Is cold water surfing good for your health?

Wim Iceman Hof
Wim "Iceman" Hof


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Is it OK to destroy our oceans?

Kelly Slater talks about his commitment to ocean conservation.

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Wave Gardens; the future or a quick surf fix?

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Wave Gardens....the future of surfing or just another branch of the tree of surf?

Wave abundant Australia is planning to build a wave pool, strange? 

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Catching a wave - "the take off"

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Kelly Slater; making the impossible look possible

JWC talks about the dynamics of catching a wave.

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NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS; make that list...

we make that list but how often do we stick to it?

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Leading light in the darkness hahahahah

I am a happy, positive person although I have not always been this way, through trial and error, through pain and a bit of suffering I have found what works for me;

  • Self discipline for me is key to everything else
  • Be dedicated & motivated & prepared for change
  • Do the things that others don't want to do
  • Reduce material possession - I am always much freer and less stressed without clutter, grasping, fixing or holding. 
  • Be original don't be afraid to follow your own path as long as your heart is full of good intention
  • Surround yourself with positive, interesting & motivated people
  • Refrain from ALL intoxicants; you don't need them if you live a satisfied whole existence.  You will always lose they will always win.
  • Stop watching TV; this device corrupted, manipulated and infested my free thought for years.
  • Walk more often and leave the car at home - whilst walking my mind is super active and alert.
  • Immerse yourself in nature as often as you can.
  • Consume organic, locally produced, non packaged, no GMO food - one of the many reasons I now live in Portugal.
  • Take a back seat - sometimes its good to sit back and listen to friends or watch the world go on around you.
  • Think more local, act more local - supporting my fellows, a good word here, directing people there always works.  Banging your head against the walls around international politics is pointless; be the seeds of change.
  • Seek out visionaries of the future - change will come and those who adapt quickest will thrive and be able to help others.
  • Keep physical exercise & activity a priority in your life - you will never regret a healthier life.
  • Encourage, Support and be the facilitator of positivity in those around you
  • Be compassionate but distance yourself from those that act or talk about others in a negative way
  • Give people your views on how to make their lives happier, more content they will pretend not to listen but they actually will.
  • Seek knowledge & learn new things; with the internet it is possible to study subjects & interests without ever paying a University fee, after all who cares about a degree certificate, education is truly free.

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Justin west coaching notes.....

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Algarve U14 & U16 Champs Training Camp

justin west coaching notes.....

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Algarve Sub 14 & 16 Champ Training Camp 2

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Great to see Marcus & Yvonne again.  Yvonne and I have had a few coaching sessions over the last few years, I think this for Marcus is a total of 8 days coaching with me so we can really see progression from absolute beginner to improver, taking off on some nice green waves, looking down the line of the wave, timing the position one or hands to the rail, improving paddling technique, stand up, foot positioning and general stance.


Key learning objectives:



  1. Paddling technique
  2. Positioning on board
  3. Nose tail control with head
  4. Position 1 hold, gain control & direction
  5. Front foot positioning less than 45 degrees
  6. Twist in position one
  7. Chin up in take off look down the line of wave not straight or down
  8. Stance...bring hips forward less leaning most of the weight on front foot
  9. Compress using legs not bending at the waist

*to work on:

  1. Stand up drills in front of the mirror 50 reps per week



Key learning Objectives:



  1. Head & body positioning whilst paddling to gain better Nose to Tail trim control...using gravity to assist wave catching
  2. Engaging rail from take off, higher line
  3. Looking at the approaching wave
  4. adjusting direction
  5. Judging the degree of angle take off
  6. angle take offs 
  7. paddling entry angle
  8. leaning inside rail in position 1
  9. mid face turn
  10. back side surfing
  11. front side to back side turn

*to work on:

  1. Looking straight ahead & down
  2. Look down the line of the wave through the whole stand up routine
  3. Drills stand up drills 50 reps looking down an imaginary wave line