The Wave Pool Whisperers – What professional surf coaches really think of wave pools

In sports coaching it’s not too difficult to get close to an athlete/participant, watch and record their moves and interrupt them for tips and advice. Football, tennis, golf, swimming, baseball, easy done. And then there’s surfing. Unless a surfer is listening to a coach through a waterproof headset (as Ken Bradshaw and 7x world surf champ Layne Beachley did for a little while) it’s damn difficult to call them out after a wave, get them to paddle in, and address just why it is they’re moving like a newborn fawn on ice, rather than nailing the Kelly Slater-esc turn that’s playing out in their mind. Clayton Nienaber, founder and head coach of the surf coaching method OMBE (Ocean, Mind, Body, and Equipment), says the differences between ocean and wave pool surf coaching are multi-layered. There’s more going on that one initially would imagine. “In the ocean, I normally find that people don’t … Continue reading The Wave Pool Whisperers – What professional surf coaches really think of wave pools