Hi, my name is Casey Flaherty.
I’m a surf instructor, and this is how I work it.
I’m gonna take you through 24 hours
of my beauty and wellness routine.
I’m a surf instructor coaching an advanced surf team
in Avon, North Carolina.
We live in a house together.
We eat sleep, surf, train, everything together.
I started competitively surfing
when I was about 16 years old.
I probably spend about two to four hours a day in the water.
The biggest wave I’ve probably surfed about 15 feet,
It is currently 6:15 a.m. here
on the outer banks in North Carolina.
When I first wake up, I usually chug a bunch of water.
If I don’t have any water,
I can feel myself so much more exhausted
and not being able to stay out as long
or perform at my best.
And I use this organic green juice
because it helps just heal my gut
and it’s good for a body reset and stress support.
So usually surfers like to surf on a lower tide.
So sometimes if we wake up at 6:30
and we’re aiming to get in the water at 7:30,
but low tide isn’t until 10,
we’re gonna snooze our alarms a couple of times
and wait until 10.
I have my bikini on, but since it’s a little cloudy today,
I just have my staff shirt on.
And now I am just gonna put on some sunscreen
and I’m ready to hit the beach.
I will wash my face kind of just with cold water.
I usually will put on a sunscreen.
I use this Pacifica vegan one.
If I’m not wearing a wetsuit,
I will put a little bit on my shoulders.
I probably should wear more sunscreen,
but if I’m in a wetsuit, I won’t put any on my body.
I use zinc and I always use a colorful zinc
because I don’t really like how it looks
when your face is white.
And I don’t wear makeup much,
so it kind of makes me think I’m putting on my makeup
before I go surfing.
In the morning, I won’t put any acne treatment on
because it will make me burn
and honestly break out a little bit more throughout the day,
since most of the day is spent in the sun.
Before I go surfing
I usually put some lemon juice in my hair
because I refuse to get highlights, but I wanna stay blonde.
I’ll put a hair mask in my hair.
Trader Joe’s Shea Butter and Coconut Oil.
This just helps my hair have a little extra coating,
layer of protection from the ocean.
Usually before I surf,
I like to have a small breakfast, nothing major,
’cause I don’t wanna look or feel bloated
when I’m out there.
So I’m just sitting out here on my deck
and I’m eating a peanut butter and jelly. Yum.
Okay, before I leave my house,
I make sure I get my wetsuit
since the waves are a little bit cold.
A towel, granola bar, some water, some extra sunscreen.
I’ll bring a hairbrush.
‘Cause usually when I get out from surfing,
my hair’s super knotty.
I will bring a big thing of water
and then we head out the door to go surf.
Before I get in the water
and I try to make the [indistinct] do this,
but they usually don’t want to,
I try to do some foundation breathing,
which is where I take my fingers and put them in shakas
and I have it from my rib cage to my hips
and I just breathe in and out.
And this is just to activate my core
because surfing is all from your core and your hips.
And this will also fire my legs up for the waves as well.
We’ll just do some basic stretching
that you would do at any practice.
Sometimes I’ll do some dynamic work like jumping jacks,
a couple surf popups actually on the beach.
A surf popup is when you feel the wave push,
you put your hands under your chest,
you slide one foot up, whichever one’s your front foot.
For me, it’s my left foot.
And then your back foot, which is my right foot.
And then you’re standing up.
And then we will paddle out
right where we see a rip current.
In a camp like this where everyone is on short boards
and they’re excited to surf,
they’re pushing you to get into the water first.
They want the first wave. They want the lineup empty.
Sometimes there’s some stragglers on the team
who are a little bit younger, or are not as experienced,
and will help time them.
I’ll be like, Duck dive, three more duck dives.
Which is when you go under a whitewater wave
with your board.
Hey guys, just got back from a quick 30 minute surf sesh.
Waves are super fun.
I am once again, filming the grounds, getting my tan on,
just reapplied some sunscreen and feeling good.
I would say the shortest amount of time we would surf
is two hours to four hours.
Really, I like to surf with the kids
and coach them into waves.
I like to get someone or myself to film them on the beach.
