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Everything You Need For Developing Your Surfing

Take Your Surfing 
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EPIC SURF TRAINING PROGRAMS

A Training Journey for every goal

Build Endurance for monster PADDLE OUTS
Feel Flexible and Strong in the Surf
Breath Training for Confidence
Train for Joint Health & Durability
Move Better, Feel Better, Surf Better
A Training Journey For Every Goal

Training & Fitness to Support Your Surfing

Surf Athlete gives you the tools to prepare, train, and recover like a pro athlete, transforming yourself in the process. Accessible anywhere and anytime.

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Detailed Explanations for Every Exercise so you get the Most out of your training and learn exercises for the rest of your surfing life.
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The SURF ATHLETE App
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1016 Reviews

  1. Arthur K.

    Arthur K.

    Your inspiration encouraged me!

    Thank you for all your information & technical advice. It’s slowly coming together. My hips are getting better. I think it will take a lot more time but unbelievable results. I haven’t trained for over ten years. I bumped into your stretching programs. I loved it.

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  2. Jonathan J.

    Jonathan J.

    Great program for all levels

    Perfect programs for any level of Surfer. if you’re willing to put in the work on the land, it will pay huge dividends in the water!

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  3. Mindi R.

    Mindi R. (verified owner)

    From stiff bodybuilding physique athlete to mobile developing surfer 🏄‍♀️

    I use a routine from Stretches for Surfers 2.0 every morning to start my day. I wouldn’t have it any other way, as my mobility and strength in various ranges of motion have improved significantly since I started.

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  4. Lorenzo C.

    Lorenzo C.

    Worth putting time into

    The app is very good! just finished the 2 weeks of the program! Will try the 12 week one and see what happens! Overall great job!

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  5. Sam M.

    Sam M. (verified owner)

    GAME CHANGER!

    Not only has SSC changed my present – it is changing my future too, as I prepare for much longer surfing and getting back to the most enjoyable thing I have ever done.

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  6. Alex J.

    Alex J.

    The App is SOLID and very impressive! Super stoked to the contents.

    I’m blown away by the app, your knowledge, the exercises, and your holistic/applicable approach to this all. I’ve been looking for something like this for a long time. So so grateful that I found your stuff. I see you’re based in Bali. Take care, and please keep the content, workouts, and knowledge comin’. Phenomenal!

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  7. gerry l.

    gerry l.

    The results are AMAZING! ZERO PAIN!!

    Thank you for the programs.. I am about 6 weeks into the stretches and am virtually pain free. Also, you can see from the pictures I’m improving in my flexibility, hands up and eyes and head focused to my target. Even at 59 years old it’s possible to regain my confidence.

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  8. Christian P.

    Christian P. (verified owner)

    All the programs and workout plans are all well designed and thought out

    Living in the middel of Germany so I`m as landlocked as you can be. Training on land (especially surf technique) is a need for me, if I want to make the most of my surftrips.

    I´ve been through the surftraining sucess and streches for surfers program, the carboard surfer and now member of the Ocean Sports Academy. I can say that all the programms and workoutplans are well designed and thought out. Working with The Surfstrength Coach had and still has a huge postive impact on my surfing and my overall health. It really take`s off the brakes.

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  9. David H.

    David H.

    Keep up the good work Cris, your knowledge, passion and commitment to what you do is truly admirable.

    What you’re providing the average punter like me with, is a truely valuable resource to help us to enjoy our passion for surfing at a deeper level, and subsequently live a healthier life in the process.

    I’ve been a follower of your posts for probably 8 of the last 10 years, adopting the odd stretch or movement into my (sometimes) daily routine, and found them really beneficial. I appreciate your take on how us humans should be able to keep moving in the way we were designed to. It all makes perfect sense.

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  10. Michael Zazzali

    Michael Zazzali

    I have always found your information to be insightful, smart, and of course entertaining.

    I’ve been following you for the last few years. I have been surfing only 8 years and initially always looking for intelligent info on how to advance my surfing. As a physical therapist for over 27 years I’ve become critical of what info is on the internet. I realize how much useless and at times even harmful information is out there. I told all of my surf friends to check your site out and they have enjoyed learning from you.

