SPORTS TO HELP YOUR SURFING WHEN THERE IS NO SURF

Kim Akrigg

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Hometown: Vancouver, Canada

Current Residence: Byron Bay, Australia

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Flat days happen. Bad runs of swells, onshore winds, injuries, or anything of the like. Sometimes you just want to get to the ocean, but it’s not possible. Thankfully, there’s some other activities you can do to keep your surf fitness, or just to do alongside surfing regularly that will help your fitness in the water.

HIIT Training

HIIT(High Intensity Interval Training), is essentially what surfing is. It’s a short burst of exertion, followed by a rest period. Training in this way is beneficial for you in that it you blast fat and burn calories increasing your overall fitness. Most people don’t push themselves to the anaerobic zone(where it feels like you can’t breathe) but this is part of HIIT training and builds you a healthier heart. You don’t need any equipment, except maybe a pair of running shoes. You incorporate a plyometric move, such as high knees, or jumping lunges, to get your heart rate going. Try going 45 seconds on, 15 seconds rest. In those 45 seconds you need to push yourself as hard as you can though!

Swim Training

This may seem a little obvious, but the more comfortable and confident you are in the water, and at swimming longer distances, the more comfortable you’ll be in the ocean. You’ll need access to a pool, or you can practice in the ocean if you’re near it. Approach it as you would a regular work out, with a warm up session to avoid injuries. Also try to ensure you learn good breathing techniques, as this can enhance your performance.

Yoga

It’s crucial to any surfer to have a good stretch routine, as this can be the difference between easily injuring yourself or not. While surfing your body is in a position that’s fairly unnatural to it most of the time(lying on your belly with your back arched), and it’s easy to overdevelop and strain muscles without the proper stretching to balance your body out. Yoga is amazing in that it brings the same meditative quality to your day as a surf, gives you a chance to time out and relax, and do your body good at the same time. Whether you choose to go to a class, or just find a video on Youtube, a little bit goes a long way. As with most things, consistency is key and trying to incorporate at least 10-20 minutes every day is great way to build your flexibility.

Pilates

Pilates involves tons of core work, which is what surfing is all about. A lot of the exercises can be done lying on the floor, and who doesn’t love a work out you can do lying down. Some classes involve using the reformer, but you can find ones that don’t if that’s more what you’d prefer. Pilates can also improve your flexibility as well as helps encouraged balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body. Most conventional workouts are weight bearing and tend to build short bulky muscles, which are injury prone. Pilates elongates and strengthens , improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility, which are both beneficial to surfing.

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