FlexinThis is my trainer, Richard Robinson.I say trainer but I’m not really sure that is the best term for what he does. Strength and conditioning coach, sports scientist, drowning zebra rescuer....I’m never sure what title to give to him, I’ll explain the zebra thing in due course. Rich isn’t one of the guys you see in a gym with the words Personal trainer or PT proudly written in large letters on his polo shirt counting the reps out loudly so everyone can hear. In fact getting him to tell you anything about the stuff he has done and achieved is ridiculously difficult. Former Mr Natural UK, for those of you who don’t know, that means without steroids or growth hormone etc. A degree in sports science and years of working with top athletes, body builders, running health companies and instructing personal trainers and advising on diet to all sorts of people are some of the things he has done that I’ve managed to whangle out of him and that’s just cos i’ve known him for so long. Im not going to bore you by going into loads of depth about the stuff he works on with me but to give you an example. At the start of this winter season he changed my under water training to a very specific re-enactment of being held inside by continual huge waves that only allow me to surface momentarily before the next one hits me. Quite often in big surf I might get caught and wear one or two on the head before getting washed through but his plan was going to prepare me for as many as 10 successive waves on the head with little or no air after fully exerting myself by either catching a wave or falling. It came in handy the other day when I got cleaned up by 8 waves in a set, eventually got into the channel seeing stars only to wear a further 6 on the head and then 20 minutes later another 2. I had flashbacks under water to the training id been doing and it really made me relax and just go with the flow knowing that I can deal with whatever comes my way.
This may appear like a shameless plug for Richard and in
some ways it is but he is really good at what he does and i’ve seen a lot of
people benefit from working with him. I have
recommended him to quite a few people in all walks of life for diet and fitness
stuff and he gets results for them if they are determined in what they are
trying to achieve.
Oh and the zebra thing….No word of a lie, a zebra was
drowning in Portrush harbour and he helped rescue it in his boat! So when you see the guy in the gym with the
polo shirt on and the big letters on the back ZEBRA RESCUER you’ll know that’s
Reef Inspection (photo credit Big Wave World Tour)
I’m fortunate enough to have been photographed by award winning photographer Charles McQuillan over the past few months. Besides his amazing work I have to admit this man is a driven beast. For someone who doesn’t really swim and complains about me not drying his wetsuit properly to then go into the water with me despite a heart condition says it all. Charles has turned into a great friend along the way with this photo story and I know this is only the beginning of him following me. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you Charles and I know those wetsuits have a much warmer drier home at your house than mine! I’ve learned a lot from you and I will never forget this line “The opportunity will present itself”.
Full photographs are here….http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/gallery/2012/10/05/chasing-the-waves/
Tomorrow in The Irish Times Fionola Meredith has written a piece to go along with the photographs in the Saturday Magazine. Fionola is an award winning writer based in Belfast. Thanks for writing again on me Fionola.
Also big thank you to Richard Robinson who has helped with these photos in lots of ways!
I have just released the second edition of my book Surfing mennie Waves. The book is a re-edit of the original but has lots more photos than the print version. Im lucky to have such a good group of photographers around me and the book is filled with their photos. All the guys Conn Osborne, Gary McCall, Aaron Pierce etc are all friends of mine and I’m so lucky I can look back on memorable moments through the images they captured. Thanks guys. Also want to say a massive thanks to Margaret Robinson for helping me and to Paul Sampson and Alan Simpson for their input.
It is currently available for download from amazon. If you do not have a kindle device you can download the free kindle application for your ipad, iphone, pc computer etc and read it on there.
Volkan Watches are a new company based in the Canary Islands. It is a great privilege to be asked to be an ambassador for them and I am grateful that they have chosen me. Check out their watches and website here…Includes photos from local man Conn Osborne.
Volkan-Watches was founded by French native, Samuel Cohen. Samuel is a watch aficionado and a long time Surfer and Kite surfer. After being in the business of import and the production of jewelry for the last 15 years’, Samuel decided to combine his business with his extreme sports and turn his dream into realty. His goal was to create a high quality product, sylishly designed and affordable to meet the times we are living in.
Volkan is that dream.
JP has just sent me over some new boards for the winter complete with future fins. Excited to try them out.