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Time for a surfer’s workout

SURFING: Did you happen to see Mick Fanning dominate in last week’s world tour JBay event? If not, treat yourself and Google the final heat where he exploded wave after wave leaving not one section of the wave unattended.


Tim Campbell

Saturday 23 July 2016, 05:00PM


Lim, the winner of the Kamala surf contest last weekend. Photo: Rat Punarak
Lim, the winner of the Kamala surf contest last weekend. Photo: Rat Punarak

Mick brilliantly demonstrated his ability to read the wave and make sure he executed the best manoeuvrer possible at the right time. It was like watching a gymnast land a one handed cartwheel into a triple back flip every time, perfection!

Now, other than the obvious point of Mick being freakishly talented, his fitness & power plays a huge part of his success in being able to shred on every wave and earn himself the trophy.

To see a rapid improvement in your own surfing, focus some time on your surf fitness.

Phuket doesn’t offer great waves every day, so it allows you time between sessions to train.

Surfing as much as possible will give you that edge, but also the odd 5km jog together with strength, power and endurance interval training will take you to the next level.

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Does that seem daunting? Ignore the scary fitness terms and just practice what you would do in the water on land.

For example, instead of paddling, run on the beach, and every 200 metres instead of doing push-ups, jump to your feet from a laying down stance just like you would jump up on your board to ride a wave.

For more surf fitness training ideas contact me.

Remember surfers, when you have a good level of surf fitness it will allow you to paddle stronger allowing you to catch more waves and have more fun!

Tim’s Tip: Train with a friend, it’s more fun and you can help each other with your techniques.

 

 

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