Survival Skills with Jimmy Buffett

posted July 30th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

by Josh Martin

Men’s Journal has an interview with Jimmy Buffett: “Survival Skills: Jimmy Buffett”

What secrets should a man keep to himself?
I think secrets should be held for a long time, and, if you live a long and interesting life, it’s worth it to let them all out at the end. I wrote a book at 50, and I didn’t tell all the good stuff. It’s like, there are secrets to writing songs. There are secret surf spots. You keep that box of magic tricks around, and when you’re done doing your magic, then you can talk about it—purely for the showbiz aspect of the tell-all book.

What’s the handiest survival skill you have?
I’m a pretty good field medic. From my Boy Scout days I can patch people up. I can do stitches, which comes in handy in remote surf breaks.

What skill would you like to master?
I had a fleeting desire to do kitesurfing— then I saw the injury reports and the YouTube videos and I wnet, “Nah. I’m content.” Stand up paddleboarding is the last new skill I learned. Laird Hamilton gave me a lesson. It took me about an hour, and then I had it pretty good.

What do you want to do before you die?
I have four things: Learn to hang ten. Go to space. Go to Pitcairn Island, where my Buffett ancestors are from. And go to Antarctica.

What’s the secret to staying young?
For me it’s being in the water every day, whether it’s surfing or swimming. I look at these guys in Hawaii and they’re 80 years old in the surf break and look great. And that’s all they do. I want to be in that club when I’m that old.

Read the full interview here.

Tagged in Interviews, Personal/Family

  • untabubba

    Just an amazing guy that has lived an amazing life because he had the guts to go for it and stick it out in the beginning! Great advice, Jimmy. Thanks!

  • jeff

    It’s the lifestyle! Age is what you make of it…it’s a number. Always keeping in mind, that you only go around once in life, and taking advantage of every opportunity that is presented before you. Living by Jimmy’s own messages in his songs, helps, too.

  • Jacquiline Robillard

    You would not believe how long ive been looking for something like this. Browsed through 6 pages of Yahoo results and couldnt find anything. Quick search on bing. There this is…. Really gotta start using that more often


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