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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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The Importance of Theory – Defining a Why

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If you don’t know why, it’s harder to progress

Every week’s content will be accompanied by theory. As you progress through the course, you’ll want to understand and determine a “why” to every drill you practice.

Understanding the importance of a drill or element of theory will enhance how you learn it and improve your ability to derive feedback from your movement. If you simply copy a drill without understanding what you need to feel or how it impacts your board, surfing, and movement, it will limit what you get out of the drill.

Example – Neutral Stance

Finding your Neutral Stance; is the backbone of your entire surfing. It is the basis from which ALL movements, balance and style stem. When students want to improve, we first look at their stance and how do they move in it, before evening look at how they turn.

The Neutral Stance is a stance that will allow you freedom of movement in all directions: you can compress, lean, and twist freely. It is also what gives you balance in every direction. Whereas a side-on stance only has balance front on and has no balance side to side.

If you are in a side-on stance, how do you see the wave on your backside, can you twist easily, how do you compress and lean?

Questions to ask

As you practice the Neutral Stance, ask yourself, how am I moving in this? How does it feel? Can I move easily or is there a limitation? Is this limitation in my body, am I tense, or am I using poor technique? How does this connect with my board? If I move like this, how will that impact my board?

Asking yourself these questions will cause you to slow down and really engage with the learning and understanding. If you understand how you move into a compress and lean, along with how this affects your board, you will progress this movement and your surfing much faster.

These questions take time and may not have answers straight away for you. That’s where the theory comes in. It will take time for the understanding to line up and that’s fine. You are not expected to be able to answer all these questions on day one.

Revise the theory, redo the drills and always ask more questions of yourself and others, when training or surfing!