The head judge at the Red Bull Storm Chase is convinced that it is possible to learn bravery
“You can train yourself to be brave”
THE RED BULLETIN: You were an active competitive windsurfer for 33 years, and in 2013/14 you travelled the world with the best storm windsurfers for the Red Bull Storm Chase. Is it possible to learn bravery?
DUNCAN COOMBS: In my experience, bravery is very often innate. The craziest kids – the ones who’ll climb the tallest trees – will go on to become the bravest sportsmen and women.
But there must be ways of training yourself to be braver?
Absolutely. You have to learn to have faith in yourself.
So you mean there’s a step-by-step programme for bravery?
Exactly. Nothing will work if you don’t have faith in yourself. It doesn’t matter whether you’re surfing a storm, asking your boss for a promotion, or inviting a beautiful woman out on a date. Ultimately, it always boils down to the same thing: developing a lust for life.