That the participant learns to learn
Our main objective is to provide the participants with the adequate tools to reach each ones personal objectives in as little time as possible. This includes a supportive environment that covers all necessities and allows a fast and cheerful progress.
In order to achieve the best possible results we conduct a detailed analysis of every participant individually and elaborate a personalised program with particular guidance during the whole learning process.
Teaching to surf follows some very particular principles when compared to the teaching techniques of other sports. The most difficult attributes to assimilate fall within the field of the visualisation of the wave and the timing once we exercise the take-off (i.e. once we are standing on the board and start to do any kind of movement). There are a variety of external stimuli and physical forces that hinder our ability to concentrate and the focus we need to make a technically correct attempt. Therefore, it is crucial to practice this kind of technique outside the water.
Surfing is an experience that happens in the very present, where an infinite number of stimuli operate at the same time and where time itself becomes an elastic and relative factor.
Relation to the ocean:
An important part of the class is the paddling and the negotiation of the waves. Our playground is the best stadium worldwide – the ocean.
All techniques derived at this stage of learning, will focus on the knowledge that we truly have about the constantly changing and dynamic ocean and our ability to interact with this environment, without understanding it as a struggle but rather as an enormously rewarding acceptance.
What the body needs to understand:
Surfing is an open sport that involves as main factor controlling the dynamic balance, meaning that it requires specific and complex movements and a certain technical basis in order to dispose of a repertoire of movements to get the most out of a wave.
Not only the act of surfing the wave is subject to this pattern of learning specific movements, also rowing and trading waves contains a variety of techniques necessary to adapt our understanding of the movement to the aquatic environment.
Therefore, people who begin surfing all by themselves, quickly reach a plateau of performance and do not know how to move forward or take too long to learn the adequate techniques or simply make mistakes in the way they have mechanised techniques and drag these errors throughout their lifes, if not corrected through professional channels.
What the brain needs to understand:
There do not exist two identical waves, neither do similar situations at the same space and time.
When you are surfing a wave, your brain is constantly making decisions and the wide range of cognitive states is the key to making the right ones. For what makes the difference in the capacity of the surfer to make the best of the wave, is his/her understanding of the interior processes happening at that very moment. Therefore psychology is a very important factor in surfing.
The relation to the surfboard:
Every board is different. You can find endless different shapes and models with a wide range of different materials from which surfboards are made. The relationship to every different board you use also must be understood in order to learn to internalise what each one can offer you – i.e. the difference in turns, the floatability, the speed, the paddling, etc. – learning to understand the material is challenging…
Understanding the ideal performance state:
You have to track knowledge as if it were a scheme of strata or layers, as you go deeper into the information you discover that what you knew was not as much as you thought it was. And as if it were a fractal experience will be forged.
Surfing consists of four key areas to be taught: mind, body, equipment and ocean. The deep understanding of these 4 fields of knowledge – being experienced in a common ground – means working in the ideal performance state.