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When thinking about surfing, it is easy to think of training those larger muscles groups. The shoulders, the legs, the back. But it is important not to forget about those muscles that work really hard behind the scenes. These muscles are called stabilizers.Think of your body as having two types of muscle.

 

One type, is the type t...

 

 

Just like a car runs on gas, your body needs fuel to get you from a to b. Would you pour coke into your car before a drive down the coast? No. You would want to fill it with high quality, efficient fuel. Same goes for your ultimate movement vessel, your body.

 

Carbohydrates are particularly important for athletes as they supply...

Once you get to the bottom of the wave, bend at the knees and waist

The trick here is to get low. Here we see that the surfers chest is actually lower than her butt. This creates a kind of spring movement, the lower you get the more power you will have to drive off.

 

Leading arm

Reach out and touch the surface of the wave. This all...

Surfing well is hard work. If it wasn’t, everyone would be good at it. But they are not. These little tips are critical for technique improvement, but remember…do not try and perfect all of these in the space of one session.

 

Photo: Roxy

 

Surf from your back foot

Now, I’m not talking lean way back and haul the brakes on. It is esse...

Surfing small waves is really hard work. Often the crowd level will be low as people take one look and declare it “piddly.” Fortunately for us, it provides the perfect opportunity to practice your manoeuvres, and get your wave count up. Here are some top tips to surf your best in small, dribbley waves.

Photo: Roxy

Paddle into the...

 

Have you ever had a surf where everything just seems to come together? Where things seem more effortless, more fluid, the dots just seem to connect. This is what I am going to refer to today as being in the “zone” – a place in which boundaries are pushed and progress is made. However quite often being in the “zone” doesn’t just...

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