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Nathan Florence Lives On Frosted Flakes And Fish

Not just corn.

elsewhere // Jan 4, 2023
Words by Holden Trnka
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Well, we’ve got more Nate Florence content for ya, and it’s not a vlog this time.

Recently, GQ did an interview with the thunder-thighed corn-loving Hawaiian regarding his recent world-travel, what he eats on a daily basis, and brotherhood.

The article provided a variety of surf-adjacent info which we wouldn’t normally be seeking, courtesy of GQ residence outside our miniscule microcosm. There’s a unique perspective available when a professional surfer explains surfing to someone outside of surf culture, as though in simplicity there’s room for new interpretation on well-worn subjects.

Regarding brotherhood, Nate has some wonderful insight into the success of the Florence trio.

“John’s passion was world titles. He wanted to be the best surfer in the world, not the best big-wave surfer in the world. I wanted to push limits in heavy water, so I chased that. I feel like when you lean into your strengths, it’s easy to learn and progress and get better. That’s what each of us did: leaned hard into what we were really interested in in the micro-categories of surf, and it worked out.”

He also says that he pees in his wetsuit every thirty minutes. Is that normal? Do I do that? I’ve never thought about it. 

If only smart-watches could track how many times the average punter pisses each session. 

For you calorie-counting surfers out there, here’s some of what Nate had to say.

“On a regular day, if I didn’t do anything, it would be 2,000 or 2,500 calories. A full fucking surf day would be a 6,000-calorie burn day. You’re spending so much time in the water that you know you’re not going to get that amount of food back in. My goal on those days is to eat as much as I absolutely can. I eat a lot of meat and I eat a ton of carbs so I can go again the next day. I need to prioritize self-restraint more. I rationalize on those big surf days that I can eat whatever I want. Late night comes along, and, Should I eat a giant bowl of Frosted Flakes? Yeah, I will. And I’m, like, Fuck, I shouldn’t have done that. [Laughs.]”

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