Surfcoaching! A great word but what does it actually mean? And how does it work?
Mostly likely you are thinking about direct feedback right now: you are in the water and your coach is keeping an eye on what you are doing out there. You paddle past him or get out of the water to where he is standing, he gives you feedback and some tips on how to improve.
But that´ s only one little piece of the surfcoaching puzzle. Surfing is so much more than only 1-2-3 & get up on the board. Here is what also matters:
- Surfing is about being in the ocean, about being able to read and understand it.
- Surfing is about awareness of your environment and the changes that are happening.
- Surfing is working with your own emotions: expectations, joy, fear and frustration.
All these are important things that are generally overlooked when it comes to teaching how to surf. Why? It takes a lot of time and sensitivity, from both sides, surfer and coach. However, all these factors are really important, that´s why we are incorporating them into our coaching routines.