‘I just need to get more flexible’
Sure, we all appreciate the importance of flexibility in surfing, and for example how useful various yoga moves can be.
We include key stretches for surfing.
Flexibility alone is not enough.
More strength makes things feel easier. If we want to get stronger we can utilise bodyweight but we also need to add some load, (it doesn’t have to be much!) Bodyweight can only take us so far.
Improved flexibility can also come by using other muscles better, utilising load, reducing restrictive and unwanted tension elsewhere.
Also joint mobility is not the same. Learn the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of a quality surf specific warm up, and how to make one your own.
Strength and Conditioning is about minimising or reducing the risk of injury,
as well as maximising performance.
If you are very mobile and flexible, strength training is even more crucial to you to reduce the risk of injury.
‘Technique of paddling or swimming is easy, this wont make much difference for me, I get all the paddle fitness I need surfing’
Getting in the pool regularly is important. I’m working on a session to host this and include coaching. There are technical elements we can run through in the land session that will make a difference!
If you get surf daily, you may well have stacks of paddle fitness. Due to the dysfunctional nature of the required mechanical positions for paddling, even more reason to ensure we are doing work that balances out overused muscles, and works underused muscles, and builds in protection for the back.