Here’s what went down when Tom Court and crew tore up Tatajuba
The rules of the week were simple for the Slice of Life Clinic – ‘Play Hard and Train Hard’ and ‘There is no such thing as a hangover’.
DAY 1: Cashaca and Skinny Dipping
We kicked off the morning with a quick run through of the objectives for the week which spanned from the impossible: Nick ‘looking good while jumping’ through to first jumps, backrolls and jump transitions. All certainly achievable under the masterful coaching of Tom Court!
For the first morning we had a lagoon session in front of the Pousada – perfect flat water and 9m kiting, while Tom filmed, and coached. In the afternoon it was time for a gnarlier session in the ocean on the 6m kites.
After a long day on the water, we headed straight to the bar and, in true Court Style, the evening kicked off with Caipirinha, Beers and Cashaca shots (which were more like half pints than shots!). What followed next is strictly between the group, but skinny-dipping, lost phones and some crazy dives into the pool all occurred before 10pm!
DAY 2: Bring it on
As there is no such thing as a hangover (apparently), the morning kicked off with fitness (1000 reps – the sweat it out mentality) followed by a huge breakfast with a large coffee and then it was straight into the water for more of the same. Tom focused time individually as we split into smaller groups, with each having an hour on the water while Tom coached and videoed as per.
After an ideal BBQ lunch, we headed off to a different lagoon for an afternoon of freeriding and then back to the beach bar for a video review of the day – and of course a few drinks.
DAY 3: Achievements started rolling in
Progression, progression, progression – that’s the name of the game. The group had all improved so much by this point that the objectives they’d set on the first day were being ripped up and new ones written – Miranda’s objective was to do her first jump! Tom asked which part of the jump she wanted to focus on and she explained that, as she hadn’t managed to leave the water yet, she had no idea about the landing so maybe she should focus on the lift first and then worry about the landing after.
Miranda had now nailed the load and pop, as well as first jumps, and now wanted more. She wanted the backroll while Ronny didn’t just want to be able to do the backroll one way but both ways. It was so amazing to see everyone happy and pushing the boundaries.
We also had the best crash of the week (not naming any names). All I can say is who put the boat in the way!
DAY 4: Everyone is jumping
After a strong session at Guiru lagoon, we all did the 18km downwinder back to Tatajuba. This is a great way for everyone to practice what they have learnt without having to worry about other people or keeping upwind.
Everybody was flying out of the water and first jumps by Mat and Francesca where achieved
A celebratory evening followed of a delicious BBQ, a few shots and a bonfire party on the beach
DAY 5: It can’t nearly be over already!
No excuses, no hangovers and no such thing as NO! We kicked off with our 1,000 reps and then a full day at the Lagoon in front of the pousada; again we split into smaller teams to ensure maximum focus time with Tom.
Nick and Miranda nailed their backrolls, Emma and Peter perfected their toe side riding, Laura and Kasia started riding with confidence and smiles all the way, Francesca and Matt jumped higher and Ronny back rolled in both directions and learned the art of go-pro selfies whilst riding (which is crucial!)
DAY 6: The Final Day of Coaching
Great session in the lagoon in front of the pousada before we headed off to the Grande Lagoon (or teabag lagoon) where you have a huge amount of space to practice.
We then headed up the sand dune to watch the sunset with a few beers and to give a big cheers to an awesome week with an amazing group of people.
The award for the most progress made was given to Kasia, so she’s now the proud owner of a 2018 ION Harness!
The only objective still outstanding is Nick managing to look good while jumping. You can check out the video of the week to see if he managed it…the jury is still out on that one.
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Sri Lanka: 30th June – 7th July and then the 7th – 14th July
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