In order to get the best out of your private lessons, there are a few things you can do to get “surf fit”.
Surfing is a very tiring sport, especially if you have not surfed for a while or if it’s your first time. There is no better feeling than being “surfed out” after a good day of surfing, but to get the most out of your coaching with us try to do at least a few of the below before your trip.
Obvious one really, if you’re not a complete beginner, the best training for surfing is going surfing (and by far and away the most fun). If you have a board and access to the ocean, go for a paddle even if the surf is not great on the weeks preceding your trip. This will not only improve your paddle fitness but also your wave awareness and timing. When you are surfing, really think about the specific areas you are struggling with so that you are immediately aware of the skills you want to improve – this will make your coaching even more effective.
Get down to your local pool as much as you can. Although the muscles used slightly differently in surfing, swimming offers a good workout for the paddling muscles and a decent all over body work out. Swim as often as you can to improve your endurance and technique in the water. Being a confident swimmer is especially useful for surfing – if you feel calm and at home in the water you’ll be more open to pushing past your limits.
Surfing is particularly taxing on the upper body as we spend most of the time paddling or trying to pop up. If you have not surfed at all before it would be very beneficial to do a small amount of upper body training as trying pop ups for the first time can be very tiring. To pop up you need to be able to lift your own body-weight so, press-ups, small weights (working mainly the Triceps) would be your best course of action. If you are beginner, when booking, we can send you a short video on pop up techniques so can practice on dry land.
Good surfers are very flexible. Not only does this reduce the chance of injury, it enables you able to recover maneuvers more quickly and turn harder. Stretching is the key – the more flexible you are the longer your surfing life will be. If you are serious about improving your surfing, try a little yoga. I recommend a DVD called “Yoga for Surfers” because (although it is a tad cheesy) its got some great routines that will really help.
If you do some or all of these activities before arriving, you will have given yourself the best possible start. So when you are mid yoga session or tired after too many press ups, think about the surfs you are going to be energized for and that “one more wave” rather than wishing you were on the beach…