I spent some time on the water today with gondolier Hunter Mitchell.
Like many Southern California gondoliers, Hunter is an avid surfer.
Surfers have a natural sense of balance on the boat,
and a clear understanding of the dynamics of a flat-bottomed hull moving through the water.
They also tend to prefer to row barefoot.
Today we covered solo sprint training,
and I got a front row seat as this long tall surfer stepped it up,
and explored new levels of speed on the water.