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The Journey to Better Surfing

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.
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.
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How To Wipeout

How to Survive a Wipeout with Nathan Florence Obliteration.  Carnage.  Aquatic car accidents.  Wipeouts. Get used to copping a beating, because it’s an unavoidable part of being a surfer. We all aim to progress, to push boundaries, and to expand our comfort zones in the surf.  Progressing right along with our upward trajectory is the […]
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How To Surf Better: Improve Your Surfing Skill

How to Surf Better – Improve Your Surfing Skill Progression There’s something special about surfing.  Not only is it damn fun, but there’s an inherent, nearly spiritual attraction to it.  It’s an important and integral part of my life, and I’m sure the same applies to you. Something that I personally feel is a deeply […]
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How to Surf Better: Episode 2

How To Surf Better We’re back! The legends, me and Twiggy, are back talking shit, answering questions, and blabbering about surfing. Speaking of Surf Coaching Trips, go have a look at what we’ve got coming up, and join us!  Surf Coaching Trips Keep an eye out for Episode 3 of Coffee & Surf Coaches coming […]
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How To Surf Better: Episode 1

How To Surf Better The endless ladder of surfing skill acquisition, it’s quite a climb!  We all want to improve upon how we interact with that beautiful energy of the ocean. Myself and Twiggy Van Ryan, a good buddy of mine and one of the coaches on our Surf Coaching Trips, sit down, drink coffee, […]
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How To Overcome Surf Fear

Fear, Surfing, and Skill Expansion How To Overcome Surf Fear Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. Fear is healthy. It is a necessary part of expanding our comfort zones and pushing boundaries. It’s an inherent part of the process when discovering what we are truly capable of. It can also be paralyzing, culminating in […]
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How To Improve Your Surf Fitness Training

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 […]
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The Secrets of the Perfect Pop Up

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 […]
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Dynamic Surfer Stretches – Full Warmup

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 […]
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Laws of Training, Longevity, & Health

Training, Longevity, & Health 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 the laws. Laws: that word doesn’t quite […]
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Breath Training for Surfers

Training for Surfers to Breathe Better… It’s Important… Breath 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, […]
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HEALTHY PROTEIN SHAKE

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 […]
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What You NEED to Know About Nutrition

 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 […]
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Surfer Nutrition – Little Changes Big Impacts

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 […]
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Pro vs. Joe Surf Fitness Program

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, […]
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Surfer Hip Stretches

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 […]
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Upper Body Surfing Workout

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 […]
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Foundations For Athletes, Humans, Surfers

MASTER THE BASICS – SQUAT, PUSH, MAINTENANCE A couple of years ago I made some videos about stretching “for surfers” and threw them up on youtube.  I wrote a few blog posts, filmed a few more videos, threw them on the internet, kept on doing it, and here I am a few years later getting […]
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SCIENCE VS. THE WOO

The woo.  I figured it was about time I share my two cents on the woo.  I’ll get to the woo in a second, but first you’ve got to consider the internet. The internet, it’s an intensely strange thing.  It’s had an absolutely transformative impact on how humans communicate, how information is shared, framing societal […]
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