Big Wave Riding and AFL Umpiring Webinar

What do AFL Umpires have in common with Big Wave Riders?
Free Live Webinar 12.30pm-1.30pm AEST Wednesday 18th September

Thanks to Deakin Alumni for teaming up to share about the similarities in psychological challenges, adversities and achievements among big wave riders and AFL umpires, along with how these insights can assist you to reach your peak in activities of passion and everyday life…

All Welcome – Please click link below to register for the webinar… 

For more information about the webinar please see article below…

What do AFL Umpires have in common with Big Wave Riders?

In September 1999 Performance Psychologist Richy Bennett published his first article titled “Overcome your fear: Why surfing big waves is all mind games” in Tracks Surfing Magazine. Rich soon went on to travel globally on the then Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour (now World Surf League) pioneering the field of Surf Psychology through surfing, researching and consulting with top competitive surfers, free surfers and extreme big wave riders.

Since publishing his seminal book “The Surfer’s Mind” in 2004 Rich has been sharing Surf Psychology insights and strategies with individuals and teams in a broad range of high performance settings, including summer and winter Olympic and Paralympic Games teams, extreme/adventure and artistic pursuits, military, emergency, healthcare, education, career and corporate settings.

This year Rich was appointed to the role of AFL Umpires Performance Psychologist and observes considerable overlap in psychological challenges for big wave riders and the AFL’s elite umpires:

“Like the ocean the play on the footy field is always in motion and situations and demands often change spontaneously moment to moment. So similar to navigating the line up and catching waves in big surf, ideal positioning and decision making is crucial”

One of the greatest fears in big wave riding is the wipe out as the consequences can be heavy, and while not potentially fatal, consequences of an error for AFL umpires can also be very heavy:

“Whether it’s 50 feet of white water pounding you or 50,000 unhappy footy fans screaming at you, both big wave riders and AFL umpires need to master the process of acknowledging their fear, seeking deeper understanding and responding with composure and confidence in the moment, and for the next wave or performance demand that’s on its way”

Rich has also observed a number of similarities between big wave riders and AFL umpires on a personal level:

“Big wave riders and AFL umpires share a deep passion for what they do and there is rarely any accolade. They are simply inspired by the personal challenge to perform on the edge and contribute to the greater good of their respective community and game”

Rich has teamed up with Deakin University to present a free live webinar from 12:30pm-1:30pm on Wednesday 18th September titled “From big wave riders to AFL umpires: 20 Years of High Performance Psychology”

The webinar is open to all so if you would like to learn more from Rich about the psychological challenges, adversities and achievements among world class athletes and AFL umpires as well as receive insights to help you perform at your peak in your activities of passion, professional and everyday life please go to the link below to register: