You will rarely find Luke Stedman far from the ocean. Born on the Australian coastline just north of Sydney to a board-shaper father, he has since travelled the world’s beaches as part of pro-surfing’s WCT tour, competing alongside the planet’s best. Now retired, he nevertheless remains close to the waves, calling Venice Beach, Los Angeles home today. But even if you’re currently landlocked, you can still learn a thing or two from the surfing-pro. Stedman is head coach at Blackball, which offers – among other services – online coaching. Here, we catch up the quintessential SMR Days’ man to discover more.