Speaker Series Brings Mike Stewart to Campus

November 17, 2017

 Mike Stewart, nine-time World Champion bodyboarder and one of the early pioneers of body boarding and big-wave tow-in surfing, spoke to a theatre packed with middle and upper students, teachers and staff about self-doubt, competition, inspiration, the power of the mind and the importance of following your dreams.

Stewart, a Parker parent and Parker alumnus from the class of 1982, advised: “We are all capable of accomplishing extraordinary things if we are willing to take risks.” He went on to explain the concept of designing your life the way you want to live it. “You have the whole world in front of you. Start with a dream and set up a well thought out plan so you can live your dream. The mind is the most powerful thing you have, and through hard work and smart work you can get you where you want to be.”

Upon reflection of his accomplishments in creating a livelihood from a sport that didn’t exist when he first started out, Stewart emphasized, ”Respect all, fear none; stay calm; take care of your body, eat right and sleep well; take inspiration from everyone you meet; seek advice; put your energy towards things that will help you get where you want to go; and shoot for the moon and recalibrate along the way.”

Mike Stewart is considered one of the world’s best overall wave riders ever. He is responsible for pioneering bodyboarding as a sport by inventing new maneuvers, inspiring surfers to push their limits and by developing boards that are accessible to all levels of riders. To fuel his passion, Stewart designed and manufactured his own line of products under the labels of Gyroll, Science, and Viper.

The Parker School speaker series serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for Parker students. It aims to bring in artists, scientists, business people and entrepreneurs to the school stage to share their stories of success, determination, dedication and the importance of following one’s dreams. 

The next speaker will be on February 2, 2018.