As a bit of a lifelong exercise bore I thought it could be useful to introduce a bit of knowledge gained over many years of running, gyming, cycling and most importantly surfing. This is intended to lend a hand to those who love surfing but feel it’s a heck of a struggle doing the bits around it. So here is a bit of info and tips to try and help.
So many fitness for surfers programmes are too ambitious, too boring or just completely ineffective. Too many need a tonne of kit; think of that disused rowing machine gathering dust… So what we need is some realistic things to do that require little or no kit, some excitement and some rewards. As we are all completely different, a “one size fits all” programme is unlikely to work so jump into these suggestions wherever it feels comfortable.
First of all, what do you want to achieve? Yes we all want to surf like Kelly but maybe that’s a bit ambitious. Maybe a bit more paddling endurance? A bit more muscle tone? Often we want to lose weight but that is THE most abused and exploited fitness goal of the entire industry so lets ignore it partly because BMI is utterly daft; I am technically “overweight” due to too much time doing weights but can still run a sub 40 minute 10K and happily fit into 30″ trousers. See, it’s silly.
So here is a list of exercises and their relevance to surfing fitness;
An obvious one you may think but this is fitness for surfers! Sadly this is not one to be relied on partly because only surfing puts a lot of pressure on your back but also because even if you live right by the sea as Mrs S and I do, the surf is good about 15% of the time. Try to rely purely on surfing and you’ll soon look like Shawn Briley but not be able to surf as well. However it’s obviously great for paddle fitness and efficiency; that surfed out feeling is marvelous but all too rare. (Read How To Get Back In The Water)