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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
Lesson 2, Topic 3
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Trigger Words – Tricking Your Mind into Auto-Pilot

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  • Coffee cup
  • Cardboard Slide
  • Walk up
  • Oreo Biscuit
  • Kiss the knees

These are all trigger words. They may seem weird at first, but they’ll change the way you train and repeat the movements in the ocean.

Why you need to use trigger words

Trigger words need to become the backbone of your training.

The purpose is to simplify how much you need to think about a movement. For example, performing a twist involved many steps that are difficult to remember:

  1. Be in the Neutral Stance
  2. Start with the head – head leads the way
  3. Look where you want to go to
  4. Shoulders follow the head and open up the body
  5. Arms follow the shoulders and initiate the twist
  6. Get the front arm/shoulder out of the way to allow your body to open up further
  7. Continue twisting, engage the hips and continue transferring the torque down your body
  8. Allow the knees to kiss and transfer the torque to your feet and board
  9. Continue looking where you want to go and draw out the turn
  10. Get ready to rebound off the foam

Instead, we just use the trigger word

“Pass the Coffee Cup”

It’s a drastic simplification.

Through training, drills and muscle memory, your brain will remember all the movements and associate them with these trigger words. Then, when you say “pass the coffee cup” your body will start doing all the required movements on its own without you bringing tension, stress or distractions to your surfing.

How to train with trigger words

For every drill you do, every movement you practice, either take our trigger words or make your own. Choose a trigger word that you will remember the best and that has the most meaning to you.

We will include trigger words for every drill that we use as a recommendation.

Every time you practice something, say the trigger word out loud. Alternatively, train with a partner who will call out the trigger words to you, requiring you to do the movement.

This will drill those movements to that word over and over.

A trigger word is also a pattern interrupter. If you are feeling out of sorts, not surfing or training how you want to be. Reset and go back to the trigger word. It will help to interrupt what is going wrong in your surfing and focus on one aspect.

Taking it to the beach

As you wait for waves, pick one trigger word and keep that in your mind. It is easier and faster to train one change in your surfing at a time. Either keep thinking about that trigger word or say it out loud as you go to repeat the movement.

That’s it. Simple, but total game-changer.