Where you focus your gaze is where you go.
True for shooting a gun. True for your career. And true for maintaining balance while surfing.
That third fact becomes plain as day when you watch Kelly Slater catch a barrel in the virtual-reality video above.
As he’s on the wave, notice how he navigates with simple turns of the head: it's all about feeling the flow of the wave and then making tiny adjustments based on what’s presented to him.
This short video is part of a longer surfing movie called Proximity. Shot by famed surfing director Taylor Steele, the video pairs young surfers with older surfers — Kelly Slater with John John Florence, for instance — in farflung locales. They talk about the sport, they talk about life. Lots of surfing metaphors. Lots of lessons.
And just the right amount of VR.