Morning Ritual: How Surfer Otto Flores Juggles Family, Surf and a Busy Schedule
Otto Flores is a world-renowned surfer, HANAH hero, Patagonia ambassador, world traveler, husband and father to two boys. Despite his hectic schedule, Otto maintains a lifestyle that is rooted in a healthy core — family, surf, environmentalism and wellness. He spends most of his days in Carolina, Puerto Rico, where he’s surrounded by fresh fruit and beautiful waves year-round, making it that much easier to live the dream.
Otto’s Morning Ritual sets the tone for the day and prepares him for whatever is on the agenda. We caught up with Otto to get the breakdown on how he starts the day, and maintains his health for getting pummeled by the waves or the kids.
HANAH: Tell us about your typical morning routine.
OF: It varies depending on travel and how good the waves are, but when I'm home in Puerto Rico with not so much on my plate, I do like to follow a routine. It all depends if I'm training or just having a relaxed day with the boys.
I wake up early regardless, either for waves, to take my son to school or just to have some quiet meditation time before the crew gets after it.
After that it's pretty much unpredictable. Every day holds something different.
H: What is one thing that’s essential for you to start your day off right?
OF: Meditation is a key part of my day, and if I get to do it in the mornings, it opens up a different energy to flow on a more grounded level.
H: What do you usually eat for breakfast?
OF: Usually if I'm training I make a smoothie with all the fixings to energize my workout. If I go surf I have a light meal, like toast with HANAH ONE & coconut butter, and some yerba mate to be light and not weighed down. If it’s a relaxed morning, I usually make a tea infusion that includes supplements that stimulate my mental state to be more efficient.
H: How do you take your HANAH?
OF: On the go I take HANAH ONE plain. I'm at the point where I crave that extra edge it gives me. When I'm depleted or coming down with something, it gives me that boost to keep going.
H: You’ve traveled the world to surf. What’s special about Puerto Rico that makes you want to call it home?
OF: Puerto Rico is close to my heart. It's my culture. It's where I'm from. I identify with the flavor of this place. We call it “sabor." I'm grateful to be born in such a special place. I love Puerto Rico for its waves, for its people, and for its passion.
H: Do you get to enjoy time with your family in the mornings, or is the day too rushed?
OF: Family time is quality time. When I’m home, I take care of my youngest a couple of days a week. I would not want to miss that special time when he is young and learning new things. My wife works at home. We have a studio where she teaches pilates and yoga, and my oldest is at school a few minutes away.
H: What are your passions when you’re not surfing?
OF: I love design. I wish I was better at it. I guess it will be work in progress. I enjoy photography and I'm super passionate about food. I definitely care about what I put in, while making it taste amazing.
Also, I care about the environment and what's going on in this day and age. My goal is to do my part and help create some kind of program in the future that can help stimulate conservation and sustainable practices.
Photos: Jeremy Koreski & Otto Flores
- Patrick Crawford