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    Breathing

    Ive been trying to surf bigger waves lately and whenever i try to paddle out, i always end up getting held under when i duck dive or wipeout and i was wondering if anyone knows any ways of training there breath so i can hold it longer.

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    You need to be researching Freediving sites and look for static breathing and hypoxic breathing exercises. It's not something you want to train through too quickly as it can be dangerous depending on how far you want to go with it--you should ease into the training. OR I'm sure you can find freediving classes somewhere near your area.

    I've been made fun of for being a Freediver on here before.... but I bet I can hold my breath longer than them.

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    dude the waves here never get that big just do some basic cardio (treadmill or stairmachine). swimming in a pool is good as well as to avoid those chest high hold downs. good luck.


    Quote Originally Posted by NewYorkSurfing View Post
    Ive been trying to surf bigger waves lately and whenever i try to paddle out, i always end up getting held under when i duck dive or wipeout and i was wondering if anyone knows any ways of training there breath so i can hold it longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlerhody View Post
    dude the waves here never get that big just do some basic cardio (treadmill or stairmachine). swimming in a pool is good as well as to avoid those chest high hold downs. good luck.
    Im going to costa rica this winter and it'll bigger than what im used to and also the winter gets pretty big here

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    Exercise:

    1.hold breath for 30 seconds/rest for 30 seconds
    2.hold breath for 1 minute/ rest 1 minute
    3.hold for as long as you can and time it

    Repeat this exercise at least twice a day (spread out a couple of hours) your step 3 time will get longer after a week or so. But keep in mind that holding your breath while stationary is not the same as when your swimming, so good cardio is important and when you get held down don't panic. Cover your dome, keep a tight body position and wait for the madness to stop. Then find the exit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xJohnnyUtahx View Post
    wait for the madness to stop.
    My favorite part

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewYorkSurfing View Post
    Ive been trying to surf bigger waves lately and whenever i try to paddle out, i always end up getting held under when i duck dive or wipeout and i was wondering if anyone knows any ways of training there breath so i can hold it longer.
    Just curious, how long a hold-down are you experiencing? Even in over-head surf both here and OBX, I've never seen more than what seems like 10 seconds personally. I'm pretty sure with DOH you can get a longer hold-down, but maybe 20 seconds max? While not an expert on the matter, anything longer than that I believe would necessitate hold-downs that last longer than a single wave and/or some *really* big surf.

    The biggest issue I've noticed is that many times you either find yourself A) being winded from trying to either catch or paddle through big surf, B) you're not getting a good breath before you go under, C) you're too aggressive breathing out while under in order stop water going up your nose, or D) all of the above. The best thing you can do if the problem is A) is to get in-shape and properly pace yourself when paddling out and catching waves. Sometimes it can be too tempting to "race" for the line-up in-between sets, but then if you're timing is slightly off, you're getting pounded on the inside while being completely out-of-breath ... that's not a good combination.
    Last edited by jasorod; Nov 26, 2012 at 04:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasorod View Post
    ...I've never seen more than what seems like 10 seconds personally. I'm pretty sure with DOH you can get a longer hold-down, but maybe 20 seconds max...
    10-20 seconds is a long time when your tired from paddling out. If your not an experienced paddler or duckdiver, you will be pretty winded from a paddle out on a bigger day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inland View Post
    10-20 seconds is a long time when your tired from paddling out. If your not an experienced paddler or duckdiver, you will be pretty winded from a paddle out on a bigger day.
    Right, that's why I was saying that I don't think it's the length of the hold-down that's the problem, but most likely the fact that the OP is winded ... so the "solution" to his issue is not so much to increase his static breath-hold time, but to get in better conditioning and pace himself so that when he's hit by a wave, 10-seconds is not a big deal. For hold-downs longer than that, I would think he'd have to be in some really large surf (DOH+), and get caught going over the falls or something that would drive him pretty deep and/or keep him in the spin-cycle for a long time.

  10. [QUOTE=jasorod;147814]Just curious, how long a hold-down are you experiencing? Even in over-head surf both here and OBX, I've never seen more than what seems like 10 seconds personally. I'm pretty sure with DOH you can get a longer hold-down, but maybe 20 seconds max? While not an expert on the matter, anything longer than that I believe would necessitate hold-downs that last longer than a single wave and/or some *really* big surf.
    It not that long, like 10 seconds but i tend to panic and use up all my air so if i can hold it longer i figured id be more confident and less scared.