Wipe-outs. We all have them. At any stage in your journey, you might have them on every single wave. I don’t mind wipe-outs. (They’re just a good opportunity to go for a dip in the ocean.) Since my surf lesson last week, I’ve been forcing myself to ‘get over it’ (the fear) and paddle out the back every time I surf. If the waves are big, and I get a little freaked, I can always come in. But my new goal is to always go straight out the back. (Unless surf is 6ft+ because that would just be stupidity.)
It’s not really much of a goal to have; “just paddling out”, but it’s helping to push myself and maybe trying for waves I would normally go ‘nooooo’ at. Of course, I still have those moments. When I’m lifted up by a steep face, I suddenly decide ‘nope, not the wave for me’, so I pull back. (There are no other surfers on that wave either so I’m not peeving people off by wasting my turns.)
So going out the back is the mental part of surfing I’m working at currently. The physical part is the backhand. I’m more stable with it now (practice makes perfect) but as soon as I drop that back hand, I fall.
So I really need to focus on keeping up that back hand. I don’t even know why I put it down. It’s amazing that once you start getting into the finer aspects of a sport, you really notice how much of your body you don’t seem to have control over at times…Eerie…
So to recap:
My mental goal of the month is to always paddle out the back. No more white-water dallying unless surf is too big.
My physical goal of the month is to focus on my arms. I’ll have much better rides if my arm doesn’t point to the water (where I point is where I’ll end up).
I hope your surfing or your sports are challenging you!