Got a good whuppin in the choppe last Sunday, was out of breath after making it out and missed out on some good chunks. It was a wake up call to get into better shape. I swim laps and do some bike riding and circuit training for cardio, but need to step up the intensity and decrease consumption of crap food and alcohol. It's easy math, and so is the part about getting older and having to do more to keep the metabolism at a healthy rate. That got me thinking just how important the breath is, not only while surfing and engaging in other physically demanding activities, but how if you can control it, you can control your level of stress to a certain extent in heavy wipeouts, and on dry land during confrontations (physical or social or traffic related lol). I do meditation on breath, along with alternate breathing and underwater training while swimming in a pool and in the ocean. Used to do pranamyana but feel it is too sketchy to do without a teacher present. I read a book a few months ago, "Breath" by Tim Winton, an award winning Australian writer about some groms learning to surf in giant remote waves, and won't give the rest away but it is an awesome read. It takes breathing, and the lack thereof, to a whole new level. Laird has an hour long interview/ video I'm watching on breathing, just started it. So I was wondering if any of you out there do breathing stuff, and what results have you gotten. What your thoughts are. Thanks!