A Motocross rider I used to work with, coaching in developing his mental strength and building his confidence back after injury, chose Factory Honda rider Ken Roczen as his inspiration. When Ken Roczen crashed and injured his arm badly, he fought to return to racing, and when he came back, he came back fighting, he never gave up and started winning. I'd ask this young rider when he doubted himself "What would Ken do"? The answer was always positive.
In the realms of surfing, mine has to be Tyler Hatzikian. One of the nicest people I've ever met, once sitting and drinking tea on a chilly autumn day in North Devon, and then having the pleasure of surfing with him at Sennen back in 2005/6.
I'm sharing this as I need to find my motivation for surfing, it seems to have left me a little right now as I've focused all my energy on riding my mountain bike but I have genuinely good reason for this focus, you could call it research, and the progression, and riding has been full of stoke this winter. But with Spring nearly here, the longboard is screaming to be ridden, and the urge to get in the ocean is really strong, maybe just a mental. The drop knee turn that Tyler does is all-time, the power and the performance of his turns inspired me to learn these before I'd even met Tyler, I practised over and over, using a skateboard until I could do them. I do love a dropknee....Just watch this lovely film by Jason Baffa, watch out for the drop knee turn.