This time last year, surfing was definitely on my radar, but not to the same intensity as it is now. Looking back on what I achieved during 2013, it was far beyond what I imagined and it has only fuelled my desire to surf more and go from kook to accomplished surfer.
The New Year is a great time to set some new goals so in addition to setting some personal objectives, I have made a separate list specifically for surfing. It’s more of a list of what I want to achieve rather than resolutions. Here it is:
- Be able to consistently stand up (not just a handful of times per session!)…then I will think about turning
- Work on the pop up
- Learn at least one thing about surfing everyday
- Understand more about the conditions (tides, currents, winds and what effects these have on the surf)
- Get a photo of me standing up riding a wave…the only one I have is 4 years old and rather grainy (it could be anyone!)
- Get a GoPro or similar so I can record myself surfing
- Get some more followers and expand the scope of the blog (to include interviews, case studies and multimedia elements
I’m hopeless in the winter. The dark nights and cold weather make me want to retreat into the comfort of my home, and with far fewer surf trips on the horizon, it’s easier to think, ‘oh I will leave all the exercise until nearer the spring when I will be surfing more.’ But that’s just not going to cut it.
I remember how exhausted I was after only half an hour during that first session last April….and I don’t want a repeat performance when I finally do get to the coast. To go all that way and be too knackered to continue after half an hour would be a huge waste of time and totally demotivating. It’s this thought, and the fact that I want to do everything possible during my landlocked days and weeks to make the first two items on my list more achievable.
It could be the difference between an average year of surfing, and an epic one!