Through improved technique, a highly functioning body, and supportive movement and nutrition. This is the path, an education if you will, to improving your surfing with the understanding that your body needs to function optimally.
The Journey to Better Surfing
Surfing is a life requirement, or at least it is to me, and I'm sure it is for you as well. Longevity and progression is the name of the game, and this requires a multifactorial approach. Yep, it's holistic, as bastardised as that term has become. Through approaches that improve your breath, sleep, nutrition, and movement, you improve the capacity of your body. You apply that capacity towards your skill acquisition (surfing), and understand that even that skill acquisition requires a holistic approach.
The ability to read the ocean, to understand board design, the mental game we all face with surfing, and the actual technique, are all key aspects to improvement. Once again we look back at the functioning, or lack, of your body. So without going on for too long regarding how I truly view surfing and our interaction with the ocean, and our health journey, here is the path, the essentials, to creating a deeper understanding of what your body needs to improve your surfing.
It’s not just standing on wobble boards. What “surf fitness training” means to me is taking a realistic look at the movement requirements of the sport, and then taking an honest appraisal at your own strengths and weaknesses. Then it comes down to filling the gaps with smart and efficiently applied training. Here’s some higher […]
Fix Your Pop Up A skilled, fluid, and effortless movement, or a fumble and flail towards kookdom. If your surf pop up is in the fumble and flail category, then this post is a mandatory read on your path to better surfing. The Pop Up: It is a movement that is either unconsidered by those […]
A Full Sequence of Mobility Dills & Dynamic Surfer Stretches. It’ll Help You Move Fluidly. Movement: Dynamic flexibility, the capacity to be mobile through joints, and to move with ease, control, and strength. It’s pretty relevant to this whole surfing thing we take part in. It’s not going to suddenly make you rip, but it’s a big […]
“Top” lists are always a small act of futility. There is so much variability in the human body, and a countless variety of surfing exercises, it is grossly difficult to pull out some singular exercises and call them the best. The key with smart training is tailoring exercises to the individual, their goals, and their […]
Training, Longevity, & Health Dredd… I hope you get the reference. The Laws of your body, and more importantly the process of adaptation. That’s all life is really, a process of adaptation. Ability, willingness, and assimilation of new “stuff” in life, and adapting to it. That’s health, it’s your fitness, it’s your relationships, so adhere to […]
Training for Surfers to Breathe Better… It’s Important… Breathe Training. Your life depends on it. Literally. This rings especially true for surfers. If you’ve ever been in a hold-down situation, you know the fear, the anxiety, and that instinctual need for breath that kicks in. The freaking out, the chaotic kicking and paddling for the surface, […]
THE SURF SHAKE – GUIDE TO HEALTHY PROTEIN SHAKES If you’re a surfer who understands that you can help your performance by ingesting better quality foods, and really want to make an impact on your health and energy in the water, then keep reading and see how you can easily make your own healthy […]
Paddling Strength – Upper Body Strength – Better Pull-ups The commonly bastardized pull-up. I call them Golum pull-ups. Shoulders hunched up in the ears, head jutting forward in a futile attempt to get the chin over the bar, rolled forward shoulders with tensed up pecs, spastically kicking your legs. Is that gnarly movement […]
Surf Better: Movement Practice & Surfing This is absolutely not a list of the 3 exercises that will boost your surfing, or the 1 thing you need to do to boost your health, or any of that pervasive fitness clickbait. I’m going to do the opposite of that. I’m going to give you a template […]
I want you to be aware of Foundation Training. There’s a disconnect in the modern world with how our bodies are designed to move, and how we habitually move them. Sedentary, weak, and collapsed postures are the norm and coincide with back pain, hip pain, shoulder pain, immobility and fear of movement. That does not […]
