Stretching: your surf muscles will love it | Photo: Rip Curl

Surfing is a complete physical sport. The act of catching waves interferes with your bones, tendons and muscle groups. Surfers are known for quickly developing flexibility and endurance, but what are the main muscles involved in surfing?

The concept of surf training is relatively new. In the last two decades, professional surfers have dedicated more time to the performance of their bodies and added special workout routines to their schedules.

But what can the average surfer do, in terms of physical exercise, in order to step up from good to great, out in the line-up? Is there any particular fitness guide for wave riders?


Long Beach, NYC: ASP is in town | Photo: Quiksilver Pro New York

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) will open a new office in New York City.

Mark Noonan, the newly-appointed Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at ASP International, will be in charge of developing and staffing the organization's new office in New York City.

"Planting a flag in the media and marketing capital of the world, New York City, is a natural extension of this growth and places professional surfing in line with all major sporting leagues in terms of proximity to major partnership opportunities," explains Paul Speaker, CEO at the Association of Surfing Professionals.


Mick Fanning: a perfect final at J-Bay | Photo: ASP/Kirstin

Mick Fanning defeated Joel Parkinson to conquer the 2014 J-Bay Open in pristine eight-to-ten foot waves, at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

The road to the final was a tough one for the Australian friends. With strong winds blowing, low temperatures and long paddle outs, Fanning and Parkinson had a few strong names to dethrone before the final clash.

Mick opened the day with victories over Freddy Patacchia, Alejo Muniz and Owen Wright. Joel defeated an in-form Adriano de Souza, and the surprise of the season, Matt Wilkinson, with a Perfect 10 in his bag.