Listen: Clayton Nienaber on Surf Mastery
Rightio, time to don the headphones and listen to the melodious tones of Clayton Nienaber.
Clayton is an ex-South African pro, plus surfboard shaper, plus coach, plus the owner of a golden set of pipes that make tuning in to this podcast a sheer delight. Clayton makes his points via calm, precise explanations rather than vocal histrionics.
And the points he makes are worth your time.
The talk is generally centred around a revelation Clayton had ten years ago when he rode one of Kelly Slater's boards. After many years of being frustrated at pro surfers who were unable to explain their technique - they simply couldn't articulate what their muscles intuitively do - the lightbulb went off while fanging through Supertubes on a Slater giveaway.
That insight now informs most, perhaps all, of Clayton's surf coaching - one small nugget grew into a great seam of knowledge.
You'll have to click over to the Surf Mastery webpage as there's a vid of Kelly you'll need to watch while listening to a later part of the convo.
Also, if you want to hear more from Clayton, and hear it in person, then consider the coaching trip Clayton is holding at Macaronis this January.