You probably know him from earning the best heat score in surfing history with his triple tens in ‘96, but there’s probably so much more that you don’t know about Shane Beschen. He credits surfing for giving him everything he cherishes in life, including his wife who he met at an event while on tour. Now, years after his competitive surfing career, which he retired from in 2005, he’s been busy creating memories through surfing with her and their two boys.
Growing up in San Clemente, a small beach town in Southern California notorious for producing professional level action sports athletes, surfing was something that was ingrained in him. He started surfing in the footsteps of his Dad who is still a devoted surfer to this day. He fell in love with the ocean and the feeling he gets from surfing. The ocean can teach you so much, forcing you to adapt in the moment and use all of your senses, he points out.
Most importantly, the ocean can humble you so fast, which is probably why surfers are so down to earth. The people are what he loves most about the surf industry, and this is a big reason for it. Even the most experienced surfers have to be aware of their surroundings at all times. He should know considering his success as an athlete and his experience working with some of the biggest names in surfing like Carissa Moore and so many others.
Coaching for Shane is both beneficial and rewarding. In his unconventional nature, he started using his Instagram account to offer free surf coaching to his followers. Now, surfers from around the world can send him videos of them surfing in hopes of getting their technique critiqued by him. He chooses some, writes a critique, and posts them to his Instagram account (@shanebeschen). This gives both the athlete in the video and his other followers the opportunity to improve their surfing technique by watching and implementing the tips he gives.
Easier access to coaching is one thing that he is helping push surfing forward. And, with the addition of surfing in the 2020 Olympics and wave pools popping up in non-coastal cities, Beschen is looking forward to more people having access to the sport and it becoming more mainstream. Between the BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas and Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, surf pools are already making waves and with their popularity, the outlook is good for more pools to pop up around the country.
Beschen has the ability to coach groms, young adults and middle age young souls who are brand new to surfing as well as experienced surfers looking to gain a competitive edge.
If you’re ready to catch better waves, improve your flow, and push your surfing to the next level, download our app and book Shane as your new elite surfing coach through Zeshion right now!
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