- 11 September 2012 | Surfing
How do you stay fit for surfing? Surf training books and guides will help you learn and practice the best surf fitness exercises for your body, at any age.
Surf fitness is the last frontier of high performance surfing. Even if you're not a professional, it's important to keep your body ready for the perfect good winter swell.
Creating a simple surf-specific training routine will improve the overall quality of your surf session by up to 33%. Relax, you're not going to be a slave of complicated fitness equipment. It is only a matter of getting better and boosting your natural surf skills.
Fortunately, there are great guides to surf fitness. Stretching, rope jumping, pushups, sit-ups, burpees, running, swimming, staying hydrated, simple diets and relaxing workout routines will definitely boost your metabolism for surfing and for life.
"Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul (And, of Course, Surfing)", by big wave ambassador Laird Hamilton, is a deeply authoritative and cutting-edge guide to peak fitness in mind, body, soul, and surfing.
"Fit to Surf : The Surfer's Guide to Strength and Conditioning", by Rocky Snyder, offers one of the most complete workout programs for surfers, with photos, plans and detailed descriptions of the physical exercises.
"The Art of Surfing: A Training Manual for the Developing and Competitive Surfer", by Raul Guisado, deepens body position and stance, techniques for paddling, biomechanics and the psychology of surfing.
"The Complete Guide to Surf Fitness: The Definitive Guide to Surf Training Whatever Your Level", by Lee Stanbury, guides you through exercises that can be done at home, core strength, resistance training and plyometrics.
"Secrets of Power Surfing - The Power Surfing Workout", by Dave Rearwin, offers specific exercises for surfing fitness in all phases of surfing, including paddling, popping up, board control and general flexibility and agility.
"The Surf Diet", by Chris Mo'e, incorporates the best of what numerous other diets offer, plus the "fail-proof" mechanism of cheat days and cheat meals, which account for how people eat in real life.
"Surf Flex: Flexibility, Yoga, and Conditioning Exercises for Surfers", by Paul Frediani, Peter Field Peck and Jim Lucas, features innovative series of exercises and stretches specifically tailored for surfers, like balance work, yoga, strength training and cardiovascular endurance.