Training as competitive gymnast for 20 years, I think that’s why surfing came quick to me. I’ve been thinking a lot about becoming more fit to increase my endurance and strength to improve my surfing.  I remember my first day in the water, my entire body was sore and I was exhausted to the point I fell asleep right when I got home. It takes a lot of conditioning in and out of the water to be able to surf longer and to have more fun.

2002 US National Championships

For example, when paddling you use a lot of back, arm and neck muscles. If you focus and condition these muscles your paddling power will increase, and if you increase the number of repetitions in each set, you can build endurance. Paddling to the line up takes a lot of strength, paddling to the line up multiple times after catching a wave takes a lot more endurance that you can condition for.

Gymnastics to break dancing as a child came easy

In this series, I will begin core conditioning out of the water using a number of techniques I learned while being a competitive gymnast. This will require an intense and consistent routine. I trained for 3 hours per day after school, 1 hour was conditioning and the other 2 hours were spent on each apparatus, still rings, floor exercise, vault, high bar, parallel bars and pommel horse.

Surfing as an adult is bliss and only natural

If you’re interested in strengthening your core and gaining more stamina, this blog series is for you.

To start, here’s a video of me on American Ninja Warrior ( I never trained for it but still managed to get on set out of 200 candidates at the audition).

 

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