Jan
27

Flexibility and Strength are Key in Learning to Surf

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When I teach new students to surf in Oceanside, the major hold backs have to do with too much time behind a desk for adults or not getting to the DSCF1185gym. The pop up requires going from a prone position on the surf board to placing your front foot in between your hands while in a push up position. Try doing it in your living room. You can also view my pop up video on the landing page of this site.

If you have not been stretching or have a tight lower back, you will not be able to get your foot to your hands. The problem then results in your only standing at the back of the surf board, bringing up the nose of the board and falling off the back.

Whereas, most students can do the pop up on the beach, where the sand supports the board, doing it in the water is different. Without the support, you rely on your upper body pushing your body off the board and even springing it upward. Then the core muscles have to bring the front leg forward to where your knee touches your chest.

The gym rats spring up easily and then have to work on foot placement and balance. If you can’t do the pop up, practice in your living room 25 times a day and you will get it perfectly.

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