Microsoft money bag clip art alone.

Our mind responds to visuals. When we want to achieve something we first have to visualise what it will look and feel like. Picking the right images helps us visualise these outcomes. What makes a great image? There is really only one barometer – how much it excites you. What visuals gets you buzzed? Your enthusiasm is a measure of the motivation and the potential energy you can harness towards your goals.

“Enthusiasm is the energy and force that builds literal momentum of the human soul and mind.” – Bryant H. McGill

Here are some characteristics of awesome goal setting visuals

Personal – The visuals need to resonate with you. The more specific they are to you, the more you will resonate with them. If your goal is a holiday, don’t just clip an image of a deck chairs on beach. Get a photo of the cabana fronting the Shangrila Boracay where you will be sipping on a cocktail courtesy of the Solana bar. You may have to live vicariously through the holiday snaps of people on Flickr or Pinterest for this.

Clarity – You have to be as clear as you can about what you want. Your mind formulates the plan. Clear instructions makes it easy for the mind to go and do it’s work. Hazy instructions leads to confusion. The process of searching for the right visuals forces us to narrow down chioces and get specific about what our goals are.

Audacity – Certain brands have this down to an art form. Every shot in a Burton snowboarding catalog is bigger than life. Why do they do this? To get you excited. So why not use their imagery for your own goals.

Believability – At the same time, your visuals need to be believable. You won’t be invested if you don’t believe in it’s achievable. Starting with smaller goals builds up your confidence momentum. The more goals you smash, the more you can stretch the achievable.

money bag

Does this motivate anyone apart from bank robbers?

John Goddard’s Goals on Jutsu

John Goddard

I remember reading about John Goddard in J.Canfield’s the Success Principles. Here was the original Indiana Jones, a scientist, academic and adventurer. An iconoclast who achieved so much in multiple dimensions in life. Jim was nicknamed the ultimate goal setter because he had made a “life list” of places he wanted to visit, peaks he wanted to climb, and experiences he wanted to achieve when he was just 17, and set about his whole life completing them. All 127 goals.

Here is a tribute to John Goddard – the ultimate achiever. Check it out. Get inspired and think about your own goals.

Thanks to for the source.

The mind of a World Snowboard Cross Champion

“One thing snowboarding has taught me and especially racing is staying really present, right in the moment. You can get to the bottom and relive it a hundred times. But that moment probably won’t happen again.”

“Setting yourself a goal where there is only one place you can finish, where you can be 100% satisfied, to come through with a win of that tile.. it felt like a real achievement”

Alex Pullin – Australian World Snowboard Champion

My Definite Chief Aim by Bruce Lee

Absorb what is useful


Bruce Lee, legendary martial artist & film star was not only a student of the fighting arts. His library consisted of works of religion, philosophy and personal development by thought leaders such as Krishnamurti, DT Suzuki & Alan Watts. Bruce incorporated learnings from a wide range of disciplines to shape his own personal philosophy which would become the art of Jeet Kune Do. He truly lived by the saying – “Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own”.

One of the most fascinating insights into his mind is this secret letter that he penned to himself. An exercise he “absorbed” from Napolean Hill on writing down your definite chief aim. The life of the little dragon demonstrates the power of goal setting in achieving your dreams. Learn from the master and take some time to work out what you want from life and what you are willing to give in return.

My Definite Chief Aim

I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental super star in the United States. In return I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capacity of an actor. Starting 1970 I will achieve world fame and from then onward till the end of 1980 I will have in my possession $10,000,000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness.

Bruce Lee
Jan. 1969

Thank you 2013!




Shu Ha Ri – the stages of learning



Shu Ha Ri is a concept by 17th century  Japanese Swordsman Harigaya Sekiun which describes the stages of training for a martial artist.

Shu – the protecting stage

This stage is represented symbolically as a chick inside an egg. The egg is the form – the technique or concept that is being trained.

The student is the chick developing within the form. They train the fundamental form as they are taught through repetition.

Ha – the breaking stage

This stage is symbolised by the chick breaking free of the egg. The student has mastered the fundamentals. Their techniques flow freely and they correctly apply it in all situations.

Ri – the leaving stage.

At this stage – the fully matured bird flies away from the egg. The student has left the egg (form) behind. They have reached maturity in their training where the idea of form and techniques themselves disappear.

Shu Ha Ri tells us that the aim of training is freedom from the very techniques we are training.
“When one has reached maturity in the art, one will have a formless form. It is like ice dissolving in water. When one has no form, one can be all forms; when one has no style, he can fit in with any style.” - Bruce Lee

You can fly very high

Ayrton Senna

“On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, ‘Okay, this is the limit’. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.”

Ayrton Senna