Is This The World's Best (Or Worst) Pre-Surf Snack? - Stab Mag

Is This The World’s Best (Or Worst) Pre-Surf Snack?

Cole McCaffray eats uncooked rice and peanut butter, gets multiple prolific tubes.

elsewhere // Aug 5, 2023
Words by Holden Trnka
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

In a hotly contested listicle, Paul Evans once staked some heavy claims regarding the rankings of the best post-surf foods.

Although the ecstasy of filling ones salty, dehydrated system with blessed nutrients and flavors is one of life’s finer pleasures, we mustn’t overlook the pre-surf snack.

In fact, the substances you subject yourself to before a session may have a far more critical impact on your actual surfing. Anyone who has gorged themself on an oversized breakfast burrito before paddling through trenches of beachbreak whitewater without proper digestion knows exactly what I’m talking about.

Mayo Clinic suggests ‘that eating or drinking carbohydrates before exercise can improve workout performance and may allow you to work out for a longer time or at a higher intensity. Eating too much before you exercise can leave you feeling sluggish. Eating too little might not give you the energy you need to keep feeling strong throughout your workout.”

Personally, I’m a singular pre-surf banana sorta guy (I even sometimes indulge in peanut butter and banana on toast.) I know many others who refuse to surf without a proper breakfast of eggs, bacon, bread, etc.

Smoothies, avocados, cereal, jaffles, and any number of Ted’s Bakery pastries are all fair choices.

However, I have never, ever, heard of someone mixing peanut butter and (uncooked!) rice as flippantly or as confidently as Cole McCaffray does above.

“When you’re on a budget surf trip without much food, peanut butter and rice is there for you,” he says. “You can’t it mess up. Got rice? Ya. Got peanut butter? Ya. Mix that shit up and go surf, energy for hours!”

Looks like it… works?


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