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SURF

ATHLETE

12 Weeks. All-Inclusive

"Highly Effective

TRAINING PROGRAM

That Delivers Results
You'll Feel in the Ocean..."

4.98 (253 surfer reviews)
US$127.00 
One time payment. Lifetime access

Radically Enhance Your Surfing by Improving Your Body

Move Fluidly, Athletically, & Powerfully.
Build dynamic strength & endurance that carries over to your movement in the ocean.
Prepare your body for what your surfing & the ocean demand.
Workouts and Stretch routines that help you move like a surfer needs to.
Build a stronger and more mobile body so you're not limited in the surf.
Improved endurance, shoulder health, dynamic flexibility, core strength, and more.

Discover a Surf-Specific Training Program that Builds "Surf Athleticism"

Enhance Your Surfing & Unlock Your Potential by Building a Body That

Surf fluidly, and powerfully without bodily restrictions.
Spend more time in the water and catch some more waves!
Proven powerful exercise deliver noticeable results in less time
Work on the Skill & Art of Surfing more easily when your body isn't limited, take the brakes off your surfing.

SHORT-TERM TRAINING – LONG-TERM RESULTS
12 Weeks of Simple & Effective Training to Support Your Surfing

You're a Surfer
So You Are an Athlete
No Matter Your Age or Skill

Improve Your Surfing by Building the Foundations that Surfing Requires from Your Body.

Skill & Art of Surfing

Endurance, Flexibility Strength, Power, Durability

Joint Mobility, Breath, Mindset, Health

Art & Skill
Better surfing is built with time in the water, developing the Art & Skill of Surfing.  This is technical and coaching aspect of surfing. 
Performance Aspects
Strength, Power, Endurance, & Flexibility are the base that allows you to effortlessly work on the "skill" and technique of surfing.
Surf Foundations
The Fundamental requirements for the body so that it can function optimally in the ocean.

HERE'S WHAT YOU GET

Workouts, Paddle Training, Enhanced Posture, Improve Flexibility, Joint Durability, and Surf Fitness

Phase 1

FUNDAMENTAL SURF PATTERNS AND MOBILITY

Build Fitness That Supports Your Surfing This is your introduction to true “surf-fitness”. Drills to improve your fluid mobility, Cardio to build your Endurance Engine, Workouts that Develop Dynamic Strength. This is Movement, Training, and Fitness Designed Specifically for Surfers.

WEEK 1

Discover Your Limitations and How to Improve Them
Learn Training Protocols that Actually Carry Over to Your Surfing.
Introduce a Program That Will Forever change Your Approach to Fitness

WEEK 2

Increase Flexibility with Dynamic Flow Sequences
Lay down the Foundations of Durability around the Hips and Shoulders
Develop Your Cardio Routine for those Endless Padde-Outs

WEEK 3

It’s time to start ramping up volume and intensity of training with a focus on Quality & Efficiency of Training
Build Functional Strength in Preparation for Power and Explosive Movements in later stages

WEEK 4

Habits Have now been built for a lifetime of improved movement… because surfing IS movement.
You’ve changed how you move and prepped your body for new stages of training and surfing potential

Phase 2

DEVELOP SURF MOVEMENT STRENGTH & Body Function

Challenging and shockingly effective strength, flexibility, and endurance workouts. Develop higher intensity cardio and endurance for heavier surf sessions and never gassing out. Build flexibility to new levels of fluid movement & Surfing. Strength Development that is tailored for surfers that need to be quick, coordinated, agile, and fit. Enhanced durability for longevity in the surf.

WEEK 1

New Drills, New Workouts, New Exercises, improving how you feel and how you move in the ocean.
Progressive training to deepen your understanding of what performance training for surfers truly is.
Challenging workouts with a focus on building overall health, for the longterm.

WEEK 2

Dynamic Flow Sequences that not only make you feel damn good, but challenge your core strength and flexibility. 
Cardio sessions that simulate the energy demands of more challenging surf.
Workouts that integrate surf specific strength and flexibility.

WEEK 3

New levels of fitness and dramatically improved physical abilities.
Continue to undo what neglect, age, or wear and tear has done to your body.
Recovery routines that teach you how to look after yourself, for decades of high caliber surfing. 

WEEK 4

You’ll be impressed and surprised at how far you’ve come by this point!
Awareness and true understanding of what you NEED for improved surfing performance
Push past previous boundaries and explode into new levels of performance training.

Phase 3

DYNAMIC MOVEMENTS & SURF POWER DEVELOPMENT

This is professional level training that you’ve accessed through smart, efficient, and well planned progression. As soon as you feel the first workout, you’ll immediately know why you’ve trained to get here! This IS training for surf performance. This is how you’ll train for the REST of your life. This is training that prepares you for the rigors of surfing and endless fun in the ocean.

