Four years down the line, 12 episodes in, and we are back where we started, Costa Rica. Generally in sport athletes have a shelf-life and after they hit their 30s you would see a decline in performance. These days it seems that things are changing, and there's a select few which seem to get better with age and have rewritten the book – the obvious example here is Kelly, being a true testament that if you live a healthy active life then improvements and success can be sustained.
Surfing's not a sport which can be mastered, I guess that's what makes is it so damn addictive, so stay healthy, keep the froth alive and get out there and push your abilities.
Bringing it back to what were doing, I can confidently say that every episode we do I see an improvement in Stokesy's performance, and there's no sign of him slowing down. It's not just a simple as going out there and just ripping harder, I think it starts by having a pure addiction to the sport you love and wanting to improve. I see progression, and not just in the water, a lot comes down to your mental and physical state, making sure you are putting the right things into your body and having the confidence to attempt new things without worry of injury. Stokesy says, ''I don't feel like I'm getting older, I feel like a wiser, stronger 15-year-old!''
I constantly get random messages of froth after he's pushed his performance. To most it just reads like gibberish and for a second you would swear you're talking to a teenage grom but it's that kind of childlike excitement that keeps you fresh and enables him to mix it up with the youth of tomorrow. After all surfing's not a sport which can be mastered, I guess that's what makes is it so damn addictive, so stay healthy, keep the froth alive and get out there and push your abilities. Oh and a little about the trip…. the waves pumped, Stokesy ripped and I got an epic tan.
–Tim Davies (camera jockey)