Surf coaching. In 1993 I was surfing the best waves of my life at Sunset Beach, Hawaii when I realized what I did not want to do with my life. Here I was dodging West Peaks and riding these incredibly, majestic waves – the best of my life – only to discover a boredom creeping in. Strange yes. But weeks later. back in Australia, I was surf coaching (or coaxing) a petrified group of up and coming 12 year-old grommets into the biggest waves of their life. The surf was about 3-4 times over their heads so not many waves were ridden. But the energy was electric. It was at this precise moment that I realized that what I wanted to do for the rest of my days was to SHARE my knowledge and passion for surfing with other people.
For me, soaking up the thrills, spills and accompanying camaraderie with guests or students is way more fun than surfing it alone. Twenty years later, through my company Tropicsurf, I am delivering these exact experiences. Beginners, intermediates and pros alike … if you’ve ever wanted to learn the secrets of how to surf better, then some coaching from an experienced eye can rapidly accelerate your performance levels. Having the right equipment, a suitable break that matches your ability and a technical understanding of the end product that you are aiming to achieve are the three vital ingredients to success.
Firstly in order to program the hard drive right, you need to accurately understand the techniques in your mind. Then you should practice them with maximum repetition. This is not necessarily in the surf – even doing rehearsals on the beach is beneficial. Just do whatever it takes to get maximum mileage. Mileage is the only way to improve. Then get some feedback from a good coach who can point out using video or photo feedback exactly where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Practising the wrong techniques only ingrains and makes things worse. If you want to step up a level and improve your surfing, then you need to indulge in perfect practice. This is where quality coaching from a surf coach with a good eye and experience offers tremendous shortcuts to success.
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