There is a great amount of admiration for professional surfers. It takes a special someone to stay in control in the most unpredictable and challenging sporting environment. It takes a skilled individual to make quick decisions out in the ocean while staying composed. And majority of us don’t have the motivation to dedicate their entire life to a single sport.
So, when pro Aussie surfer Adrian Buchan (aka one of the world’s most respected sportsmen) shared his secret smoothie recipe with us, we were all ears.
After a morning swim and surf session, the man they call ‘Ace’ heads home to blitz up “a protein shake with vegan protein, banana, blueberries, almond milk, nut butter, coconut oil, honey and cinnamon.”
He then defies the assumption that surfers eat a light diet, whereby he supplements his smoothie with more protein and healthy fats.
“If I’m super hungry I’ll have some poached eggs with avocado and bacon,” the father-of two tells myBody+Soul.
As for the rest of his day, we can confirm hot fish and chips don’t make an appearance.
His lunch and dinner goes along the lines of a barbecued lean piece of protein served with salad and roasted veggies. As for his snacks, he “always likes to have a nut mix or trail mix in [his] backpack with some other healthy protein cars and bliss balls.”
It’s a big breakfast followed by a relatively light lunch and dinner, but it’s his secret to staying lean and fit all year round.
Beyond the ocean
For the WSL Championship Tour (Ct) veteran, the ocean isn’t just a competing ground. Riding the waves from the young age of four, the ocean is his home.
“My father just started pushing me into the wave,” he adds. “He surfs and I was spending a lot of time on the beach with him and I was getting pushed into those white washes when I was four on a boogie board, and then kind of started standing up on the board and progressed from there.”
It’s a place filled with his own childhood memories, which he wants to share with his two daughters Ruby, 5, and Indigo, 2.
However, he can see his happy place slowly deteriorating due to one problematic cause: water pollution.
“I feel like the ocean is my home and it’s given me so much – a career and an opportunity to do what I love and travel the world – and when your home is dirty most people would clean it up,” the ambassador for ‘Take 3 for The Sea’ says.
“Plastic pollution in the ocean is right in front of you. Everyone can see it, it’s happening and it’s having a huge detrimental effect on the ocean and our health.”
Every day, a whopping 22 million tons (1,815 million kg) of sewerage and industrial and agricultural waste are discharged into the world’s water – the equivalent of the weight of the entire human population of 6.8 billion people. Moreover, according to an Ocean Protect study, 80 per cent of ocean pollution comes from land-based sources and 57 per cent of Australians are unsatisfied with the health and cleanliness of our waterways – and yet, most of us are doing nothing about it.
“My daughters love the ocean and we enjoy spending time there and to think that one day they won’t be able to go in the water at certain places is a pretty scary thought,” Ace says.
“There will be more plastic in the ocean than fish in the next 30 years, which is pretty scary.”