Nerding it out in South Florida as a VP for a large financial institution, it has provided ample opportunities for his personal and professional growth as he loves to keep busy. How does this professional unwind? With his biggest passion, surfing. Giving him a great sense of reward, physically, mentally and spiritually, it's obvious why this was the center of his life. Taking a break to develop his career and raise two boys, he applied many of the lessons and even realizing, that he works in order to travel for surfing. Loving surfing so much, that he purchased a beach house in Nicaragua with the hopes to retire to it one day. Living an active and healthy lifestyle, David's goal is to continue riding a short-board until he's 65.
Name: David Ralph
Date of Birth: 1970
Height: 6'3" (1.91 m)
Location: Miami, FL
Local Break: Miami, FL
Countries Surfed: Spain, France, Costa Rica, Nicaragua
Experience (Years): 30 (on and off)
Inspirations: Surfers who are still charging big waves in their 60's, Laird Hamilton, Tony Roberts (Quicksilver Photographer and Surfer)
How did you get into surfing?
When I was ~13, I marvelled at the photos in Surfing Magazine and would sit in class drawing pics of surfers in waves. My favourite thing to draw was a guy driving into a hard bottom turn in the face a peeling double overhead face. A short time later, I found a junked surfboard in my neighbourhood and I patched it. I would have my dad take me out to the beach to surf. That was how it all began!
Being that I live in Miami, and the waves are kinda crappy, I'd have to call the surf report each day to know when to go to the beach and would pray every day to get some waves.
Can you give us an idea of what your typical meals in a day would be?
Given that I live alone and am super swamped, I have my food delivered as prepared meals which really helps me follow the Paleo and organic diet. I'll be honest, I've been doing the Paleo diet for the past 5 years and it has kept me healthy and thin. I try to eat clean 5 days a week and on weekends, I'll eat whatever I want - pizza, burgers, beer, etc.
Do you do any stretches or exercises pre- or post-surf?
Yes, pre-surf stretch for about 15-20 minutes to help warm up my body and muscles. On big wave days, the difference between making a wave and getting into it too late is a half second margin of error. If I'm stiff or cold, I'm not making the drop in time. Stretching gives me that half second advantage to grab that wave.
Post-surf, I don't see the advantage given that paddling is more than enough for me.
What do you grab for a post-surf snack?
If I'm expecting to get in for another session, I'll grab something light such as fish and veggies.
If it's the end of the surf day, I'll go for a heavier meal and beers to celebrate a great day of surfing!
What's your favourite gear?
My favourite board is my 6'2" Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto; the board is magic. It has taken my surfing to a new level.
I also have a 6'4" Firewire Dominator for a back-up board and for softer waves. I like the Quicksilver F-way stretch shorts to keep the rash down and I usually surf in a t-shirt.