“The truth is, I’ve had a lot of days and times on the road where I don’t enjoy it. And that’s not pro surfing, that’s my own life.”
A few years ago, the world was introduced to “healer, inventor, businessman” Charlie Goldsmith on Kelly Slater’s episode of sound waves, one of the best video shorts produced by the WSL.
Goldsmith, much appreciated by some, attacked by skeptics on the other side, was eighteen years old when he “felt for the first time a strange sensation between his hands. He says he soon discovered that this energy could heal people. Worried about exposing himself to a world of skeptics, he wanted to keep his gift a secret until science backed up his claims.
In this episode of Lost Tapes, which follows Slater’s setbacks on the 2019 tour, we go to J-Bay.
Slater, forty-seven at the time, as commentators keep reminding him, is even more introspective than usual.
“I had a lot of days and times on the road where I didn’t enjoy it. And, it’s not professional surfing, it’s my own life, my own personal issues, family matters, relationship matters. …sometimes you go surfing and you forget and you don’t think about it Surfing becomes this drug that covers it for a while.
Goldsmith tells Slater, “The truth is, you’ve been so successful that if you hadn’t had one more hit, you would have had more than anyone else.”
“He makes me not think,” says Slater. “I’m a heady person…even up to the minute I paddle I got it on the phone.”