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Uncomfortable is OK Podcast

Making it easier for you to get out of your comfort zone.

Chris Desmond explores the science, the stories, and the strategies of getting out of your comfort zone and finding your magic.

Sep 26, 2016

Today I’m chatting with Matt Scorringe. I first came across Matt as I was killing time while standing in a bookshop. I saw a coffee table book of New Zealand surfers on the shelf so I picked it up and flicked it open, it fell to the page with Matt on it. I was enthralled as I read his story and thought that this guy would be wicked to have a conversation with on the podcast. I did a bit of a google stalk of him and reached out to him. Matt was kind enough to get back to me after and the following conversation was the result.

Matt chats today about growing up in Whangamata and being on a surfboard almost before he could walk. He tells me about competitive surfing on the international circuit, and free surfing all over the world. Matt also kindly shared with me about how he was surfing with his idols, then three weeks later he was in hospital with leukaemia. He lets us know the lessons that he learnt from surfing and from cancer, especially about focussing on what he can control rather than what he can’t. We talk about goals and how Matt approaches his, and why he thinks that it is important for everyone to get clear on them.

Matt brought so much insight to the table in this chat, and I have taken a heap of notes from our conversation. I’m sure you guys will enjoy it as well. Thanks for getting uncomfortable with me and Matt today.

The Art of Surfing


Host: Chris Desmond

Guest: Matt Scorringe

Music: Jeremy Desmond