WindWise with Simon Bornhoft: Help or Hinder?

Duncan Slater
If you’ve been overwhelmed when waterstarting, confused when cornering or dunked when duck gybing, there’s a high chance that you might have been fooled by a counterintuitive moment! Simon Bornhoft explores those instances when our natural instincts hinder progress.

SB's WindWise counterintuitive moments II
SB's WindWise counterintuitive moments II

If you’ve been overwhelmed when waterstarting, confused when cornering or dunked when duck-gybing, there’s a high chance that you might have been fooled by a counterintuitive moment! Simon Bornhoft explores those instances when our natural instincts hinder progress.

A few years ago I heard a ‘health and safety’ statistic that said you’re more likely to drown while horseriding than you are by partaking in watersports! Yep, apparently there’s a higher chance of meeting our maker by being thrown off a disgruntled stallion into a shallow brook than coming to a watery end falling off a board or out of a dinghy. A counterintuitive ‘fact’ if ever there was one. Thankfully, in this humble windsurfing feature we shall deal with more relevant and less gloomy counterintuitive moments, but it illustrates how our assumptions can be erroneous. So as the cantering classes sport their buoyancy aids bounding over the Chilterns, let’s get on with some counterintuitive windsurfing moments.

This time we’re going to look at three defining counterintuitive moments that, in my coaching experience, are linked to tipping points for making key moves. If you read this and think “That doesn’t sound right”, or “That’s not what I would have imagined”, then it might explain why you’re having difficulty and how you could well be going against the grain. I hope these true to life coaching experiences help you solve your technique issues with a more lateral approach.

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