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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 percent.


You're not going to be a slave to 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, push-ups, sit-ups, burpees, running, swimming, staying hydrated, simple diets, and relaxing workout routines will definitely boost your metabolism for surfing and life.

"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.

"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.

"Fluid Surfer: The Surfer's Bible to Endless Performance," by Michelle Drielsma, introduces dozens of innovative stretching or general strength-building programs and fitness plans into your surfing life. This 179-page book includes hundreds of photos and illustrations, and the foreword is by Tom Carroll.

"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.

"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.

"The Surf Girl Guide To Surf Fitness," by Lee Stanbury and Louise Searle, will help you catch more waves. The book is aimed at surfers girls of all ages and abilities. It offers tips and advice for you to increase your fitness, power, and endurance in surfing.

"Surf Flex: Flexibility, Yoga, and Conditioning Exercises for Surfers," by Paul Frediani, Peter Field Peck, and Jim Lucas, features an innovative series of exercises and stretches specifically tailored for surfers, like balance work, yoga, strength training, and cardiovascular endurance.

Get the right workout equipment for developing balance and coordination and enhancing your core strength.

Also, discover the best food and drinks for surfers.

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