Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not only known to surf the net but also has developed a liking for surfing the waters of Hawaii, California. In fact, even his backyard pool is equipped with artificial waves.
Zuckerberg claims that surfing in the morning every day helps him deal with the pressures of work and helps him with creative thinking. He would read his emails first to absorb any bad or good news coming his way and then off to the waves. This way, he said, work is easier to dive into, especially after reading the emails, which is “almost like getting punched with a ton of new context.”
The CEO is known to enjoy riding the foilboard, which lifts the rider above the surface of the water, resulting in faster speeds and higher maneuverability.
“When you’re on the board, you’re focused on making sure you stay on the board and don’t mess something up,” he said on The Tim Ferriss Show.
Zuckerberg has been an avid surfer since he was a child, growing up in Dobbs Ferry, New York, where the Hudson River offers good surfing opportunities.
The Facebook founder continued to be an avid surfer well into his adulthood and is known to surf the waters off Maui, where he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, acquired a 700-acre estate.
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And there is plenty of evidence of Zuckerberg enjoying the sport on social media. One time, he was filmed holding the American flag while riding a foil board, complete with the John Denver song “Take Me Home, Country Roads” playing in the background. He also claimed that he had ridden a 15-foot wave one time.
A photo of him wearing a thick, white sunscreen while surfing also inspired a meme several years back. While a good sunblock is needed to protect yourself from the sun, he claimed that he did it to disguise himself from a paparazzi.
A video of Zuckerberg surfing in Lake Tahoe also received a lot of comments from the netizen, both flattering and not-so-flattering. Many described his technique as being awkward and atrocious, with some comparing him to a “drunk aunt on the wedding floor” and “the great flamingo.”
Whatever flak he is receiving for his surfing skills, one thing is clear, and that is, he adores the sport and is a great fan of it.
Zuckerberg has donated $1 million to the Surfrider Foundation, which is a non-profit organization whose main objective is to protect the world’s oceans and preserve beaches and surfing spots.
As an avid surfer, the controversial Zuckerberg ultimately promotes the sport as a great endeavor. He has shown how surfing not only keeps him physically healthy but also helps him with running his global company.
Zuckerberg stated in an interview that “when you’re out there in the water, it’s pretty hard to focus on anything else.”
And, as many surfers would attest, the sport helps the mind to focus intensively, keeping focused on the moment rather than the day-to-day challenges we confront.
Written by James Davis
I'm a true California local, and I've spent my life riding the waves along our stunning coastline. Surfing has always been my greatest love, and in my writing, I try to capture its genuine essence. My words aim to transport you into the heart of the surf culture, where the ocean and surfers come together in perfect harmony.
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