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.
SIDE-LYING THORACIC ROTATION Yet again, MORE THORACIC MOBILITY! This is a great movement, so use it! In all seriousness, you will benefit from this, your shoulders will benefit from this, and in turn, your surfing will benefit from this. If you’re unsure why this will benefit your shoulders, check out this thoracic spine post.
The second video in the series of “surfers shoulders”. If you surf, you need to work on thoracic mobility as a pre-requisite for improving your shoulders. If you’ve got crappy shoulders, you’re not gonna have that great of a time in the water. Start using this mobility drill, as well as the exercises from part […]
WHAT’S IN YOUR GROCERY BAG? I’m often asked what I eat on a daily basis. So today, I stopped at the store, just for some eggs. As usual, I can’t walk out of the grocery store without buying a bit more. Today, 20 bucks worth of simple, quality, healthy, nutritions food. Organic Eggs – […]
IF YOU SURF, WATCH THIS VIDEO. Bottom line, as a surfer, your shoulders need to move well, and with the average person’s posture, shoulder mobility just isn’t going to be happening very well. To improve shoulder mobility, you MUST first begin to improve thoracic spine mobility. The exercises shown in this video are the first steps to […]
This is an easy one. DRINK MORE WATER. If you want to increase your overall performance, get hydrated! According to the Journal of American Dietitics Association (Volume 99, number 2, pages 200-206, 1999), “Dehydration of as little as 2% loss of bodyweight results in impaired physiological and performance responses.” Research has also shown that dehydration can […]
A friend recently asked me for a few suggestions for some snacks for people interested in sticking with the Real Food agenda, so I thought I’d share two with you that I’ve found to be pretty good. These snacks are both gluten and dairy free, and are amazingly healthy snacks. But before I give you […]
Food For Thought- Surfers Nutrition This is a long and bumpy road my friends, full of bullshit, misdirected corporate marketing, ill-fated media information, and confusion. So where should one start? REAL FOOD!!! Atkins diet, zone diet, sugar busters, paleo diet, south beach diet, grapefruit diet, Fruitarian diet, Cabbage soup diet! That last one is actually […]
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