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  11. Camron C.

    Camron C.

    You helped me get better at surfing!

    Excellence & full dedication to craft is rare to find in this world and you exemplify it and that has helped me get better at and enjoy surfing much more than I had previously to being made aware of Surf Strength coach last year . I look forward to taking and retaking all of them and continuing on with fitness and nutrition provided through your formats. Thank you again and keep up the great work !

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  12. Thomas G.

    Thomas G.

    Great stuff

    Your programs have begun to have a positive impact. While I haven’t transitioned any of it to the water just yet, the joint mobility and strength guidance is positively affecting my life generally – improving my joint health and mobility, improving my posture when I play guitar, improving my agility and strength in jits, hell just helping me sit, stand, and breathe better.

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  13. Tiago N.

    Tiago N. (verified owner)

    Helps me improve my overall surfing

    The surfskate program along with the cardboard one, has been a great tool to my surf improvement. Making me more aware about what I am doing wrong and, more importantly, providing the direction for how to improve. Keep it up Cris!

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  14. Justin M. R.

    Justin M. R. (verified owner)

    A Great Teacher + Real Training + Great Platform

    Cris Mills has been focused on surf training for a long time, putting out great videos when there were none to be found anywhere. His approach is backed by workouts that really work and his teaching ensures that you can perform every action on your own and build at your own pace. Since he was first posting videos on YouTube, he has dedicated himself to these teaching and developed a great platform to manage and track your workouts, so you can progress towards great goals. I’ve used three of his programs now, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

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  15. Rod N.

    Rod N.

    Thanks heaps! Best of the best!

    This program is the best! It’s full of awesome strength, flexibility, mobility & recovery routines. It has changed everything for me, I wish somebody told me all of this in my 20s instead of my 40s! The app works great and everything is presented so well.

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  16. Fred K.

    Fred K. (verified owner)

    Great communicator, and well thought out instructions! Absolute first class

    I have a NASM certification but my flexibility is limited and I realized that during my first surf lesson and immediately bought a few of your products. They really work. I have been doing some new things I learned in terms of flexibility and dude you are a rockstar! I can’t begin to compliment you enough and I wish we were neighbors, you are my kind of guy. So yes, I am in, all the way. Thank you for creating a system that is bringing joy to my life.

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  17. henry m.

    henry m.

    I can't thank Cris enough

    I have had lower back problems for years and can get quite stiff through the hips with limited movement and yes a lot of pain at night after work (concreting). Since starting the program I have had a huge transformation through this area, the stiffness has greatly reduced my range of movement has increased and I feel like a grommet again. I can’t thank Cris enough.

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  18. Ben C.

    Ben C. (verified owner)

    Thank you so much for creating this program

    The App rocks! It’s helping me more than any physical practice, and that is translating to many things in life.
    Thank you so much for creating this program, and the App, and for the generous discount!

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  19. Damian G.

    Damian G. (verified owner)

    It improved my surfing technique out of the water

    The surf skate program is great and has helped me make a huge improvement on my surfing technique. It has also helped me to get my partner and kids on to a surf-skate and immediately get them going and thinking about how they need to position themselves. For me it is mostly about getting as much surfing practice in as i can when i’m away from the water – for that it has worked a treat.

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  20. Josh S.

    Josh S.

    To good to miss this amazing program!

    Been smashing the program and have never been as flexible as I am now absolutely frothing on it. Thanks for taking the time to put that content on the app it’s seriously changed my surfing.

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  21. Zachary G.

    Zachary G.

    Cris you're a legend!

    Your surf strength products are the best thing that happen to me in 2020. I believe I have purchased every one product you offer. I’m healthier, more flexible, and surf better than I ever have. Because of that, 2020 wasn’t all that bad for me… basically because of your online programs. If you are ever is San Diego reach out and we can grab a surf.

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  22. Ben C.

    Ben C. (verified owner)

    Thank you Cris

    Cris you should know that because of your work and communicative skills you are part of a group of people who have transformed my life over the last 5 years… big time bro! Much gratitude I can’t believe I’ve only been surfing for 5 months!! We have so many years ahead.

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  23. Mindi R.

