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Innocent Surf Coaching 101 – X marks the spot
By Alex Espir

At all levels of surfing, there are a number of similar mistakes that we all often make. You can usually only make one mistake at a time before you fall of. Which is good, because it is only one mistake and all you do is not make it the next time. But we need to know what was the mistake.

One of the most similar, familiar and frustrating to makes, and also one of the quickest to change around is your focus. Not your general approach to surfing or life, but specifically your targets, i.e. where are you looking when you are trying what you’re trying?

Because where you are looking very quickly dictates where you go. You need to have specific targets. Look to where you want to go. You choose your target, for example turn back to the white water and your body will follow.

This sounds like a very simple thing, but very often we can forget to look, you will be surprised. How often do you surf along the wave and either find you’re always looking down around you or you want to hit the lip but seem to not quite get the board to where you want. Do you know where you are looking?

So the way to think about is with mentally placing targets, X marks, along the wave. Where do I want to go and where do I want to go to next.

Making a plan along the wave by targeting where you want to go will very quickly change both your awareness on the wave and also can be the first step in pushing your use of the wave in a more functional way.

Just remember the simple phrase – “Where you look is where you go”

This page brought to you by Innocent Surf School.

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