Surfing itself is a really good sport for keeping yourself fit and in shape. However, there are times when you have been out of water for a while and now you might be going on a surf trip, or perhaps you missed a few weeks of surf due to bad conditions, illness or other circumstances. Whether you need to catch up on your previous level of fitness or take it to the next level, give these 4 exercises a try for 3-4 weeks and you will see significant improvement in your endurance:
1) Sand running: If you are lucky enough that you live nearby a beach, running in soft sand will challenge you more than jogging on a solid, flat surface. Interval running of 30 seconds easy jog followed by 30 second sprint is the most effective type of workout that we can recommend. Start with just 5 sets and increase as your fitness grows.
2) Skipping rope: Works in any weather, any time. It can be used as an excellent warm-up before your workout. Combine it with push-ups (1 minute skipping / 15 push-ups) for an excellent all-round, quick and easy workout routine. Besides the regular stance with your feet apart (shoulder-width), try lifting your knees up as if you were running or put your feet together as if you were skiing to make it more challenging!
3) Swimming: Be it in the ocean or a pool, in-water workout resembles surfing the most and will build your stamina and paddling strength. If swimming a regular freestyle seems boring to you or you need an extra challenge, try swimming as far as you can while holding your breath (this will expand your lungs capacity), do half a lap/25m without using your legs and relying solely on your arms or sprint 1 lap and then do regular pace the second lap – this is interval workout similar to what we did with sand running.
4) Stand-up Paddleboarding: SUP will build your core and stability on the board. If it’s a nice day with no waves, hire one and get out there for a paddle! It’s fun, it’s a good workout and it will get you out in the ocean. Check out below for some Stand-up Paddleboards on Amazon: