Robert Parker in Bali

Robert Parker in Bali
blog contributor Robert Parker Surfing Bali

Monday, June 1, 2015

Getting in better condition.

This year has been a slow starter for me.  There are a couple of reasons for that.  First, I don't like surfing in cold water.  The winter water temps here is FL are about the same and sometimes colder than CA.  That means wet suits and booties.  I got a new West wet suit at the start of the year.  Frankly,  it wears me out just getting it on.  Booties are great for keeping your feet warm but, they add a lot of weight.  Anyways, I didn't surf as much this winter as I usually do.

The other thing that happen was I gained a few extra pounds.  It really made a big difference in my paddle power in a negative way.  A good friend suggested that I change my diet to organic vegetables.  My girlfriend and I stopped eating beef and pork products.  We also starting eating only fresh vegetables.  Those two things made a huge difference.  As a result I lost 10 pounds.  Now, I'm able to scratch into waves much easier and I have a lot more energy.  That was the single most important adjustment I made.  Anyways, it gave me the outcome I wanted.

For the last couple months I been surfing a lot more and enjoying it more than ever.  I'm continuing to eat health and surfing when the opportunity arises.  The other factor that gets me out in the water are my friends.  The guys that live and surf here are very good.  It's great to go down to the beach and see friends in the parking lot or in the line up.  Most everyone treats one another fairly and altercations are rare.

This should be a fun summer and hopefully we'll get some good waves.  


  1. Thanks for being honest about these challenges, They are all things some of us dinged-up, beat up old surfers face. I'm recovering from neck nerve damage and it's a long process. I miss surfing badly.

    1. Good luck in your recovery. I hope you're able to get back in the water soon.