I have one word for you...no, make that two. Methamphetamine and Wavejet.
You won't need any of the above advice. You won't even need the meth, it would probably just make the experience more invigorating given that you won't really have accomplished anything. Of course, if you take a liking to the meth, you won't ever accomplish anything.
You'd better just find the sweet spot. Seriously, I was told by a few folks that almost any board you're riding, unless it has nose rocker like the shoes Hermie wears at the north pole workshop, you need to have the nose poking up out of the water about an inch or two. If it's barely out of the water you're obviously too far forward, and if you look like the Evel Knievel doing a wheelie then you both look like a dorkite and you are going to have waves roll right under you. Pick a spot on your board on or around the deck logo (most boards put them in view for a reason) and know where your big ol' schnoz needs to be relative to that spot every time you drop from your sitting position to go belly down and start digging. All the advice above about paddling deep and such is also spot on. It takes a lot of water in your board to really feel, unless you are John John Florence and you're riding a 5-10 in double overhead. My old longboard which I keep in the Outer Banks is probably 20% H2O at this point and I never miss a wave. My big wave mini gun is the same. I don't know about sucking on your board though. I'm not going there.
Last edited by tubesock; Jul 26, 2013 at 03:00 AM.
Equis, I've got plenty of training implements to assist with the conditioning localized to surfing muscles. Let me know if you'd like to discuss.
Thanks, EMass. I've doing more running combined with sets of pushups, pullups, and sit ups en route. Haven't been back in the gym much lately. Maybe once a week, if that. Surfing has replaced my time in the gym. After being in an office all day, I prefer being outside - surfing or not. I do get out and paddle when it's flat but have been out less this month than last due the continual flat conditions. I think what's been lacking is the struggle or challenge of paddling out and just being in the water when the surf is heavier.
I'm looking into "yoga for surfers" and other conditioning and mobility type exercises.
Emass is in El Salvador right now so i'll help ya out. Surfing regularly and stretching before and after sessions, then between sessions go swimming as much as possible and focus on your technique, use as little energy as possible with the most gains i.e. efficiency, it's not about swinging your arms as fast as you can as it is about getting the most out of each and every stroke. Nothing will help you more than moving your arms through water, do that as much as you can and you'll unlock the key to paddling.