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Just because you're not in the water doesn't mean you can't be practicing your surfing skills. Discover the best fitness gear for your surf training program.

If you're an active surfer, staying in shape is not difficult. Combine a healthy diet with a few non-surfing physical exercises, and you'll always be fit to go, even in the most challenging ocean conditions.

The goal is to maintain or improve your overall strength and flexibility levels, so that the most significant surf-related movements - duck diving, paddling and popping-up on a surfboard - become effortless.

There are several workout exercises that you can do at home, or in the office. It's all about getting your arms, legs and back ready for the upcoming (winter) swell.

Find out what suits you. Here's a list of affordable pieces of equipment that will work out the core muscles used in surfing:

 

Skateboard

Skateboard

Skateboarding mimics some of the key movements in surfing. Whether you're cruising, or actively pumping the skateboard like a surfboard, you'll be working out your legs, and your hip flexors.

 

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BOSU Balance Trainer

BOSU Balance Trainer

The BOSU (Both Sides Up) ball is an inflated rubber hemisphere attached to a rigid platform that can be flipped over, providing stable and unstable balance training options. An all-around tool for body and cardio exercises.

 

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Dumbbells

Dumbbells

The dumbells are a fundamental piece of fitness equipment. You can use them for performing several exercises: push-ups, bench presses, alternated biceps curls, shoulder presses, triceps kickbacks, lateral raises, and many others.

 

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Surf Balance Trainer

Surf Balance Trainer

The surf balance trainer emulates the feel of surfing and allows you to train a few surf tricks. It's the perfect tool for improving the balance on a surfboard.

 

Get it: Amazon.com

 

Slackline

Slackline

The slackline is the ideal surf training gear for those who enjoy working out outdoors. Slacklining has multiple benefits - it is a full body workout, improves your core strength and balance, and exercises your foot and ankle articulations.

 

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Twist Board

Twist Board

The twist board, also known as rotational disc, simulates conditions you find in the ocean. It allows you to exercise on unstable surfaces and improves your balance on the surfboard, and in the waves.

 

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Swiss Ball

Swiss Ball

The Swiss ball, also known as the exercise ball, helps surfers maintain a good posture by engaging the stabilizer muscles. It lets you train abs, arms, legs, and torso.

 

Get it: Amazon.com

 

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