About The Black Belt Surfer

Dave Nagel is a born and bred Manly beach resident.

His career began in the film and television industry working on such movies as the Matrix trilogy, Star Wars Attack of the Clones, Mission Impossible 2 plus many more as a mould maker for various props and special effects departments.

After suffering a debilitating lower back injury in his mid 20’s he moved into the health and fitness industry where he became a prominent personal trainer, and strength coach lecturing at college and running his own small strength and conditioning facility training elite athletes as well as hundreds of general populations clients over the course of a decade and a half.

Surfing has been an integral part of his life. Growing up with some of the worlds best surfers he often travels the globe looking for the perfect wave and is often in the water at his local break on a daily basis.

Martial arts have been one of Dave’s lifelong passions.
A former competitive mma fighter and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt he has travelled the world learning from the best and was the UFC gyms franchise first international Bjj coach running a highly successful program in Sydney Australia during 2013 and 2014.

Throughout his life he has been fascinated with people of all walks of life.
Never one to judge he loves a good story and his main motivation is to now bring those people and their stories to life through his website and interviews.