We thought that it would be cool to ask some of our guests from the last few months what they thought about the yoga classes which are part of your stay at Surf Simply, and here’s what they had to say about it…
Francela has now actually temporarily left Surf Simply while she has her baby but don’t worry she’ll be back. In the meantime veteran yoga teacher, surfer and old friend of Surf Simply, Amber Charne is filling in for her. Amber has endeared herself to all the Surf Simply guests since joining the team two weeks ago. She has been fantastic, which is saying something as Francela is a tough act to follow.
Above: A pre pregnant Francela stretching on the beach. Below: last one out of the water – Amber exits the surf after sunset.
So, with just 6 weeks left before our Autumn break, this is about the time the Surf Simply Team begins to gear up for their next adventures around the world. Having returned from our epic trip to Indonesia this past May, we’ve been left craving more. More waves, more travel, more culture. So where to go?
Having spent an amazing two weeks coaching in France last Fall, our return to this ASP World Tour venue was pretty inevitable. Early bookings had left us with just one final space for this year’s French Adventure. Luckily however, due to continued interest and our love for coaching, we’ve managed to add one more week. So for anyone who missed out on booking early and still wants to participate, we now have a few spaces available from October 13th-17th.
Good surf coaching, and sports coaching in general, comes in the three parts:
1) Goal Setting: The goal for a session needs to be set by the coach based on the surfers level and the conditions that day. Ideally it should be determined by the surfer’s “limiting factor” (i.e. if they were to be amazing at everything else then this one thing would still be holding them back). Long terms goals (for a week or season) should ideally should be something which is at the edge of what the surfer thinks is possible but within what the coach thinks is achievable. (Sometimes though a surfer’s goals may be unrealistic, in which case they need to be reined back in a bit).
2) Context & Motivation: The goals needs to be given a context so that the surfer knows what achieving it will lead on to, as this is what’s going to motivate them to work at it. (Example: if you know a good stance will allow you to drop into intimidating waves, then you are more motivated to get it right.)
3) Explaining The Mechanism (don’t demand for the result): The actual mechanics of the skill need to be explained so that the surfer has tangible, practical things that they can do to progress. (Example: “Project through your turn,” is just telling the surfer the result you want to see, rather than telling the surfer exactly what to do in order to achieve it. By contrast: “Place you leading hand 20 degrees further to the right when you begin your cutback,” is something that the surfer can actually do on their next wave).
Last week at Surf Simply some of our guests talk about their goals and how they felt about their week of coaching. Hope you like our little movie…
Because surfing is one of those activities which bridges the generation gap, often we have couples in their fifties coming along with their kids in their late teens or early twenties. It’s always makes for a great atmosphere around the resort.
We ask though that any kids coming along are at least 15, as we’ve found that sometimes people aren’t as relaxed when there’s young kids around. We try to get that balance right. Every now and again though we put a week aside specifically for families, so younger kids can come along too. We had a family week a last week and asked the two dad’s about the whole experience…
When we’re teaching surf forecasting, boarding design, judging or etiquette; it’s often better to be gathered around a huge tv screen rather than at the beach, and when we’re fine tuning paddle technique, turtle roles or duckdives; the pool makes a better classroom than the ocean. We call these lessons theory classes and we asked a few of our guests this month what they thought about them.