In this instalment of his comprehensive series examining every aspect of wavesailing, Jem Hall has a bit of a recap and proffers some tips on bottom and top turns.
Summer is almost over and we are now licking our lips in anticipation of what might be on offer this autumn. Over the last few issues I have covered some basics in the hope of inspiring you to perform simple moves with consistency and efficiency, and we will now look at how you can continue to improve and polish your waveriding skills. This will act as a kind of half-term report, so I do urge you to look back at relevant articles – all available on www.boards.co.uk
Now, when I said ‘tips’, this doesn’t mean that I’ll be going on and on about how to do this and how to do that, but I will empower you to take charge of your own learning, and I do this by asking questions. I have presented many simple tips including gear setup, sailing fundamentals, how to get out, how to ride and so on – but are you actually putting these into practise? Are you embracing the change? Are you coming out of your comfort zone and being comfortable with being uncomfortable? And you know what I am going to say here… In order for things to change you must change!
When I’m coaching I help people to keep improving on their return from my clinics, and this is done by making them better self-coaches and asking them lots of questions so they can find the answers. Firstly, they must be honest about where they are at, and be able to self-analyse, diagnose and then set targets.