Tuesday, August 21st
I mentioned two days ago that I'm curious about being more efficient or coordinated in my surfing movements. I decided to google Brad Gerlach. Brad is an iconic surfer who in the 90's finished as high as 2nd in the World. Brad has also developed a system of land training for surfing called Wave Ki. I've been trying to figure out what Wave Ki is for quite a while, but the details remain vague.
I was able to find this interview with him that had a number of gems, link and quotes to follow:
Tell us a little about Wave Ki.
"It’s the method of teaching that I developed through my study of martial arts with my two sensei’s Adrian Crook and Laura McCormac, adding in my countless hours of surfing. I teach people how to harness the power of the wave through efficient movement and awareness of themselves. Wave Ki is practiced on land and mimics surfing."
Your dad was a diving champion and gave you great advice with your surfing. What was some of the best advice he gave you about life, love and work ethics?
"He has given me a lot of advice: Don’t go around with no cash, like don’t be that guy. Don’t get married too young, lots of women out there. Look people in the eye and give a firm hand shake. A good deal is one that is good for both parties. There is always something to learn. Show up when you say you are going to, your word is everything. Don’t smoke a lot of pot, just a little if there’s pressure, lol. That was a funny one when I was 15. He said it will make you stupid and you don’t need to smoke more than one hit to get high....where he has been the biggest influence is with my surfing.
It would take up a lot of space here if I were to go into it, but basically he taught me to look for efficient movement, and that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, so if you do something that doesn’t give you speed or control then it’s unnecessary and will probably look shit.
He is very blunt but very smart. He saw things that I didn’t see and he showed me and talked to me about them over and over. I feel like he passed down his eye for beautiful movement."
If 20-year-old Brad could speak to Brad Now, what would he say?
"Work to be more flexible than anyone else in your sport. Stay focused on surfing, the women will come to you :)"
From another interview:
"Wake up super early, be the first one out and last one in the water, be prepared and don’t be a cheap skate. That’s the worst and will keep you from being invited on fun trips that are essential for your growth. Please have good manners, read books on successful athletes, and other topics to educate yourself, ask questions, be a good listener, stay away from being on your phone too much, Say Thank You to anyone who helps you even if it’s the smallest thing like the janitor at the airport who opens the door to the bathroom for you. learn to be charming, especially to flight and hotel staff and learn some jokes. People love to laugh and will go out of their way to help you if they like you."
Cable Internal Rotation - Elbow In 50lbs x 20 each x 2 sets
Chin-Ups x 8, 5, 4, 4
DB Bench 55's x 12, 10, 9, 7
Seated Cable Rows 50lbs x 15, 55lbs x 12, 12, 15
DB Seated Arnold Press 35's x 8 x 2 sets; Push-Downs 50lbs x 12 x 2 sets
BB Curl 60lbs x 8 x 2 sets
Ab Machine [with abs and TVA] x 12, 9, 7, 5
45 Degree Side Bends [with TVA] +10lbs x 12, 12, 12, 10
Roman Chair Knee Raise [with abs and TVA] x 8, 7, 5, 4
Cable Reverse Fly 25lbs x 15, 12, 12; 20lbs x 12
DB Side-Lying External Rotation 7.5lbs x 20 each x 2 sets
Stretch Chest - Bent, Chest - Straight, Rear Delts, Biceps, Lats - Bent Leg, Lats - Straight Leg, Triceps, Hip Flexors, Lying Twist, Abs