Surfers should try be trying to takeoff on the peak or behind-the-peak only, and say “no” to all other takeoff options. Becoming decisive in this critical area will enhance the confidence of a surfer and improve all other areas of performance in the process.
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This is a short video on the gold medal winning Peruvian team that I coached leading up to and during the 50th Anniversary ISA World Titles
Flow in surfing terms is when a surfer rides a wave from start to finish without hesitations or stoppages. Where a surfer performs a series of manoeuvres with speed during and between the manoeuvres attempted. It’s also a major component of really great surfers, and can be the point of difference in scoring terms when they compete. Think of the Kelly’s and Steph’s in the world. Not only can they perform great moves, but they look beautiful at the same time because of the flow they display.
The main reason why the majority of young surfers loose is simply that they do not have the skills to be successful. In their “surfing package”, there are missing pieces, or skills that work in some surf conditions but fall apart in others.
In preparation - you think about getting fitter, sort your equipment, and possibly research all there is to know about your destination, so you are are fully informed before you arrive. You can also work on your surfing, so you are more confident when paddling out and surfing over unfamiliar reefs.
Many fans of the sport of surfing don't understand how surfers get their scores when viewing surfing competitions. The judges do adhere to a criteria, but this criteria is subjective and is flexibly applied depending on the competition's location and waves being ridden on any particular day.