Just tell them, Go out there,
catch as many waves as you can.
And then we’ll spend some time
reviewing the film after the session.
So after our first surf, we’ll get out as a team,
wait on the beach for everyone
and then we’ll head back to the house.
Okay, so I just got back from surfing
and I’m gonna take a shower.
I use Selsun Blue.
Yes, it’s an anti-dandruff shampoo,
but I get so much acne and bacteria from my wetsuit.
So whenever I wear a wetsuit,
I put this lightly on my chest, my shoulders,
my arms, and then I rinse it off with cold water.
But after I use it,
I make sure to put a bunch of lemon grass oil
on my chest and shoulders.
I’ll be starving after I surf.
And this is when we’ll have our real breakfast.
I will have cereal or avocado toast, a lot of water.
Then we will sit down and we will go over all of the film
that we took from that day.
And when we do that, we break down each one of the waves
that the kids were on.
Surfing is all about your eyes and where you’re looking
and show them exactly where they should have been looking,
where their hands should have been,
how they should have placed themselves on that wave.
If I’m not surfing during the day,
I will do a high intensity training workout.
If I’m feeling super sore, I will do a slow,
relaxing yoga workout.
And then I will get ready for my second evening surf.
Okay, so I just did a quick yoga routine, got a snack.
And now I am going to check the waves.
When coaching kids,
I definitely like to assess the conditions even more
than if it was just myself,
just because sometimes
I’m not really sure of their abilities.
For this surf session,
I usually won’t put the lemon juice in my hair
just because the sun isn’t as strong.
So I’ll just put in a leave-in
conditioning and detangling spray.
I will still put on a moisturizing sunscreen.
We go out for the second session,
usually around 5:30 or six.
Go down to the beach, again, wax up our boards.
And paddle back out for another session.
So I don’t like to push the kids the second half of the day
as much as I did the first half.
I think it should be more fun.
We feel more comfortable with each other
by the end of the day.
Whenever I’m teaching surf lessons,
I make sure to tell people to paddle hard,
be committed in every move that they make,
keep their hands under their chest when they paddle up,
stay low and look towards the beach.
Okay, so I just got back from surfing my last session.
And I hope some aloe will help the spots where I got burnt.
So after I get back from that second surf session,
this is when I will take a shower and do my night routine.
So at night, sometimes I’ll double wash my hair.
I definitely try to use hydrating shampoos and conditioners.
I kind of do it, my nighttime routine,
the same as I would on a day that I’m not surfing.
I like to put this healing aloe
mixed with the coconut lemon grass body oil
all over my body from shoulders down.
And then I will just put some bonding oil
on the tips of my hair right before I go to sleep.
This helps with the dryness and preventing the salt
from damaging my hair.
The last thing I do to seal everything in
is put on this Aquaphor, it seals my face,
keeps the moisture in and all the products
that I put on my face.
After everyone’s showered, ready to go,
we will go eat dinner.
We usually have big self-serve family style dinner
and we’ll sit around and talk about everything
between surfing, friends, school.
Usually next to my bed, I will have this CBD body oil.
When you’re surfing, you’re constantly getting bruised.
You’re falling on your board. You’re falling on your fins.
So, I will usually massage hemp butter into it
or the CBD oil to help relieve the pain
and make sure it looks a little bit better
for the next day.
At night, I will do Wim Hof breathing.
It has helped me so much holding my breath in surfing.
You do fast breathing for a certain amount of time
and then you hold your breath for a certain amount of time.
So the fast breathing helps you kind of get endurance
and your body mentally and physically ready
to hold your breath for a longer period of time.
I think I can hold my breath for like a minute and a half,
maybe two minutes.
I try to go to bed as early as possible
because I’m usually waking up early to go surfing.
Surfing is not just a sport where you can go out there
and you can just surf.
My brain is in it the entire time.
And if I turn my brain off and the waves are big,
I’m usually gonna pay for it.
Whenever I’m having a tough time,
I usually try to go surfing
and kind of be away from everyone else
and just taking a couple deep breaths
and knowing that it will get better.
Thank you so much to Allure for following me around today.
I’ll see you guys in the lineup. Goodnight.