Episode #387: Fighting Fear with Big Wave Surfer, Mark Mathews

June 11, 2020

Mark Mathews is a professional big wave surfer who has made a living surfing waves up to 50 feet big.

He is a Red Bull athlete, has won three Oakley Big Wave Awards, and has featured in several documentaries, including Fighting Fear, alongside UFC fighter Richie Vaculik, and the forthcoming On The Other Side of Fear.

While surfing in Tasmania, fifteen feet in front of a cliff in cold, shark infested waters, Mark hit a reef and instantly blacked out. Neck braced and hospital-ridden, he didn’t know if he could ever surf again.

We unpacked a whole lot in this 80 minute conversation, including:

  1. Mark’s childhood in the Sydney beachside suburb of Maroubra
  2. What makes a big wave surfer
  3. Near death experiences
  4. Recovering from a life and career-threatening injury
  5. Cultivating discipline and resilience in the surf and in life

You can also check out the video version of this podcast, complete with surf footage Mark and I refer to, at the new Future Squared YouTube channel.

With that, I bring you the one and only, Mark Mathews.

Topics Discussed:

  1. Childhood
  2. Where the motivation to surf big waves came from
  3. Affiliation with the Bra Boys
  4. What it’s like to ride and wipe out on a big wave
  5. Becoming a professional surfer
  6. Near death experiences
  7. The psychology of flow
  8. Goal-setting and feedback loops
  9. Getting back on the board after a near death experience
  10. Cultivating mental resilience
  11. Suffering a life and career threatening injury
  12. Mental and physical rehabilitation, and what Mark learned during this time
  13. An attitude of gratitude
  14. The Other Side Of Fear documentary
  15. Surfing at Jaws, Cyclops, and Shipstern’s Bluff

Show Notes:

IG: @markmathewssurf

W: www.markmathews.com

LI: www.linkedin.com/in/mathewsmark

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About steve glaveski

Your host and occasional cybernetic organism, Steve Glaveski, is committed to helping people better navigate the growing uncertainty that technology change brings, in order to survive, thrive, create more value for the world and lead more fulfilling lives.

Steve is the CEO and co-founder of innovation accelerator Collective Campus, founder of children's entrepreneurship program Lemonade Stand, author of Amazon best-seller The Innovation Manager's Handbook and the Wiley books, Time Rich, and Employee to Entrepreneur, investor in blockchain based fractional property investment platform Konkrete and is a keynote speaker and startup advisor.

When not fighting T-1000s Steve can be found in the gym, hiking, skating at the beach, attempting standup comedy, at a heavy metal show or socially lubricating at a whisky bar.

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