Experience with Antonio Silva
Our mission is to help all our guests become the surfer of their dreams that is why we ensure as much means as possible. We were lucky to have Antonio Silva for a Safety and Self-confidence Course who is not only a professional, experienced surfer but a Billabong XXL bigwave nominee too, having the biggest Portuguese wave record.
The aim of the course was to intensively improve endurance and breathing techniques which are indispensable for surfing. Antonio Silva explained and helped surfers understand how they can use surfing to release stress and tension while sustaining a wipeout and reflected on the secrets of underwater athletes. Spiced up with useful tips and hacks he gave great advice how to be prepared for unexpected situations and what to do when they happen.
The whole course started with a theory class where our professional pointed out all the important things to keep in mind on board. Being mentally ready is one of the most basic and important essentials according to him. From the three days of the course, the theory lessons were followed by two days spent in the swimming pool where everyone could try the movements safe and secure. Surfers were challenged with specific practices which they can actually face in the waving water as well. It was a great scene to experience a new version of training and to efficiently develop the skills. Antonio Silva personally helped everyone one by one and suggested tailored solutions to each difficulty.
The last day was spent in the real-life ocean hence surfers could apply all the new activities they have learnt previously. Besides underwater exercises it is worth doing gym workouts and ground trainings also which are crucial to get a stronger physique and an advanced stamina. Surf involves all your muscles into the work and makes them exhausted by the end of the day so strength is a huge advantage.
Given the success of the course, we are planning to create and organize more opportunities like this to give the chance all of our guests to take part in a helpful and effective learning process. It was such an honor to have an amazing teacher like Antonio Silva, we are so glad and grateful for his unforgettable inspirations and motivating suggestions.