(Updated! Yey I have photos!!!)
The 3rd day of training was about timing and placing. How do I know where and when pop-up? Of course waves in the pool are a bit different, but the principle is the same. Find the right spot, paddle with the right amount of effort, at the right time. I remember how I’d paddle before I started Surfcuit training… I just paddle – FOR MY LIFE. That’s it. I think just do more work and I’ll catch the wave. I learned that that’s not practical. Well to start it off, I’m a little girl with not-so-strong guns so it takes me a lot of paddling to even just go out to sea. By the time I’m in the line up, my arms would feel weak already. Then I’d start paddling like a zombie surfer is chasing me even when the wave is still far away. When it’s right behind me, I run out of juice and my arms turn to jello. What happens? I miss the wave, turn back around and wait for another one. It’s the same EVERY TIME I go out. Surfcuit is training me to not waste so much energy at times that I don’t really have to exert so much. They would say “relax”… I’d whisper to myself “Chill ka lang.” Then when the wave’s near I’d shout in my head (and sometimes, embarrassingly out loud) “You better paddle the sh*t out of you woman! Crank it!”.
One thing I know I’m getting better at is turning. I can’t do maneuvers like Piso or Nilvie, but I can turn enough to not smack my face onto the wall. The pool’s design makes the lip/peak be on the left-most side, where a concrete wall decided to exist. So how do you catch the wave and get a long ride? Hug the wall. Well fine, of course not literally hug it, but try your best to stay near that side. It was scary at first but the instructors had a way to make you stay there and face your fear. They stood at the right side, formed a wall of yelling military officers telling you where to turn and correcting your form. You either do what they say or hit them and kill your ride. Kind of funny but it did work.
To end the sesh, we did cool drills. You know that scene in Blue Crush where they were training for the competition? Yes, that scene where they were at the bottom of the ocean, walking with a rock? We did that… I DID THAT. Haha! Fine, it was in a pool, and we used a big %^$ mineral water bottle filled with sand (the one for dispensers). Man, it was HEAVY even under water! We walked back and forth carrying that while holding our breath. I felt like such a pro even when I had to come up a couple of times for air!
So the question is – did I get to catch my own wave? Answer: No..not yet. It is a lot more difficult to get one in the pool, since the waves don’t have that much power, which means I really have to compensate with my paddling “prowess”. Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so… because when I am able to catch a wave in that pool, even once, it will be a lot easier in the ocean. This is a theory I have and my goal now is to be a lot stronger for the real thing. Wish me luck :)
I got a hold of the photos from Day 3 :) Thank you PSA and Soul Purpose Media, Inc.!
Poi drills before yoga. Photo c/o Soul Purpose Media, Inc.
It looks like I know what I’m doing… emphasis on the “looks like”. Photo c/o Soul Purpose Media, Inc.
Triangle poses :) Photo c/o Soul Purpose Media, Inc.
Waiting for waves. Photo c/o Soul Purpose Media, Inc.
This pool churned out higher waves! Photo c/o Soul Purpose Media, Inc.
Go Earl! Photo c/o Soul Purpose Media, Inc.
Paddle and pop-up drills. Photo c/o Soul Purpose Media, Inc.
Nice one Randel! Photo c/o Soul Purpose Media, Inc.
I was uhm… hmmm… about to do a cat pose!? (yeah, right…) Photo c/o Soul Purpose Media, Inc.
This was just released: Sharing with you this cool video of the Surcuiteers in action from Day 2. I’m in the purple rash guard. Hehe.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!!! I want you to get jealous that we got not one, but TWO free class cards for Capoeira!!! I’ve always been curious and now I have the chance to try it! I already went to one class, and I can’t wait to write about it here! Oh my goodness it was fun! For now, check out the Escola Brasileira de Capoeira – Philippines Facebook page or their website for more information. Thank you PSA! So many freebies! <3
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