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.
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 […]
Surf Paddling Workout-Endurance We’ve all had that feeling at one point, when all you can see is whitewater and oncoming sets, and your arms feel like they can’t move, you’re trying to paddle but you don’t seem to be progressing forwards, and that damn burn in your arms and shoulders just won’t subside. If it’s […]
Surfer Nutrition – Most Nutrient Dense Foods- Get Them Into Your Diet! I strongly urge my clients, my family, and all of you reading this to consider the food you choose to put into your body. In this article you’ll find a list of foods that offer key nutrients that the average person consuming a […]
My Go-To Top Shoulder Stretches for Surfers I can’t stress this enough, especially for men (men tend to be less flexible than women), that you absolutely need to maintain proper flexibility of the upper body. You gotta’ keep your shoulders moving man! For paddling, turns, pop-ups, basically all of surfing, you need optimal flexibility in […]
Breath Training for Surfers with B.E.T. B.E.T. – Breath Enhancement Training Nam Baldwin is a smart guy, and has so much professional experience it’s astounding. If the worlds’best surfers are learning from the guy, then I’m without a doubt going to jump on an opportunity to learn from him as well. I recently did…. and it […]
Foundations of Core Training for Surfers- Basics before High Performance Core Training!!!…… get some ripped abs!!!… Aagggghhhh! Yeah, maybe you’ll get some abs, but what you should focus on is spinal stability and pelvic control, and then progressing into high speed rotational work. What I see too often is guys hopping right into high […]
Maximise Your Body For Surfing If you want to get better at something, then you should put yourself in a position to learn from others that have done what you want to do, have more experience than you, or excel what you hope to excel in. If you want to improve the way your body […]
Surf Training – Pop Ups – Core & Upper Body Do you think your Pop-Ups could be faster? They probably could be, especially if you’re surfing some faster “reefy” type waves, or even if you’re just starting out and getting the hang of popping up to your feet. I get asked quite often about Pop-up […]
Surfing Athlete Warmup Drills You gotta get your body moving. Most surfers spend most of their time behind desks, in front of computers, or in front of the TV… sedentary bodies don’t cooperate with surfing. So before you head out for a wave, spend 2minutes doing some actually beneficial warmup drills to loosen tight tissue, […]
The Stiff Shoulder – The Surf “Ruiner” Shoulder Flexion. That’s the ability to take your shoulder overhead into a vertical position. Try it. Does it grind, is it uncomfortable, is your arm totally vertical by the ear or sticking out forwards, did you have to arch your back, are you holding your breath? You need […]
Dynamic Surfing Stretches.. Get Dirty Loose! This is gonna be a short post. The main takeaway is that you should warmup before you surf. It really is that simple. It Does My Head In when I see totally out of shape, terrible posture, I’m stuck at a desk looking dudes just do an arm-swing or […]
Surf Shoulders… Keep em’ Strong. Clearly, if your shoulders aren’t moving well, cause you pain, or are out of optimal alignment, then your surfing is going to be a pain in the shoulder!! (hahaha… get it, “pain in the shoulder”, rather than “pain in the ass”… I’m so clever and witty). Surfing Shoulder Training… here’s […]
TRX Surf Workout – Get Some Straps Oooooooohhhhh!!! Workout straps. Suspension training is all the rage in some training facilities, with some people doing some damn silly stuff on them. But in all seriousness, get some workout straps, they’re great for those of you that travel, and it’s always nice to be able to take […]
Surfer Core Training.. Pushes and Pulls Baby! I’ve been doing some work with surfing-waves.com and this is a new piece I just did for them. Integrative core training that focuses on dynamic movements… pushes and pulls. Sweet sweet exercise goodness. So much of surfing is rotational movement, and involves integrated chains of muscles. So, it would […]
Surf Fitness Training – What the Fu&* is it? The “field” of surf-fitness training has jumped enormously over the past few years. You’ll find quite a few dvd’s now, some pros have some fitness flicks out, there’s a few guys online (myself included), and a lot of gyms near the water are offering this type […]
Back Pain Sucks and Ruins Surfing I’ve had some gnarly stuff with my back over the years, and I see some gnarly back stuff with clients. Back pain and surfing don’t mix. There is so much dynamic spinal movement in surfing, that it’s quite easy to piss off that spine, and when that happens, you’ll […]
The Good & Bad of Fruit Smoothies… Surfer Nutrition I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, right now…. nutrition, the field of nutrition, the books on nutrition… it’s a mess. Too many people caught up in the latest food fad, the latest best seller celebrity diet book, and people becoming overly dogmatic. People […]
Surf Stretches – Hip Mobility – The Do’s & Don’ts Mobilise your hips, and it will make your knees and lower back more durable. Those are good things, especially if you want to surf into your 60’s, 70’s, and really push the rad-factor and surf into the 80’s and 90’s. If your hips are moving […]
If your Knee Hurts… Your Surfing Hurts What this article will not be is an anatomy lesson. What it will be is a few simple things for you to start doing if you’ve got some knee funk…. cause knee funk turns into surf funk. Myofascial Leg Work… Get Rid Of Knee Funk You can read […]
Jumprope Circuits – Surfing Endurance Endurance, I need some more of it. This last weekend was really my first time back in the surf (some solid waves too 4-6foot) in about 2.5 months. I had been out of the water with a shoulder injury, and would have liked to have eased it into some smaller […]
Full Body Surf Training – Complete Workout I’ve said this before, and will once again reiterate. The human body is designed to move. Run, swing your arms, spin, jump, bend…. movement. These actions require interactions of muscles throughout your body, muscle chains, or fascial lines is what we call them in the health world. In […]
Learn How To Do A Pushup… Then PopUp Surf-Fitness is all about building a stronger body so you can do what makes you happy in life, and do it better… surfing. Your surf fitness training had better have some type of pressing training, and for more carryover to our sport, throw in some pushups to […]
Surfing Mums Yeah, I realise that it’s spelled with an “o”, but that’s how they spell it! Last week I gave a talk to a group of surf mommas from Dee Why. They’ve got a great group of ladies still pumped to get in to the water, in between taking care of their little ones. […]
3 Ingredient Pancakes If you’ve been reading my stuff, following the blog, checking out facebook posts, you realise I’m an advocate of eating real food. I firmly believe that the food you put into your mouth is one of the largest variables in dictating your overall health, well-being, energy output, mental clarity, ability to recover, […]
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