WEEK 1

Full body training that prepares you for decades of surfing at any level.
You’ve progressed to a level of training that truly supports surfing skill.
You won’t fall for surf-fitness gimmicks ever again because you’ve built a library of training knowledge

WEEK 2

This isn’t stretching, these are Dynamic Flow Routines that challenge your core, hips, spine, and shoulders. 
As a surf you need to move quickly and powerfully. This is training that supports that, and improves fluid movement. 
This isn’t crossfit that just smashes you… this is high performance training that enhances your life output. 

WEEK 3

The best endurance you’ve felt in the water because of this final stage of cardio training.
You will see an feel vast differences, even off the water.

WEEK 4

Appreciate the full-body changes that make surfing more fun, easier, and safer.

The Surf Athlete
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4.98 out of 5 stars

253 reviews

  1. Ana M.

    Congratulations Chris Mills and all the staff of Surf Strengh Coach.

    Ana M.

    I am an experienced surfer and an avid searcher for surfing tutorials to upgrade my style and technique.
    The Surf Strength Coach is by far the most complete, detailed, and comprehensive program I have ever come across. I bought several programs including the Surf Skate, the Perfect Pop Up, Surf Athlete, and the Body Weight Training. I’ve been training constantly I can say that I and my buddies have already noticed a big improvement in my surfing. I feel more loose, more fit, more aware, and more confident than ever. I highly recommend the programs. They are effective l and worth the price you pay. Differently than many other bullshit coaching programs I unfortunately acquired before I knew Surf Strength Coach.

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  2. Rod N.

    Thanks!

    Rod N. (verified owner)

    Got out for my first surf today since checking out your Paddling 101 videos. All the tips you cover in those videos are so good and different to what I’ve had going on in my head all these years! Thanks again for making so much of a difference to my surfing already!

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  3. Bryan G.

    Stellar program

    Bryan G. (verified owner)

    I had to move inland for a few months for work and I knew I wouldnt be surfing much, so I picked up the 12-week training program in hopes that I’d stay in shape and be able to get right back to it when I my tour was over. I just started week 4 and have thoroughly enjoyed the program. It’s so much more than just a workout regimen – the short videos explaining each movement are extremely helpful in ensuring correct form. The only thing I would be conscious of for this program is that you do need a few equipment items to completely all of the workouts, but it’s reasonable. I also picked up the bodyweight program for when Im staying at a hotel and don’t have my normal equipment/space. It also seems like a great program!

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  4. Kecia D.

    Great way to stay in shape for surfing(and anything really)

    Kecia D. (verified owner)

    This is a complete program that you can use to stay in surfing(or really general) shape. Cris’s stuff is some of the most thorough programs that I have seen with all aspects, mobility, strength, cardio , breathing that I have come across. He also explains in detail each exercise and it’s purpose so that you have the tools to figure out what might be holding back your surfing, and how you might improve it. It is well worth the money for the amount of information that you get with this and all of his programs

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  5. Matt B.

    Epic results!

    Matt B. (verified owner)

    I completed the twelve week programme during NZ’s Covid lockdown in 2020 when our beaches were off limits for surfing. A year previously I’d subluxated my shoulder resulting in super annoying aches and pains during surfing and in my work as a builder. Long story short, I’ve been surfing every week pain free since completing the programme and definitely going to keep a regular routine going based on Cris’ exercises. Cheers!!!!!

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  6. Marcos L.

    Marcos L.

    very nice !!!

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Is Your Body Holding Back Your Surf Progression?

Discover a training program that builds, improves, and restores surf athleticism.
Fluid, strong, powerful movement capacity...so you can surf!
Workouts, flexibility routines, and more
To enhance or restore your ability to move in the manner a surfer needs to.
Build strength & fluid power that carries over to the surf.
Develop a body that can gracefully work on the skill & art of surfing.
12
Weeks
48
Workouts
130
Movements

The Entire Program
US$127.00 
Get Started Today!
THAT'S LESS THAN US$8 PER WEEK! 

Access Your Training
Wherever You Are 24/7

Download all Videos and Access them Offline

Our fast, easy to use and secure app lets you access your account wherever you need it.

Would a stronger & more flexible body help you to enjoy your time in the ocean?

Get the most out of your time and effort towards improving your body.
Train using professionally designed workouts so you truly benefit & improve.
Build fitness that carries over to how you feel, and how you move in the surf!

BONUS PROGRAMS

Breath Work

What you'll Learn in this Breath Work Program could literally save your life.

Discover the Essential Breath Work Protocols to enhance your focus, calm your heart rate, build confidence in heavy water situations, and boost your overall performance.
Breath is a critical and valuable tool that you will learn to influence your physiology, health, performance and truly impact your surfing.
In this series of 10 Breath Work videos, and well over an hour of content, you'll learn the fundamentals of breath-work. You'll discover the methods I've learned from leaders in the field, and the tools I teach clients every day.  From the basics of optimising your breathing to breath hold training.
The methods you'll implement are some of the most efficient breath training out there.  This series of training is an incredible starting point to understanding how to use your breath to impact your health and surfing. Apply these methods to your life, your surfing, your training, and your recovery.
BREATH WORK INTRO
CHANGE YOUR PHYSICAL & MENTAL STATE
DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATH
OPEN UP YOUR LUNGS & RIBS
BOX BREATHING
CO2 TOLERANCE TEST 142 PROTOCOL
URGE TO BREATHE
BOHR EFFECT
WONKA TABLES
BURPEE HOLDS

Paddling Endurance Workouts

Most of your time in the water isn’t spent surfing, it’s spent paddling.

