John Gregg, Steve Kern and the TiU crew spent a day at Richard Schmidt's surf school (Nice work if you can get it!) in Santa Cruz.
Schmidt is legendary big wave surfer, who shares his passion with others who dream of riding the waves. He has perfected an unusual teaching technique. He surfs alongside his students, and when the moment is right, Schmidt reaches over, pulls them to their feet
and - bing-bang - they're catching a wave. You can see Richard in action in the story above.
This piece is part of a special surf edition of This is Us airing at 7pm on May 23rd, shot aboard the O'Neill Sea Odyssey catamaran.