Its official folks we can announce that Surf Simply will be running a week long surf coaching course in Hossegor, France again this year along side the world title race contest. To book email Ollie on email@example.com.
Above: Highlights from the 2011 world title race event. The world’s best surfers talk about the event, the waves and the town of Hossegor.
As in previous years, the week long all inclusive package, set in beautiful south west France, is open to former Surf Simply guests whose surfing has reached level 3 or above. It’s gonna be a week of video coaching (rather than in water coaching) hence the minimum surf level requirement. What level surfer am I?
Above: Harry, Kerianne and last year’s guests with post surf smiles as their wetsuits dry off in the warm French sunshine.
Ollie, our head coach here in Costa Rica, will be leading the week alongside Graham and Sarah will be doing all the cooking …yum! The rest of the Surf Simply team will be in Hossegor too though for the event and the food as well as the waves of course. So expect to see all the familiar faces.
Above: Jessie and Dani pleased as punch to be hanging out with world champ Parko and legend Taj last year in Hossegor. Below: The Surf Simply team and guests at one of many awesome little restaurants that the town has to offer.
We’ve got a beautiful house this year too which is perfectly placed, being equidistant between all our favorite surf spots. We have 3 double rooms with ensuites and two twin rooms which share one large bathroom. The house is set back in the woods too, away from the hubbub of the contest.
It’s amazing being able to stand on the beach, only a few meters from Kelly Slater as he tears apart a wave. It makes you realize how much more room and time there is on the wave face than you thought. Being able to then sneak off up the beach to a nice little sand bank to practice on, followed by some video feedback, is the perfect recipe. This was Lei-Shin, just up the beach from the contest site last year.
Shared rooms will be $2570 per person. Private room will be $3300 for a solo travelers and $5140 for a couples. Guests will need to land at Bordeaux airport on September 28th and the week will run through to October 5th. Places as pretty limited this year as we will only have time to run one week of coaching in France before heading out to Dubai to run a week of coaching at the wave pool out there. Stand by for more info on that in early June after Ru gets back from checking the facility out in May.
For more info about staying with us in France or to reserve your spot, email Ollie on firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve just re posted this article written by Surf Simply coach, Harry, as we can now excitedly confirm that we will be running a week of coaching this September at the Dubai wave pool featured below. The week will only be open to former guests of our resort in Costa Rica as a foundation knowledge level will be required. Drop us a line if you’re interested on email@example.com…
Learning anything can become frustrating at times, but with all the variables involved, surfing can sometimes be tough. A few months ago, Sally Fitzgibbons, currently ranked #2 in the world, set out to learn a new skill with hopes of taking the world title in 2013. She spent 3 days in a wave pool with her coach trying to master an Air Reverse.
The wave pool gave her the perfect platform; waves on demand, a perfect air section on every wave, video feedback from her coach in the water and no crowds hustling for the sets.
So wave after wave she tried, and on wave after wave she fell. After hundreds of attempts, the frustration boiled over into tears; all that effort and no result. But after a little pep talk she went back out… and nailed it!
Each week at Surf Simply, our guests work with their coaches on new skills and techniques, everything from standing up, to surfing down-the-line, to performing carving turns on the open face of a wave. And at some point everyone hits a moment of frustration when, for one reason or another, their body won’t do what their brain wants it to. Some swear and curse, some punch the water, and some, like Sally, may release a tear or two. But, like Sally, it is all forgotten in that moment when everything clicks, and that impossible target is achieved.
Our aim with our coaching is not to teach you to surf in a week, but to teach you how to teach yourself, so that when you leave, you can carry on pushing through those frustrating plateaus, and move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. So next time you feel frustrated in the surf, remember the company you keep, and maybe one day it’ll be you chasing the world title!
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.