Get in shape for your next surf session or surf trip
The importance of surf training
Over the last few years, surf training has become a vital element of the surfing mix. All the top professional surfers dive into surf training at various levels.
Mick Fanning was the ultimate fit surfer, doing countless hours of surf training to improve his surfing after an injury and nowadays additional surf training is a vital part of the success behind leading surfers such as Italo Ferreira, Gabriel Medina, and Carissa Moore.
Building a strong surf training routine will help you progress faster to becoming a better surfer.
Your surf game can be improved by focusing on different sports and types of training, that will benefit flexibility, strength, and balance.
This will be beneficial for surfers who are not able to surf every day, as well as surfers who want to take their skills to the next level by improving on any aspect.
Yoga is super beneficial for surfers and can help to improve your balance, flexibility, and mental focus.
To build a strong yoga routine as a surfer, it is important to know the different types of exercises/poses and how they affect the body.
Build a healthy pre-and post-surf yoga routine and experience the benefits in the water.
Improve your surf skills with surfskating. Surfskating is the perfect way to improve your technique and surf style on days where you can’t go surfing in the ocean.
Surfskating is both fun and extremely helpfull as the techniques from surfskating translate into your surf performance in the water.
Surfskating allows you to practice your flow when performing maneuvers, and beginners can learn the pumping technique used to generate speed on a surfboard.
Types of surf training
Some surfers pick another sport that can assist them with their surf fitness but not hinder their surfing health or run the risk of them getting injuries. These include running, cycling, and swimming. This sort of surf training adds to the overall fitness levels. It builds up endurance and stamina, all elements of surf fitness.
Other surf training methods include calisthenics, yoga, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and organized training sessions such as Crossfit. None of these training programs run a high risk of injuries, and all can be part of surf training. Weightlifting and CrossFit have become popular among surfers nowadays, since adding extra muscle strength will lead to more powerful maneuvers and turns.
Many believe that the best way to train for surfing is by going surfing. There is much value in that statement. Still, to supplement your surfing and keep fit at various levels, and train for big waves and powerful conditions, additional surf training is essential.