For the last 3 years, Chi has sponsored one of the UK’s top stand up paddle boarders, Pete Holliday. Pete competes nationally and internationally in both long distance endurance races on SUP and Outrigger Canoes, as well as surfing for fun as much as possible.
We caught up with Pete to find out about his active lifestyle, and how coconuts and Chi fit into his daily routine.
So, you’re a big fan of coconuts, right?
Pete: “Absolutely! Coconuts, in one form or another, play a huge part in my healthy lifestyle. They literally are the most magical fruit on the planet.”
We totally agree! So, how do coconuts and Chi fit into your routine?
Pete: “I’m a morning person for sure, especially in the summer – I like to rise with the sun. From Spring until Autumn, when the light is with us, I rise to the sound of my alarm at 5am. I’ll grab my training gear, and a carton of Chi Coconut Water, and be out on the water by around 5.30am for hard intervals or a long distance training session lasting around 1 to 1.5hrs. “
Wow! That’s pretty early…
Pete: “Well, I’m lucky enough to live just 2 minutes from the beautiful sandy beach of Boscombe near Bournemouth where I do most of my training. A stunning part of the world right on my doorstep.”
We’re jealous! Tell us more…
Pete: “After training and hitting the shower, I moisturise with my home made recipe, Chi Coconut Oil scented with some organic cedar & sandalwood oil to make it masculine & fresh. Then it’s time to grab a quick breakfast. If I have time, there’s no beating a good solid cooked breakfast. If I’m in a rush, it’s a smoothie, typically a mix of Chi Coconut milk, a spoon of Chi Coconut Oil, half an avocado, a good glug of organic raw double cream, a couple of raw egg yolks and a sprinkle of organic raw cacao powder. Bang it through the blender & hey presto!”
Sounds delicious. How else do you use Chi products in your recipes?
Pete: “One thing I can’t leave the house without is coffee. I’m officially a coffee geek with a rather fine collection of modern and antique espresso machines and paraphernalia. Many years ago I used to have sugar in every coffee, but as part of a major change in my diet and lifestyle, I more or less dropped sugar of any form from my diet. Coconut oil was my saviour in espresso. It might sound a little strange but it really smoothes out the taste & provides a nice hit of medium chain fatty acids too. Try it & see, I’ve converted a lot of people over the years!”
Ah yes, the wondrous bulletproof coffee. It’s pretty popular here in London! So, what about lunch?
Pete: “Lunch for me is usually left overs from dinner, all real food (not processed), locally sourced, home cooked and never microwaved! I’m a big meat eater, which isn’t for everyone, but I source carefully and have a fantastic independent, local butcher who sells organic meat raised and slaughtered within my home county of Dorset.”
“If I need a snack during the day then coconuts often come to hand again, they are an excellent source of energy. I buy them whole, drain the water (which of course I drink) and then break them open to get the white ‘meat’. Diced up, it keeps hunger at bay for hours. “
We’re starting to think you like coconuts even more than we do! Where does your love come from?
Pete: “I’m blessed to have travelled a lot of the world, particularly across Asia where coconuts are a great little meal and taste so good when still green and freshly cut from the tree right there and then. You pay pennies for them. I always try and get a local kid to get me one to give them some pocket money.”
Tell us more about your rigorous training routine.
Pete: “I train typically 6 days a week and a few of those are two sessions a day. If I have a hard morning session then I might switch it up and so some yoga in the evening to keep good mobility, strength and balance. I definitely don’t just paddle, mixing up training is so important to me to maintain motivation so I throw in swimming sessions, hill sprints, bike rides, weights circuits and balance sessions to keep things interesting. Most importantly, if there are waves I’m surfing!”
That’s impressive! What about your other hobby, outrigger canoe paddling?
Pete: “Outrigger canoe paddling is an ancient sport which originated in Polynesia thousands of years ago. You sit in a small lightweight canoe, with a smaller ‘float’ on one side like a stabiliser. Used for paddling open ocean, they are an amazing craft for escaping from everyone! I’ll often head several kilometres out to sea- a chance to catch some peace and really appreciate the nature around me. We get dolphins and seals regularly coming to say hi in Bournemouth and this summer thousands of huge jellyfish. You just don’t get to experience that kind of thing running on a treadmill in a gym.”
Sounds like heaven…
Pete: “It mostly is, but funnily enough, coconut oil has played a rather embarrassing (but valuable) part in my canoe paddling. Sometimes, after really long paddles, you get tender skin sores in delicate places (let’s leave that there)… coconut oil, with its antibacterial qualities, really helps heal sore skin as well as protecting against future rash. Coconut’s healing properties are so good I even used it to heal my tattoos instead of chemical based substitutes.”
Great tip! So, lastly, how do you like to end your day?
Pete: “After evening training, it’s time to cook a good feast at home and settle down on the sofa to catch my breath. If I fancy a bit of desert then I whip up a quick bowl of organic natural yogurt and Chi coconut milk, sprinkled with organic desiccated coconut.”
That sounds incredible. Thanks for catching up with us Pete! We wish you all the best for 2015.