Whatever skill level you are at – this is the time to set a few realistic, measurable goals for yourself. Then you just have to figure out what steps you need to take to get there. So, maybe you have a regatta you want to attend this year (it doesn’t matter if it is a small local regatta or a big national or international event, the steps are the same), there are several small steps along the way.
First, figure out the adminstrative details; when and where is it, how do you register (on-line or in person), what will it cost (registration fee, travel expenses and gear charter costs), how are you going to get there and where will you stay when you are there.
With those plans made, you can move on to figuring out what you need to do to be ready to accomplish your racing goals; work out a plan for how often and when you will practice, how you will improve the skills that you need to improve and who can help you achieve those goals.
Last but not least, don’t forget to make sure your gear is ready. Take the time now to make sure that you take care of any board repairs that need to be done, replace harness lines and downhauls that are worn and make sure everything is in top condition.
You can get step-by-step help for setting goals and working out the details at http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/take_care/motivation.html?tracking=T_RelatedArticle