    Mindi R. (verified owner)

    So stoke! Keep inspiring.

    This is awesome, Cris! My hubby and I LOVE the app, tutorials, and updates. I use the Flow routine whenever I need to reset or have an active recovery day.

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  24. Ben C.

    Ben C. (verified owner)

    The App rocks!

    The App is helping me more than any physical practice yet, and that is translating to many things in life. Thank you so much for creating this program and app, and for the generous discount!

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And who said there ain't no such thing as a free lunch? The Surf Athlete Academy is dropping free "meals" for days!

FREE Bonus #1: Breathwork Essentials for Hold-downs & Confidence

I don’t want to DROWN so I do Breath Work….

Confidence, trust, and the physical ability to hold your breath for longer periods of time can be an incredible thing for your surfing.

Part of being a surfer IS faith, trust, and confidence in your breath hold. Start the Breath Essentials program and see how far you can take your breath hold.

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Flexibility & Fluid Surfing - 10 Minutes per day is all it takes

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Whether that’s popping up, standing, cruising, bottom turn, top turn and driving speed, you’ll know how and by practising the drills, you’ll gain muscle memory, allowing you to repeat these movements on command in the water and this is the vital piece missing.

If you’re learning to surf its even better as you have minimal to no bad habits to replace, which will translate to a faster progression simply training good habits from the start.

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Surf Trips. They're a beautiful thing. Get the most out of them!
 
Get physically prepped, and the tools to make that happen,

You can, and should focus some efforts at trip prep. It simply comes down to surfing AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. 

Value: $149

FREE Bonus #5: Access to the Stoked Surf Athlete Community

A forum for those going through the journey of Surf

Training. Ideal to exchange ideas and offer insights into skills, performance, movement, and general surfing thoughts and interests.
 
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The Most Comprehensive Surfing Training Programs Ever Created

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As soon as you get the programs you’ll realise how tremendous of a resource this truly is, and how you won’t need any other surf training programs. You can, and will, refer back to these programs for years to come. As long as you’re surfing you will be using these programs, I guarantee it.

This will change how you train and how you move your body. Ultimately it will help you with your surfing. 

These are the tools that guide your workouts, track your progress, and remove the guesswork from your workouts. Have confidence knowing you are doing the best possible workout..

 

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These programs are amazing and deliver results. Yet those results rely on YOU putting in the effort, dedication, and consistency.
We have absolute confidence in our programs, our app, and our products, as we stand behind the countless customer results, and our time tested methods.
Our Surf Athlete Academy subscription comes with a 7 Day Refund Guarantee, and at any time you can cancel, or refund your money. We are more than happy and completely willing to stand behind our guarantee and our programs, we simply leave it in your hands to apply the effort. What can your fitness and surfing become!?

MEET THE GUY WHO’S TRYING TO
HELP YOUR SURFING

Cris Mills

On a daily basis I help people and surfers train from rehab to performance. I know what a surfer needs to do to keep themselves in the ocean, and have been spreading that information through my various work online.

Improving your surfing requires improving the foundations of movement and athleticism. Flexibility is a key part of that process. I wanted to give surfers an easy resource to improve their flexibility, help to eliminate pain, and simply move and feel better.

Surfing in pain sucks, I’ve done it, and I’m sure most of you have as well. We all need to work on body maintenance, and help keep ourselves out of pain. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Cris Mills?
Cris is a full on frother, surf coach, massage therapist, performance coach, trainer, and Chek Practitioner. That’s a lot of titles that basically mean he has incredible insight into the human body and how it relates to surfing, and surfing better!

