What’s up folks!!! I’ve been missing you all, missing the show, writing, surfing… It’s been a crazy journey for us in the past 8 months, but it’s time to come back out from under the rock and share what I’ve been up to…
First and foremost our family appreciates all the well wishes for Sarah, we had some scary times, but she’s doing very well and has taken on this challenge with incredible strength and grace. Our kids are taking on Florida life, school, activities better than we hoped. They might like living here more now – who would have thought?
Chase Kosterlitz is down in Nosara, running Blue Zone SUP with Oscar and they are kicking ass. I can say that from a technical surfing standpoint, Blue Zone is the best camp on the planet. I just spent the week with them running a small group of friends. Still can’t believe that I got to spend a few years pretending surfing was my job, coaching, writing, learning the sport… and I’m super happy it won’t go away. With Oscar and Chase, Blue Zone is stronger than ever and I’ll get to drop in and pretend I’m working every couple months. You’ll see a ton of improvements coming, and I’m stoked with the new energy that Chase and Oscar are bringing! (more…)
Chase Kosterlitz, best known from his accolades in the SUP racing world has joined us on the Blue Zone SUP team and will be coaching in Costa Rica this year starting in November. Chase is also an incredible surfer and I’m pumped to have him on the team as his skillset in paddling, surfing and coaching will be a huge asset. His path to surfing is different from both Oscar, our other coach, and mine, in that Chase started as a racer and then moved into surfing four years ago. That’s the path that about 50% of our guests are taking and the strategic move to bring on Chase is to be able to communicate more effectively with our racing/touring clientele.
On this episode of the podcast we discuss how we met in the Bahamas this year at the JP dealer meeting, how flow has impacted our lives and how surfing is the highest form of flow we’ve yet discovered, and we get to know Chase and his athletic background.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot for the upcoming season, availability starts in late November and we’re running through April.
Hey there… Here’s a quick video breakdown from some footage sent in by Ryan. If you’re interested in having me break down some of your video send me an email or make a donation on my patreon page. And, if you like instruction like this, but want to get immediate feedback on great waves reserve your spot at Blue Zone SUP for this upcoming season.
Raw Video Breakdown #3 – Ryan from The Progression Project on Vimeo.
Anders Ericsson is the author of Peak
and the world’s leading expert on what it takes to become truly great at something. He’s studied masters in different fields and has discovered the common practices that separate the best from the rest. Our conversation covers deliberate practice, how to use mental representations, the skills that our kids should be learning, and why we grow to love things as we are becoming better.
The podcast with Anders goes hand-in-hand with episode 1 with Josh Waitzkin
. Anders has done more research than anyone on mastery and understands the commonalities of the best. Josh has been at the tip of the spear in chess, Tai Chi push hands, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and in The Art of Learning explains in details his process of mastery.
In the conversation we reference my Paddlewoo Podcast with Kai Lenny. You can listen to that here
The Importance of Quality in Mental Representation
Since our forced move to the states I’ve been finding flow where I can. One of those places is on the e-kart track. In Jacksonville we have an Autobahn Speedway that has e-karts which go insanely fast given the short track. The laps are electronically timed, and there is a screen after the timeline where you see your time on every lap. It’s the fasted deliberate practice loop I’ve found for a complex activity.
Driving is in my blood more than surfing. My dad raced cars, and I got my first go-kart at 10 years old. I love driving, and have found myself drawn to the track after a day of no surf or wind.
I’m getting better, times have dropped to within 1 second of the best track times, 18.4, but that last second is exponential. The closer you get the harder it is. Last week I plateaued at a 19.3.
The race gene is in both of my kids, and it’s a great family activity. We draw lines and strategize passes, then go test our ideas. On Monday my daughter and I decided to go early in hopes that we could drive together. Usually juniors and adults can’t, but if the track is empty they will allow it. We wanted to drive together so I could show her some new lines. The track was, and we shared an insane race and in following me she knocked a second off her best time.
It just so happened that Chris, the overall track leader, was there at the same time. He used to work at the speedway and now shows up early to drive before it gets crowded. I asked him if he would race with me and let me follow his lines. He agreed.
Driving is like anything else. At some point we didn’t know anything. We find what works for us and then get better at doing it and then we level off somewhere. The thing is, we rarely initially land on the best practice for a skill. So, our subsequent refinement is getting us better, but the foundation isn’t ideal. And no amount of practice will get us to the tip of the spear.
Following Chris blew my minid. His lines were completely counterintuitive to the way I approached the course. My goal had always been to shorten the track while smoothing out the corners, driving the shortest fast distance. But in two corners Chris lengthened the track, actually diving outside, staying wide and fast for an additional 8 feet and then diving in, carrying 4 or 5mph more through the turn. Trading speed for distance. These lines weren’t in my database for driving representations.
Chris let me follow him for 12 laps at a distance of 2 to 4 feet. It might be the most pure mental representation experience that I’ve ever felt. In those laps I was able to internalize his lines, how they felt, and can now run visualizations that I had never imagined.
So, the next time you’re hitting a plateau, maybe working harder isn’t the answer. Maybe it’s time to find a better model.
Erik Logan is a unique voice in the world of paddling. He’s achieved success on global scale, both in running SiriusXM and now the Oprah Winfrey Network. His love of paddle surfing started at the age of 42 when his wife gave him a wetsuit… I wonder if she had any clue where it would lead.
Erik makes time for the people and activities he cares about, and that extends beyond the water to helping his friends in career and business pursuits. His group of friends, Kalama, Laird, Dave Boehne, Brent Deal, to name a few, combined with his willingness to help and in some instances partner, has given Erik an insider’s, vested vantage point to our sport.
And it’s landed him on the board of USA Surfing, where he’s using his effectiveness and business acumen to help our sport grow. And we say thanks!
If you didn’t listen to my first podcast with Erik Logan click here.
Below are some photos of the US Nationals that were held by USA Surfing in San Diego in June. Izzi Gomez and Emmy Merrill, and Sean Poynter and Giorgio Gomez will be representing the US for surfing in Denmark this year at the ISA World Games.