In episode five Donald introduces Jimmy Thompson. The two chat about how to progress in surfing, being in the right mental and physical place, re-setting in the water, setting expectation, looking too far down the line, bottom turns and body surfing. Enjoy!

Hosted by Donald Brink @DonaldBrink and Ashton Pickle @AH.Vessels

Sponsor: Vissla


YouLane is . . . A year spent experimenting with boards and concepts shared together with Ashton Pickle. Learning together shapes you. Connecting weekly, recording these every three months and holding things loosely within the framework which we designed and committed to. Ashton is a talented shaper and excellent surfer. A husband and father of three.Specifically designing and shaping twin fin surfboards, for all wave types. I appreciate his vulnerability and willingness to spend this year together and record these with me for you all. Together we learn. Jimmy Thompson sits in on episode 5 and explains how he understands surfing and the places these twin fins and designs have taken him and his surfing. The goal of the entire “YouLane” concept is to find someone in your life with whom you can create a structure and framework that suits you. Learn, live, share.Repeat.

Episode 5 Notes:

*South Carolina
*Riding Albums, Colapinto’s and now AH Vessels
*How do you progress in surfing?
*Being in the right mental and physical place.
*Watching good surfing and studying it.
*Riding good and other waves.
*Setting the mind to surf & within the water re-setting it.
*Nigerian funk and Jazz
*Figure skating and tennis.
*Others pushing themselves to their limit outside of surfing as inspiration.
*Re-setting in the water, riding a wave simply.
*Setting expectations of the ocean.
*Looking too far down a wave.
*Reading the sections
*Probably wrong to think about anything past the turn, just think about the turn you are in.
*Setting up first things on a wave.
*Bottom turn don’t pump.
*Body surfing.
*Variety of craft
*borrowing concepts between the lessons from board to board.
*What are you looking for in a board you love?
*Writing things down: “preconceptions for a design, then post surf review.
*Giving a board a chance.
*How Ashtons boards have changed. Throughout the year.
*Jumping ship to other boards or not.
*Why grow together as surfer/ shaper.
*Surfers who inspire you.
*Why not just ride a thruster ?
*Adjusting your surfing to equipment.
*Linking arms and walking a path together.
*Linking arms and surfing together for a year as a concept.
*Try show someone else what they surf like to lear and feel. Weirdly, conceptually interesting, untried nor tested.
*Concepts you learn from surfing taken into the rest of life.
*Inspiration and growth.
*Stay in your lane.
*Talking to yourself in the water.
*Headspace before you surf and inner dialog
*Singing to yourself in the water.
*Board colors.
*Favorite time of day to surf.
*Long sessions.
*Be observant, work hard, and have fun.
*Mimic someone else’s surfing with them.
*To teach is to learn, to learn together is to go deep.


Sponsor: Vissla

Host, Producer: Donald Brink @DonaldBrink

Host: Ashton Pickles @AH.Vessels


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