His professional background pulls from highly integrative approaches to health, rehab, and performance training. This has helped him to see the body, and more importantly, a surfers’ body, from a holistic and interconnected manner, whether that be nutritional, chemical, or mechanical.
Do I need any previous experience?
No matter if you’ve trained in the gym for the last decade, or never lifted a weight before, the Surf Athlete App programs are designed to help YOU improve your movement, confidence, and fitness, so you feel better in the water.
I’m an experienced surfer. Will this be useful?
Experienced surfers are in it for the long haul. If your body can’t move, you can’t surf. If you have any interest in surfing longevity you NEED to prioritise your health and fitness. The Surf Athlete App programs will give you the tools to support your surfing via improved fitness.
What is the format of the programs?
Programs in the app vary in duration and training based on the individual program. Some programs are 6 weeks, some are theory based, while others are 12 week follow along training schedules. All programs are delivered via the Surf Athlete App in an easily structured, and simple to follow format. You’ll be stoked on the training and the results.
How much time do I need to take the programs?
Some of the programs require 6, 8 or 12 weeks to finish. But you can work at your own pace, follow whichever of the programs are of interest to you, and mix and match your training based on your goals and surfing desires.
Do I need any equipment to complete the programs?
A few of the programs require some basic training equipment, while other programs require a surf skateboard, and in some programs you only need your body.

Here’s a list of equipment recommendations and the associated programs.

• Surf Athlete Training
• Perfect Pop Up
• Stretches for Surfers

This link also provides additional information.
Why Is Equipment Required?
There are basic equipment requirements for some training programs, but with these basic tools, you'll be able to train effectively for years to come.

To train efficiently in the movement patterns that carry over to surfing, applied resistance is required. Take paddling, for example, it's a pulling movement, so various forms of pulling need to be trained to develop endurance and durability.

A set of Olympic Rings, elastic resistance bands, or some light kettlebells will allow for a vast array of pulling exercises to ramp up your paddling endurance.

Much of the Rotational Core work requires either an Exercise Ball or Resistance Bands. Developing strength and power for the lower body requires the addition of resistance so a Kettlebell becomes quite beneficial.

Training with weights or resistance won't make you into a meathead or overly bulky. What it will do is help you to develop a stronger and more capable body.

If you don't have all the equipment right away, no worries. For nearly all exercises there are alternative movement options if you don't have that particular piece of equipment.
Can beginners do the program?
Yes! Absolutely!

Beginner surfers will benefit greatly from the technique programs as well as the training. The last thing you want when trying to learn to surf is a body limiting your time in the water!

For those just beginning to train and diving into fitness, no worries! All programs are easily structured, teach you all the details of exercises, and give you exercise progressions or regressions. There is also an amazing community forum to post any questions or considerations you have about any aspects of training and the app.
How is the program delivered to me?
All of our Surf Training Programs are digital products intended to be accessed through your mobile device using the Surf Athlete App. We also have a webapp which is accessible through any desktop or laptop computer. Our app can also be cast to Smart TVs.

Once you join the Surf Athlete Academy, you will receive access to all fo the included programs immediately. You also have the ability to download workouts and training content for offline viewing so you can easily train even when no internet connection is available. You’ll be stoked to have some stretch programs on your Indonesian boat trip!
Do you offer closed captions or subtitles?
This course comes with carefully proofread subtitles for anyone who can’t hear the audio.

If English isn’t your first language, no problemo! We are currently offer the app's content in Spanish, Portuguese and French
How to Download the Program?
There will be a download button for each video that looks like an arrow pointing downwards.

Note that the download functionality works for the app and the browser ONLY, and we don't give the physical file to have them in video format other than playing it on the web app or mobile app. This is in order to protect intellectual property.

To access the downloaded videos, please go to ''Profile'', then click ''Offline''. All of your downloaded videos are stored there. Deleting is easy as sliding it from right to left on your screen, which will bring up the trash bin option..

Remember, you will always have access to the programs as long as your membership is active. Think about it like Netflix, once you stop paying, you lose access.
How does the money-back guarantee work?
These programs are amazing and deliver results. Yet those results rely on YOU putting in the effort, dedication, and consistency.

We have absolute confidence in our programs, our app, and our products, as we stand behind the countless customer results, and our time tested methods.

Our Surf Athlete Academy subscription comes with a 7 Day Refund Guarantee, and at any time you can cancel, or refund your money. We are more than happy and completely willing to stand behind our guarantee and our programs, we simply leave it in your hands to apply the effort. What can your fitness and surfing become!?
Is it safe to pay by credit card online?
We use advanced encryption and security to protect your payment information. Your private data is never shared with anyone. We can’t even see your credit card details ourselves.

In case you don’t like paying by credit card online, you can also pay with your PayPal account.

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