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Centre of Gravity - Thursday, February 17th, 2011 3:50 am

Your centre of gravity is a basic principle of surfing that provides a foundation for the more advanced themes. It is one of the most important parts of surfing and needs to be looked at in two ways.
The first is in a physical sense. Develop a technical awareness of where your physical centre point is while you surf. You can add flexions, extensions and rotations around that, all the whilst coming back to this point. This is your centre of gravity and all turns must start and finish here, or your power, speed, control and balance will be compromised.

The next basic principle of being centered is simply about being present mentally. This is grounded in a feeling and the biggest distraction to this can be your eyes. Use your eyes as a guide, but remember, the further away you look, the more you can project your centre of gravity away from you. This leads to mistakes and confusion, as your brain will probably go through options, splitting your conscious awareness between two turns instead of narrowing your focus to one committed turn. How many times have you looked ahead, seen a turn, but when you get there, the turn is not available anymore? Keep your eyes closer to where you are and you’ll make decisions based on this feeling. Use you eyes as a guide to what may happen and simply trust that when you get there, you’ll know what to do. Literally feel the board under your feet and you will feel connected to your centre of gravity both mentally and physically. This can be called spontaneity and a better way to achieve your best.

Enjoy your centre of gravity, enjoy your surfing.

Matt

 

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Knowledge needs to be accompanied with daily action and discipline to acheive long term health, happiness and high performance.

Here are some things to focus on... daily!

1. Meditate (meditation clears the mind of clutter, develops focus and awareness, as well as healing via a calming of the nervous system.

2. Contemplate: Take the time every day to contemplate the direction of your life and how you could move foward in a more harmonious way

3. Exericse: Move with awarness of correct posture and enjoyment, every day! 

4. Hydrate: Drink 0.03 times your body weight a day (in kg's) as a minimum to help the body process toxins and function at an optimum

5. Trust your feelings: Feel first, do second. This means you are not running on auto pilot devoid of feeling and awareness of what you are getting into.