Surfing is a unique sport that challenges our mind and body in many ways every time we paddle. The fact that Mother Nature does not provide us with a perfect playing and practice environment while surfing, forcing us to struggle with wind, waves, swell, tides, currents, water temperature, shallow spells, seasons and a moving playing field means that the more time we spend in the water (within reasonable limits), the better we can progress with our surfing skills and abilities.
This basically means that to become better at surfing, your basic training, surfing, is required. Paddling in a variety of surf spots, practicing skills on different boards and learning to read the ocean should be a priority in your surf training. But and this is a very big deal, but get ready for point two.
Point two: Strength training is very important.
Conditioning with correct land and water-based strength movements, exercises and exercises can surpass a surfer’s performance, reduce the likelihood of injury, improve endurance and increase performance consistency every time you surf. This is especially true if you want to surf well now and in the future. The thing is, there is a fine line between what is beneficial and what is not. There is also a fine line between balancing the time spent on your board and the time spent doing surf specific fitness to get the best and fastest results.
Let me explain. World-class trainers consider time to be one of the most important training variables when prescribing sports fitness programs. Time under tension is a strength and condition variable that determines the outcome of any exercise or movement and is therefore highly relevant to any repetition or set during training. Coaches also consider the total training time for each individual and each workout, taking into account the law of decreasing return on investment. In the training world, this means that the longer you train at the same time, the lower the performance or results you can achieve.
For surf training and conditioning, this often means a fundamental truth that we all like to forget. Less is more. Especially in today’s modern world, where we are often starved to death to surf at all. In order to improve explosiveness and power (speed x power) and at the same time develop paddling power and endurance while building a strong and supple surfing body, it is of utmost importance that we pay special attention to the time under tension and the total training time. Simply put, you spend your time wisely when you are surfing strength training so you get the most bang for your buck.
Point Three: Focus on Building a Functional Sports Body
It doesn’t matter whether you are a complete beginner wetting your feet or an experienced professional on a world tour, a functional surf body will always be synonymous with better performance in the water. A functional surf body means good physical alignment and structural integrity, which is why so many athletes focus on posture and integrate things like yoga and dynamic flexibility into their routines. Remember that good surfers are good athletes. Point. Great surfers must therefore be great athletes. People tend to forget this obvious fact. It’s a pretty simple concept. Why should surfers be different from other athletes?
Point four: Train don’t drain.
In most cases this means that short, sharp, surf-specific training sessions are better than longer training sessions. Train don’t drain’ is another well-known condition set that expert coaches throw around because it is all too common for trainers to follow eager training programs that lead to energy loss rather than energy cultivation. This is particularly relevant for surfers who need to be ready to perform at all times.
You see that strength and condition are one of the best things to improve your surfing performance quickly, but can hinder your goals if training parameters or movements are not specific to your sport, body and lifestyle. Why do you think professional athletes have trainers? We are not equal and every exercise or training method is not suitable for every athlete.