Implement these specific paddle training workouts and boost your endurance in the surf.  Less flailing and fatigue, and more strong paddle strokes and waves. 
For individuals that don’t surf frequently
The inherent physical requirements of surfing (mostly paddling), cause quick fatigue and potential frustration. I want to help you build your “work capacity”. If you can't paddle you can't surf. That's frustrating and straight-up annoying. You can fix that, and these workouts will do just that.
Long and Endlesly
Your ability to sustain long duration paddle outs, the ability to endlessly move your arms, duck dive repeatedly, hold your breath, and then keep on paddling. These workouts will focus on not only creating a more robust and durable upper body, but also help to give you a buffer of endurance and paddling capacity.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED TO TRAIN

  • Elastic Resistance Bands
  • Olympic Rings or Suspension Trainer
  • Exercise Ball (inflatable)
  • Foam Roller or Tennis Balls
  • A few Dumbbells or Kettlebells

Want To See A List of Equipment Recommendations?  Click Here: EQUIPMENT LISTS

With the equipment listed above, you can train 100% of the program, and have a fully stocked home-gym for life! 

At MIMIMUM, you'll need an exercise ball, and Olympic Rings or Suspension Trainer. You'll need the rings or suspension rig to train pulling movements...it's kind of relevant to the whole paddling thing!

A cheap set of resistance bands can go a long way and opens the opportunity for paddling work, shoulder durability training, and core training.

Light dumbbells can be substituted with soup cans or bottles of water.  Loading the shoulder musculature for paddling endurance doesn't take much weight, so water bottles can be easily used. 

Kettlebells or some heavier dumbbells are recommended so you can apply load and resistance to the lower body exercises.  A strong lower body is durable and leads into Power Training.

12-Week Training Program
US$127.00 
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have access to the program forever?
Yes! Once you purchase the program you will get lifetime access and discounts on new programs.
What Equipment do I need?
All you will need for this program is:
  • Elastic Resistance
  • Bands Olympic Rings or Suspension Trainer
  • Exercise Ball (inflatable)
  • Foam Roller or Tennis Balls
  • A few Dumbbells or Kettlebells
Can beginners do the program?
Absolutely, there are alternative and progressive movements for each level.
How is the program delivered to me?
This is a digital program intended to be downloaded to your mobile device so you always have it with you during your workouts. Once you join the Surf Athlete Training Program, you will receive access to the entire program. Download everything and it’s yours forever.
Why Is Equipment Required?
There are basic equipment requirements for this training program, 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
Refund Policy
All purchases made on our website, or via the Surf Strength Coach app platform are NON-REFUNDABLE.  We proudly stand by our work, programs, and training protocols, and you can readily view the numerous testimonials regarding our programs if you are unsure of the quality of our work. Due to the downloadable nature of our programs, and considerations of Intellectual Property, refunds will not be granted for any training programs or educational programs.
How to Download the Program?
Programs within the Surf Athlete can be downloaded so you can access them offline.

Program content is downloaded to within the app. Separate files are not downloaded to your phone or laptop. Files are saved within the app itself, so they can be accessed offline.

This function works for the web app on your desktop / laptop, and also the phone app.

What Category Are You?

Beginner Surfers

This training will enhance your durability, promote injury prevention, and introduce high level dynamic training.

Intermediate Surfers

You're climbing the skill ladder of surfing, and the last thing you want is for your body to limit your progression. Improve your flexibility, enhance paddling endurance, and build strength so you can effortlessly work on the skill of surfing when you get in the water.

Advanced Surfers

You need time in the ocean, and as much time on the wave face as possible. If you've started surfing you've felt the physical demand required from the body. This program will build the fundamentals that a surf-body requires. Get in the water and rest assured you'll be able to surf as long as the waves permit.

Have you already been working out?

Perfect! This program will show you what high-quality training for surfers truly looks like.
This workout will guide your understanding of "surf fitness" for years to come. As you complete all 3 Phases (12 weeks) of training, you'll come away with a thorough understanding of dynamic exercises that you will implement for as long as you surf.

Have you never worked out before?

That's perfect! You're a blank slate, so this program will teach you efficient and effective methods of surf specific training.
The program will give you exercise regressions, smart starting points, and teach your perfect technique. You'll learn exercises and movements that you can use for the rest of your life.

Online Surf Training Workouts for
less than a fitness class a week

  • Surf fluidly, and powerfully.
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