The Psychology of a Surf School

Psychology of a Surf SchoolThe surf school descends on the water and the personalities come straight into play. The bold and the brave make a mad paddle for out the back, the young and the playful hunt for waves close to shore where the whitewater provides an easy pick up; the “not so sure”, somehow sit between the two, not sure if they head out the back and not wanting to be seen close to shore. Constrained by fear, constrained by their desire not to be seen than less of what they wish to be seen.

The bold and the brave end up sitting in a void, a place where the waves  don’t break. All in various guises of sitting and lying on their boards waiting so patiently for a wave that will never come.

The young and the playful rack up a wave tally to envy, catching plenty of the whitewater and many standing in the process. The only fear they have is if their fin getting stuck in the sand, bringing them and their progress to a crashing halt.

The “not so sure” aren’t sure. Caught mostly at the breaking zone, unable to pick off breaking waves, too powerful to pick up the whitewater.  They spend most of their session paddling around and trying to break through waves. They get exhausted

The surf school session evolves and they all catch something. The young and the playful catch a mountain of waves that ignites a spark for surfing. The bold and the brave catch the feeling of being one with the ocean and the starting point to reading its moods. Some catch the biggest waves of their lives. The grind of surfing was given to the ones in the middle. The acknowledgement of hard work but fear holds them back.

Have you even been caught in the middle? Fear holding you from taking the ultimate steps and the hard work and the grind removes the fun.

Have you ever just played in the shore break enjoying the waves for what they are.

Or have you ever taken that bold step to paddle out the back, to get out of your comfort zone, and ride the biggest wave of the day.


Tony shared this on the CoachCurl Podcast Episode 28. Lessons from the surf and the Psychology of a Surf School.



Tony Curl
Tony Curl
Tony has been a successful corporate leader for 30 years. He now works alongside leaders around the world, and at home in Australia, to maintain clarity on their vision and purpose, and helps map their way around their roadblocks and obstacles. Tony helps people take the steps in their lives to become an influential leader. The leaders Tony helps aspire to greatness, so if you are aspiring to greatness take steps today. Unless you take action on your goals, they remain a dream. Tony is a published writer and his work is featured at his own Coach "Curl" blog as well as other sites around the globe. Tony is the owner and founder of Think and Grow Business and coaches and trains effective leadership skills and capabilities and develops better leaders, who then build better and stronger business. His passion lies in helping people discover their greatness by raising their leadership ability. Yes, everyone can be a leader and everyone should see themselves as a leader. Be the inspiration for someone today and let your journey inspire you. He has a growing following on his Social Media channels and has been published on a variety of sites around the globe. His words get quoted and shared daily by that growing tribe. He shares under the hashtags #dailyfuel #breaktheshackles. He recently released his first book "Seriously Simple Stuff to Get You Unstuck". Available at


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