In the latest episode of The Breakthrough Code Podcast, I had the incredible opportunity to sit down with CJ Macias, a fearless professional big wave surfer, to delve into his extraordinary journey of riding a colossal 70-foot wave in Nazaré, Portugal, and the life-altering aftermath that followed. Our conversation was filled with profound insights about life, surrender, resilience, and the indomitable power of the human spirit.

He has such a wonderful approach to life, sport and positivity, it seems that it really had a lot to do with his grandmother.

After his first injury he realised he had to look a little closer at his life and how he had been operating.

Control over choosing your thoughts is key to him. 

I love how his story started with such a love for the ocean and his description of living his dream is so awesome. 

For me the beauty of life is represented in his story. Plant the seed and get out of the way. We need to surrender and embrace experiences. 

CJ Macias, known for his daring feats in the world of surfing, shared the gripping tale of his encounter with that monstrous wave. The anticipation he felt before embarking on the ride was akin to the exhilaration of a thrilling roller coaster. As he hurtled down the massive wave at incredible speeds, surpassing 60 miles per hour, he described the experience as an intense blend of exhilaration and terror. But little did he know, the ride was about to take a dramatic turn when he wiped out, dislocating his elbow and finding himself lost at sea for what felt like an agonizing eternity before being rescued.

Despite the excruciating pain and the overwhelming fear, CJ found an unexpected sense of peace and surrender amidst the chaos. It was during those critical moments that he experienced a profound lesson in letting go and putting his trust in a higher power. As he shared, “It was the mindfulness, breathing, surrender, and trust practices that really saved my life in addition to all the physical training that I had done.”

Reflecting on the incident, CJ Macias expressed a deep sense of gratitude for the entire experience, despite the physical pain and emotional turmoil it had caused. He believes that this life-altering event allowed him to truly grasp the power of surrender and the importance of living in the present moment. In his own words, “It’s my whole life, all the emotions, gratitude, sadness for hurting my body for doing that to my body, all the things, just all of it, love, fear, the whole entire thing, it’s right here in this moment.”

CJ Macias’ story stands as a remarkable testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of surrender. His experience serves as a poignant reminder that life is not merely about achieving and creating, but also about embracing every facet of the journey—experiencing, feeling, and learning from the colossal waves that life throws our way. Join us in this episode as we uncover the profound wisdom that can be found in the face of adversity and the depths of surrender.

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For more insights from CJ Macias and to hear more about his incredible journey, tune into the full interview on The Breakthrough Code Podcast with me on YouTube. You can also follow him on Instagram at @CJMacias and visit his website at Immerse yourself in his journey and learn from his experiences as you navigate the waves of your own life.