Developing the right feeling for it, explain to us what that means?
If I manage a really good manoeuvre, a really good turn, how would that feel? What would I feel, what would I hear? Then you can slip more into it and fulfil that vision. What would I be like if I could kite at a higher level? What would my facial expression be like, what would my posture be like if I was looking at myself from the outside? Then try to bring that vision to life over and over again, that’s visualization training and can boost efficiency and self-confidence.
If you know you have a difficult manoeuvre ahead of you in a certain wind force, then you can visualize the feeling: How do I stand on the board, how does it feel in my feet when I feel the board? How does it feel when I am free in my mind, am I able to react quickly? What kind of mindset and activation do I need, what kind of concentration do I need to be top-performing at that moment. That has a lot to do with creativity, inner peace, with daring.
I have met athletes who have said: “My Olympic victory was no surprise to me. In my mind, I’ve been an Olympic champion a thousand times, I knew I had it in me. I’ve already felt myself crossing the line first.” Or athletes who said: “I knew I could do the course because in my mind I’ve done it a thousand times.” This ‘I know it, I can do it’ mindset can help a lot! Even with a new kite trick that you want to learn.