In Chasing Mavericks, Frosty gives Jay some lessons outside of the basic surfing protocol, including his ‘Four Pillars of Strength.’ In this feature we’ll outline each pillar and give you tips for how you can use these in your day-to-day life, including memory tricks, healthy eating, facing your fears and thinking big. Be sure to catch Chasing Mavericks on Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultraviolet now!
In Chasing Mavericks, Jay must demonstrate his physical strength by paddling 28.5 miles from Santa Cruz to Monterey Bay. This is a tough challenge, as it requires incredible strength to complete. This pillar is about taking care of your health and well-being.
· Walking three times a week for 30-minutes can improve your health.
· Balance your diet, try having vegetables as half of each meal and see the difference
· Sleep well, 7-9 hours of sleep is a must if you are serious about your physical strength
To prepare for Mavericks, Jay had to study the ocean current, tides and wave patterns, and how these different elements work together. Understanding when to paddle out, when to drop in on a wave, how to use an ocean current to save energy can be the difference between life and death when dealing with 40 to 60 foot waves. Mental strength is key and memory tricks are a great mental workout:
· Next time you're on a bus or in the car, limber up your memory by thinking of as many words as possible that begin with the letter A, then work your way through the alphabet.
· Try to remember 15 details of your life at a particular time, such as Obama’s inauguration
· Try remembering a list of objects or people from one category in the space of one minute, for example: American presidents, capital cities, famous scientists or types of fruit.
Jay learns that he must face his fears head on when he gets in a situation that causes anxiety such as seeing a Shark. When fear becomes too overwhelming it can drown a person. Jay is able to address his fear and let go of the pain of his father leaving his mother and this frees him.
· Address your emotions, know when your stressed and take steps rather than burying it
· Don’t fear change, the unknown can make us anxious but embrace change as it comes
· Know your weaknesses and when to ask for help, this will stop you getting overwhelmed
While this pillar is not addressed extensively in the movie, Jay does mention that his life purpose is to surf Mavericks. His passion and drive to push his limits helps him achieve an iconic status in the surfing world. Having spiritual strength is not limited to people with religious affiliations.
· See the big picture, do not limit life to only your viewpoint
· Seek a higher purpose, this stops complacency and encourages us to achieve
· Have faith, trusting in something or someone other than yourself will help your spiritual strength
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