Michael Willis

Interview: How to be a Surfing Legend with Michael Willis

Michael Willis is one half of the Willis Brothers Surfing company, a.k.a. MC2, who not only gets into a rhythm but also into surfing in their San Diego and Hawaii locations.

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Below is a summary of our interview:

Quote

“Discover the greatness in you,” that’s from his brother Milton Willis (MB1)

“It is through desire and knowledge, understanding, wisdom.”

His Journey

Michael and Milton were twins, so they already shared space. He knew before he popped out of the womb that there were others in the world.  He was also born second. They were both raised in Southern California, but grew up in Hawaii.  What started out as a counter, alternative lifestyle is now turned into a surfing company. Michael and Milton go surfing with bankers, lawyers, and underprivileged people. So they began to wrote about the experience of surfing. He has tried to learn how to relax under pressure. His brother is the world record holder of the largest wave ever surfed. To surf you need to be cool, calm and collected. Michael also developed his musical talents.

A Low Point

If it’s not always “peaches and cream”, Michael believes in a higher power that keeps him going. Every day is a struggle or a challenge. But they’re known as the first to teach surfing, but when they first began sharing ‘teaching’ of surfing, and they took quite a bit of flack. MB1 is the number one surfing teacher in the world, Michael is #2.  However, they were met with a lot of resistance when other people would want to be taught surfing.

Aha Moment

When they began teaching major huge corporations, presidents and vice presidents. They were calling him and his brother, MB1 personally to be taught surfing.

Michael’s work now  

He builds surfboards, but he is currently working as a nonprofit. The mission is to promote human advancement, mentally, physically, and spiritually, through international conscious awareness for water safety. Challenges are always looked at as opportunities. He is especially very concerned about water safety. His brother and him are working on changing the rip current safety policy to simply do what Hawaiians do and swim to the waves. The ocean is a wild environment that needs to be respectful.  He knows we all have the ability to ride a tidal wave.

What’s Exciting Michael now

He’s looking forward to being the best that he can be every moment. With or without anyone watching.

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Lightning Round

Book Michael recommends:

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Helpful Habit:

One is he has the habit of being optimistic. Be a gatekeeper of his thoughts. Second habit is to wear a watch.

Helpful Person:

The mothers and fathers of the kids that he’s teaching.

Internet Resource:

WBsurfing.com for San Diego Surfing lessons

What’s Your Purpose?

He’s a fatalist. So he believes in a higher power’s will. He can’t understand why he’s here.

Where to follow Michael

Find their surfing website, WBsurfing.com.

Parting Words

Blessings and respect to everyone.

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