Going with the Wind

Posted by Jacinta Hin on July 17, 2007

I am spending four days on a beautiful tropical island in the company of a group of windsurfers looking for wind. Staring over the ocean they analyze, look for clues, come to conclusions and make calculated guesses about wind circumstances at other beaches beyond eye reach.

They are accomplished surfers who master the art of reading the wind.

I don’t read wind that well yet. I am the beginner in the group and here to learn, not to lead. I listen to their conversations, stare along and try to see what they see.

We came to the island to surf but the wind is not cooperating. It refuses to make a real appearance.

Yet that’s the way it is with wind. It has a mind of its own. On this island it seems even more temperamental, frequently changing course and engaging in battles with wind coming from other directions.

As always the wind is telling us to let go of resistance and find the opportunity in what is happening. It tells us to simply go with whatever it extends. Low wind is an opportunity to practice techniques, mild wind allows for leisurely cruising along and high wind means excitement and adrenaline.

And so we go with what’s on offer. While our wind readers lead us to the best spots we practice our skills and enjoy the occasional fast sprint. Stunning landscapes, white beaches and deep blue transparent water making this all the more worthwhile in our quest for that perfect breeze.


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3 Comments so far
  1. Austin Parry www.chaoscoaching.com July 19, 2007 5:14 am

    Brilliant story. Brilliant analogy.

    Isn’t that just what life is like.

    We can sit and complain about what life hands us, or we can rejoice with what we have received and milkit for all it is worth.

    Enjoy the present moment, make the most of it, learn to see the significance and relevance of it and intuit where it might be taking us.

    As you tell stories of your windsurfing, your energy and passion comes through your story.

    You are a good coach because that same energy and passion also shows through there.

  2. Kees Hin August 8, 2007 12:39 pm

    I’m WIND myself

    I’m able to make sounds and whistle.

    I can shout and blow a little kiss,

    Forget myself, hidden as wind in wind.

    No wind is pain, not able to walk.

    Oh, unhappy friend who lost the wind.

  3. physical therapist November 17, 2010 6:15 pm

    Finally, an issue that I am passionate about. I have looked for information of this caliber for the last several hours. Your site is greatly appreciated.

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