My wife, MaryJo and I are here in Orlando for the last night of a 5 day trip.
We came down to attend the wedding of a very good friend. The wedding was wonderful and our friend and his beautiful new bride are now enjoying themselves in Italy!
We took advantage of our time here in sunny Florida to visit MaryJo’s son, Nate, in Cocoa Beach, just 45 minutes from where we’re staying.
He’s been down here about 5 or 6 years and really loves it. We wanted to see what the Cocoa Beach surf lifestyle was really all about, so we headed out there Saturday to check it out.
To be sure, it is a very laid back place. Locals love the surf, the beach and the nature-soaked lifestyle that defines life in their little corner of the world.
Having been a surfer as a young man, I could instantly see the attraction. Cocoa Beach is home to Kelly Slater and a massive version of RonJon’s Surf Shop, not to mention Second Light Beach, one of the most notorious and gnarly surf beaches on the Right Coast.
We got a tour of Port and Cape Canaveral. While one can easily get caught up checking out the cruise ships and all the development taking place in this once sleepy area, there were some surprising residents that caught our eye.
Apparently, this area has an “issue” with “roaming gangs of juvenile Peacocks.” Nate’s words, not mine.
Here are a few of the culprits:
They’re everywhere, and apparently residents are forbidden from harming them, regardless of annoyance.
As loud as they can be, I guess you simply trade beauty for noise!
One thing we did get done was to record an episode of my podcast, Four Pillars Fitness.
I talked with Nate about “a life spent searching for a vibe to call home.”
He shares how he found that vibe in Cocoa Beach, and how that has made all the difference in the world.
We also talk about the differences between northeast surf and Florida surf, fitness for surfing and the spiritual nature of the sport.
The whole episode can be heard right here:
It can also be found on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify and a bunch of other places.
If you take the time to listen, please share your thoughts with me.
Thanks! Keep the faith and keep after it!