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Surf Smart 12 Week Program

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  1. The 12 Week Accelerated Surfing Program

    Welcome to Accelerating Your Surfing
    4 Topics
  2. Preparing Yourself to Progress
    The Wave of Progression
    3 Topics
  3. Establishing a Baseline - The Most Important Step
  4. Week 1 - Building the Foundation
    Building the Foundations
  5. Theory: Surf Science Module
    3 Topics
  6. Follow Along with Ant and Clay: Land-based Drills
  7. Drills: Week 1
    3 Topics
  8. Week 2 - Becoming a Wave Magnet
    Becoming a Wave Magnet
  9. Theory: How to Catch Waves Easier
    3 Topics
  10. Theory: Mastering the Walk Up and Cardboard Slide
    2 Topics
  11. Follow Along: Land-based Drills Week 2
  12. Drills: Week 2
    5 Topics
  13. Week 3 - Learning to Feel the Movements
    Learning to Feel the Movements
  14. Theory: Surfing Front On and Controlling Movement
    1 Topic
  15. Follow Along: Land-based Drills Week 3
  16. Drills: Week 3
    4 Topics
  17. Week 4 - Coordinating Your Movements
    Coordinating Your Movements
  18. Theory: Controlling Movement
    1 Topic
  19. Follow Along: Land-based Drills Week 4
  20. Drills: Week 4
    2 Topics
  21. Progress Check-in
    1 Topic
  22. Week 5 - Developing Control
    Developing Control
  23. Theory: Developing Control
    2 Topics
  24. Drills: Week 5
    3 Topics
  25. Week 6 - Set Up For Success
    Set Up For Success
  26. Theory: Setting up for Success
    1 Topic
  27. Drills: Week 6
    3 Topics
  28. Week 7 - Learning Efficiency of Movement & Style
    Learning Efficiency of Movement & Style
  29. Theory: Efficiency of Movement
    3 Topics
  30. Drills: Week 7
    2 Topics
  31. Week 8 - Three Dimensional Surfing
    Three Dimensional Surfing
  32. Theory: Week 8
    3 Topics
  33. Drills: Week 8
    3 Topics
  34. Progress Check-in
    1 Topic
  35. Week 9 - Why so Serious
    Why So Serious
  36. Theory: Week 9 - Surf Psychology Module
    2 Topics
  37. Drills: Week 9
    2 Topics
  38. Week 10 - Finding control in being off balance
    Finding Control in Being Off-balance
  39. Theory: Week 10
    1 Topic
  40. Drills: Week 10
    2 Topics
  41. Week 11 - Amplify Your Speed & Power
    Amplify Your Speed & Power
  42. Theory: Week 11
    1 Topic
  43. Drills: Week 11
    2 Topics
  44. Week 12 - Joining the Dots
    Joining The Dots
  45. Drills: Week 12
    2 Topics
  46. Progress Check-in
    1 Topic
  47. Review & What's Next
    What's Next & Continuing To Progress
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Fast Tracking Progression – Developing Muscle Memory

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What is Muscle Memory?

Muscle Memory is the result of practising and training a movement pattern over and over. It will develop the muscles but mainly the neural pathways between your brain and body. This is key to developing your surfing and progressing.

Neural pathways are easily trained and show results quicker than muscles. Your brain will learn and adapt quickly, memorising the movement patterns. This is seen in the gym: as you start to lift weights, you rapidly progress until the bottleneck becomes your muscles instead of the brain understanding how to do the movement most effectively.

How do you train it?

Repetition, repetition, repetition. This is key. As you go through the drills, it is not a game of how many reps you need to do to move on; it is how many reps until you grasp the movement.

Land Vs Water-based Training

The age-old saying is “just go surf more and you’ll improve”. When you’ve surfed for 2 hours, how much of that time were you actually practising, training the brain and body to move and repeat a movement? Far less.

Land-based training allows you to develop muscle memory quickly. 10-30 minutes a day of muscle memory training on land is huge for your development. It allows your body to remember a movement, which later can be practised in the water.

Success for Water-based Training

While most things can be trained on land first, some can only be trained in the water. Eventually, you will need to take your training to the water to feel it out, make changes and see the results of your training.

When you get to water-based training, the key is to focus on one aspect, one technique or change. Block out everything else. The idea is to progress, not work on 10 things at once.

Pile on small changes over time, and you will see progress. Work on everything at once, and expect to be frustrated.

Example – Water-based Training

If you were to work on the Oreo Biscuit Technique and your ability to catch waves, there are three things to work on and consider:

  1. Reading the waves
  2. Positioning
  3. Feeling the wave’s energy

To do this, start by just watching the surf and surfers, find where the waves are breaking and where the pocket is. Identify where surfers are paddling for the wave, and if they are near the pocket or on the shoulder. Notice the difference between those paddling for the shoulder and those in the pocket. The Oreo Biscuit Technique works best in the pocket.

Once you’ve identified where to sit in the lineup and what surfers are doing it wrong, the next step is to learn to position yourself so you can take off in the pocket. You will need to read the waves and paddle – not to catch the wave where you are, but predominantly to reposition yourself right at the pocket.

Once your positioning is consistent, it’s now time to start focusing on feeling the wave’s energy, feeling that lift, and practising gliding in. A bigger board will make the energy more obvious and easier to tap into. A shorter board will rely more on good positioning.