MOOD WORD DRILL
To teach surfers how to use “mood” words when performing their surfing manoeuvres.
The surfers should be informed about “mood” words and their effect on surfing performances.
“Mood” words are words that a surfer can say to themselves as they perform an action.
For example, when they hit the lip they can say to themselves “smack” to make the hit more crisp, followed by “stick” as they descend to help maintain balance.
The use of “mood” words has a positive effect on a surfer’s commitment, focus during a manoeuvre, and the correct timing involved in the successful completion of the manoeuvre.
NOTES TO THE COACH
“Mood” words can be used in all aspects of a surfer’s performance.
As a surfer is paddling for the peak they can remind themselves to take off deep by saying “deep”.
Note: Words that have the most effect on performance are those ones that you feel are most appropriate to you.
What works well for you may not be good for other surfers.