for me surfing is the absolute best way of having fun, relaxing, being in the nature and at the same time working with your body – without thinking of it, cause it’s so much fun 🙂 that’s why I miss it like CRAZY all the time when I’m not there… I can offer you at the moment a discount so YOU can go surfing also! simply use my discount code LAP126, for the destinations that lapoint offer to Morocco, Portugal, Costa Rica, Bali etc.., and you get up to 500 SEK off the price (read more on their website to find out for which places it’s 500 or 300 discount, or contact me!) YEEY!
during my stay in Morocco, and also when I prepared myself to go there, I’ve come up with my 3 most important tips for you:
– attitude. to try and always stay positive, relaxed, focused and happy when you’re out in the water. my instructor always tells me how important it is and this time i believe i finally lived up to it, at least most of the time… with good attitude you will catch so many more waves than if you get frustrated and angry, trust me, I know by own experiences… and besides, you know why you do it – cause you love it – so enjoy it!
– physical training during prep-time (a lot with the arms, core and practicing on technique, like the pop-up!). that will for sure help you a lot!
– try to understand the ocean. count the sets, see which waves will break where, or close-out, if it will be windy or not and where the currents are. i now know a lot more about reading understanding the ocean, which helps me a lot. it is important for you to be able to catch the right waves – and therefore of course you will improve faster than if you don’t know which waves will break or not.
a bit cheesy maybe but I want to say thank you to so many that have been a big help for me. first of all of course to my mom and my family! and to lapoint for helping me out with the trip. also thank you to two instructors at my gym, one who’s a surfer and gave me some great surf-excersises and another guy who helped me a lot too! and also of course to my teacher at my school for helping me out. and to Surfsverige for linking to my blog on their awesome website for surfers!
being in morocco – thanks to the instructors working at, and together, with lapoint, and to some awesome people and surfers i met there! i hope i’ll meet everyone again!
i’m home after two AWESOME weeks in Taghazout with the lapoint team!
my surfing improved more during these two weeks than it has before, that’s for sure. at least in my eyes i did it, and that’s the most important thing. both the physical training and the mental training helped me a lot! i felt stronger than ever in my body and in my head i felt stronger so i could stay positive after even the worst wipe-outs.
i don’t know how much i actually thought i would improve my skills in surfing during only two weeks… i mean face it, no one becomes a pro after only two weeks of surfing, when you haven’t done it for 4-5 months. however you can always learn a lot more, and also if you prepare like i did. i was able to surf with great (!) surfers, like the trainers of the lapoint-team, a world class surf instructor from Portugal, the Portuguese surfer and owner of the camp, and i even happened to ride the same wave as the manager of Rip Curl Europe. These and all the other experiences got me even more inspired and the list of “thank you”-s to people has grown.
this trip has made me want to work even harder to surf even more and even better. i am much more open to all the tips and help i can get from any one – cause together we do get better. i do hope this project not only helped me a lot but helped some of you guys on your way to achieve something. the project in school is coming to and end – but my surfing if for sure not! i am stoked and so happy i started this project… and did it work? well, if you ask me it most certainly did.
hi! i’m stoked. met up with a guy at the gym today who’s a surfer and also an instructor at the gym. we went through heaps of great excersises and he showed and told me some real great stuff. such an inspiration and my motivation is now on top again! I’m leaving for Morocco in a month so I’m gonna work harder than ever! He told me how important an over-all strong body is. Ofcourse you can do heaps of Yoga and stuff to get in control of you body and that’s heaps good, however if you’re not really strong you won’t be able to paddle for a long time, pop-up when you need to and stay in the water for all the good sets 🙂
Some of the things he said, I kind of knew but it felt SO good to hear it from someone like him. So I’ll be focusing on strength (!!!) for now on, consisting of stomach-excercises (basic ones like the normal sit-up), strengthening my hips, doing a lot of squats to work on balance and strength, paddle-technique (strengthening arms) etc etc. We’ll see how it goes and if I feel any better when I’m out in the water. At least I’ll be having fun!
And now it’s official, it’s winter in Stockholm so no more late-night longboarding with my sister….
keep body fairly straight. body weight mostly on arms.
the leg you had up in the air, you now bring forward, as far as you can, close to the outside of your hand.
then bring the other leg too. and look straight. then to it the opposite way. (I might have shown it to you before but these photos were better!)
one of the surf instructors at lapoint taught us this exercise.
1. jump side-ways (rotating your body), 5 times
2. down and touch the ground
3. jump high up in the air, bringing your legs close to your chest
4. though yourself down
5. finish with a “push-up” into a pop-up!
Try do it as fast as possible.