Stretches for Surfers – Upper Body Joint Health & Movement Drills Movement. That’s the key. Modern living doesn’t require it. Convenience of technology has taken out the need to use your body. No longer do people have to move 3-dimensionally in their day to day living. Then you combine that complete lack of movement, the […]
The Foundations of Nutrition for Surfing Athletes What You Need to Know to Make a Beneficial Impact on Your Nutrition. The field of nutrition is a mess. I basically view nutrition on a similar scale as that of politics, and religion. It is convoluted, filled with mis-information, and particular views vary highly from person to person […]
Quickly & Easily Improve Your Health & Nutrition Here’s some easy, but relevant aspects to your nutrition, that Mr. or Mrs. Average should apply. This stuff is fundamental. There’s a lot of extremism, and fad-dominance in the food-world of social media. This stuff right here is easily applicable, and highly relevant. Make a few basic […]
You are Not a Pro. Most of us aren’t top level athletes. (some tend to think we are though… still living the dreams!) Don’t train like a pro, but train similarly. Smart regression. Here’s how. Two variations of surf fitness programs. Athletic Capacity. That’s the goal. To increase your bodies capacity for speed, power, strength, […]
Get Your Hips Moving – Here’s 3 Key Hip Stretches The hip joint is structurally designed to move. Modern living, lack of movement, seated postures, these things over time severely restrict your hip joint motion. Desk Jockeys, Older Guys, People that are always really stiff…. Work on this stuff. Your hip needs to be able […]
Injuries, Lack of Endurance, and Lack of Flexibility. That’s probably what I hear about the most from people, or what I see as the general bigger issues. With this video and post, we’ll tackle the lack of endurance. Be sure to watch the Upper Body Surfing Workout video below. A key is making sure you […]
FLEXIBILITY & STRETCHES FOR SURFERS HERE’S HOW TO MOVE BETTER, IMPROVE YOUR STRETCHING, AND IMPROVE FLEXIBILITY Give this a read, and I’ll give you the quick details of how to stretch more effectively. For the non-stretching folks, this is how you can get started effectively. Why?… You gotta’ get loose man. Most of the […]
How to Improve Flexibility for Surfers, Getting out of Pain, and Improving How you Move…. Green Balls. Time is short. Time to train, or move, or help yourself get of pain, or improve flexibility is valuable. It can be difficult for people to simplify what it is they should be working on. Tennis ball love, […]
Florida got some damn good surf in mid-February. It was the first time I’ve surfed in about 2months (since getting back from Indo). It was a solid 4-5foot swell hitting central Florida, super-fun, but did require a fair bit of effort, and had some heavy sweep. I was pretty damned surprised at how quickly I […]
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR POP UP – EXERCISE FOUNDATIONS If you can get to your feet quickly, and with no real faults, you’ve probably never actually considered what it takes to get to your feet, or how to improve your pop up. If you fumble around and clumsily get to your feet, pulling that […]
I GOT SURFED OUT!! I actually got surfed out! First time that has ever happened to me. I’ve heard of this rare occurrence before from some fellas that had driven through mexico, but hadn’t come across it first hand. It was like the elusive purple unicorn! By the last day, I didn’t care that it […]
5 Ways to SHREEDDDDDDD!!!!! The best way to improve your surfing, is surfing. Clearly. For those of us that aren’t fortunate enough to get in the water and surf perfect 3-5foot everyday, we need to do some land based training. I’m going to give you the top 5 ways to improve your surfing. There are […]
How to Improve Surfing Paddling Power and Endurance What you do in the gym strengthens the foundations of athleticism. These foundations allow you to work on and improve your skill in the water. Surfing will always be the best thing to do in order to get better at surfing. Bottom line. But, gym-time or focused […]
Thoracic Spine Mobility to Save Your Shoulders If You’re Posture is Bad, Your Shoulders Will Get Hurt Learn how to improve the way your spine moves with a few simple drills. This will lay the foundation for a well-moving and mobile upper body. If you’ve got crappy shoulders, you’re not surfing, or at least not […]
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