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Surfing requires specific skills

SURFING: Good surfing requires specific skills right? And the best way to develop those skills – is specific practice. This is fundamental to all sports coaching.

There are many components you can add into your surfing workouts to enhance your surfing fitness and performance.

In our case – it’s best if we simply go surfing. Cool.

But how about when there are no waves? Like right now, the island has not ‘turned on’ the wave pump. In fact most of my crew have not surfed in six weeks due to the pitiful nature of the wave conditions this season. Mother nature is quite happy to leave us wave-less.

How can we condition ourselves to surf better and remain surf fit when there are no waves? Here are some fundamental options to consider.

Surf Training Option One: The best surfers are good surfers. So… ‘surf’ anyway you can – go skate, get on a flow rider, wake board – have fun.

Surf Training Option Two: The best surfers are surf fit. What does that mean? Well… from a training and performance perspective, fit surfers have paddle power, paddle endurance, good cardiovascular (aerobic and anaerobic) conditioning and are blessed with excellent co-ordination and timing. They typically also benefit from good alignment, flexibility and a strong core. Plus an ability to focus and build confidence. I could go on… but hey… you get the picture, there are many components you can add into your surfing workouts to enhance your surfing fitness and performance.

But here’s where it gets interesting.

Surf Training Option 1 – Just surf, skate and board. This is a brilliant lifestyle – one that I love to live myself. However if this is all you do year in – year out, the science indicates that ‘just surfing’ will probably lead to muscular skeletal imbalances, joint wear and tear and injuries. Just look at how many surfers over the age of 45 that grew up only surfing, skating and boarding and are still in the water today with good postural alignment, no…

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