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  1. #11
    everybody offering great advice, JohnnyUtah hit the nail on the head. You have to train yourself to take a deep breath before going under, it becomes instinct after a while and you don't even think about it. Secondly, at that moment that your getting thrashed and pushed around, you have to train yourself to let go, go into a completely relaxed state, the more relaxed you are the more efficient you will be with holding your breath, because the power of the ocean is going to win every time. Try doing the breathing exercises as mentioned above, and even the freediving courses that Erock mentioned would def give you more confidence. Whoever is knocking Erock must not have a clue.

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    I bought an "Expand-a-Lung', a small device supposedly used by SEALS, divers, etc.- about $30 from ebay. It does work if used regularly---by restricting the intake of air and the exhale, it seems to expand lung capacity.
    Best advice: stop smoking-'anything'- if you want to surf strongly in yer later years.

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    Lots of good advice here. Like others ave said, you need to relax when the wave is holding you down. If you fight it, you increase your heart rate and waste your oxygen. I got held down one day years ago while my board was tombstoning and struggled to get to the surface. I almost took a breath under water right before popping up. After that I learned to stay calm and you have a lot more time.

    Learning to stay out of those situations is a good idea as well. It all comes with time.

  4. #14
    i posted a thread recently of an online interview with a free diver that can hold his breath under ice water for 22min... a lot to learn from this man

    http://www.swellinfo.com/forum/showt...iew&highlight=

  5. #15

    keep calm but listen to your body

    also the typical advice to stay calm is important! but i feel its also overrated. why? because there were so many times where if i didn't make a conscious effort to swim to the surface, climb my leash, or push off the ocean floor, i would of been done. and the motivation to doing that was panic.. am i right? am i wrong? is it both, or one?

  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by staystoked View Post
    also the typical advice to stay calm is important! but i feel its also overrated. why? because there were so many times where if i didn't make a conscious effort to swim to the surface, climb my leash, or push off the ocean floor, i would of been done. and the motivation to doing that was panic.. am i right? am i wrong? is it both, or one?
    you are right, once the wave has ragdolled your a$$ or pushed you to the bottom, it's time to move...but the point i was trying to make was that initially you just have to go with the flow, cause fighting against it is just going to tire you out and make you use up your lung capacity.

    I've been pushed to the bottom in about 25-30 foot of water and had my head and shoulder pinned to the bottom, I swam as hard as i could to get to the top once i regained control...at that point your fight/flight system starts taking over. Your fighting for your life at that point, and I ain't going down without a fight...and I'm pretty sure most others are wired the same way, otherwise there would be people drowning left and right.

    The best advice is to know your limits, if your having trouble holding your breath when you get wrecked in head high surf...you shouldn't be paddling out in anything above that.

  7. [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.

  8. #18
    As other mentioned stay calm if possible. It is pretty useless fighting a rag doll, I just usually try protecting my head with my arms because I surf over massive rocks. It's important to stay calm because if you go down/wipe out quick, you don't get a full breath inhale; mixed with the rag doll situation or a hold down and u just chill out until the violence wears before the surface.

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    I learned a good training exercise that has helped me tremendously. Get on a spin bike, exercise bike whatever. Maintain a nice medium pace, now hold your breath while doing this for 30 secs, then breath for 30 secs, the hold for 30, then breath for 30.... You get the point. I do this for 30 straight minutes 3-4 times a week. Now if you cant do 30 secs then start at 15-20 secs and work your way up to 30. Good luck!

  10. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by tropic surfer View Post
    I bought an "Expand-a-Lung', a small device supposedly used by SEALS, divers, etc.- about $30 from ebay. It does work if used regularly---by restricting the intake of air and the exhale, it seems to expand lung capacity.
    Best advice: stop smoking-'anything'- if you want to surf strongly in yer later years.
    stop smoking anything? how strong is strongly? are you old? do you smoke? do you know firsthand? definitive facts please and thanks, i'm at the point of damage control not quitting.