I started surfing in my early twenties and now I'm in my mid thirties am in better shape than I was then. That's crazy to me because I was a college athlete. If you're an athletic person, keep in shape and have coordination and determination, you can learn at a later age. I am envious of people who learned young though.
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Thread: Beginner technique questions
Jul 10, 2014, 05:13 PM #42
Jul 10, 2014, 05:16 PM #43
You know what I never see? Groms. Maybe I am just in the wrong place at the wrong times, but all of the beginners I see these days are at least in their late twenties. Only ever see kids at contests, with their parents watching.
Jul 10, 2014, 05:31 PM #44
Jul 10, 2014, 06:34 PM #45
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- Aug 2012
- Turtle Island
Jul 10, 2014, 06:39 PM #46
Jake, these guys gave you great pointers for when you're in the water.
Do this stuff for the other 85% of the days out of the year when you can't surf so you can kill it when the swell hits:
1. Cardio is king. Start running at least a few times a week and keep running longer and faster as you progress. On the days you don't run, find a rowing machine to use. These are great full-body workouts that'll increase endurance and overall physical strength. You'll also shed pounds like a fatty with gastro, in turn, making it easier to pop up and balance.
2. Someone mentioned this earlier - push-ups, pull-ups, core strength. Try to do one of these each day on a rotational schedule.
3. Mix in some yoga to keep the body guessing and get some flexibility.
I used to not surf very much because I wasn't in good shape and it was a struggle for me. I went to school at a landlocked college and picked up running. I got into the best shape of my life that first year and when I went back home in the summer, I started surfing again. It was so much easier for me because I was in such good shape and I was able to quickly learn and progress beyond the point of other guys who had been surfing for years just in that one summer.
Peak physical fitness will improve your surfing and overall life experience. No Excuses. Get after it.
Jul 10, 2014, 06:49 PM #47
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- Jan 2009
- Hilton Head Island - OB, SD
Kids are taking over surfing. They are getting better and better, younger and younger. On any given day at a good spot in CA, you will see a dozen 11-13 years old just boosting crazy and just throwing their boards around the wave face like they are skate boards. Not to mention tucking into barrels of all size, from tiny to huge. Kids used to always have talent, but now they have developed style by age 10. Little teenagers that way 100 pounds can power surf and throw huge hacks, tuck in a little barrel and then stick a 360 frontside air totally clean....
It's a sad state of affairs, but it's incredible to watch. John John was one of the first kids from the next generation to break through into the big leagues. But man, the future is in the youth.
No matter where you live, I am sure you can all agree that the talent levels at such a young age are insane.
There was a 13-14 year old kid surfing next to me most of the day during arthur. We were trading waves most of the time. This kid was getting 3 barrels to my every 1. He was just popping up, all 110, 5'4" of him, tucking right into the backdoor of the barrels. It wasn't really an air kind of day, but I was impressed with the kid.
He probably got more barrels that day than anyone else on this island, and he was 13-14, maybe 15 max. Little dude was putting on a barrel clinic.
Jul 10, 2014, 07:41 PM #48Senior Member
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- Oct 2012
Why do it now? For one thing, nothing I have done besides raising kids has been so much freaking fun. And being outside in the ocean with friends, surfing, laughing, trash talking, is wonderful too. Time stands still, all thoughts and cares disappear when surfing. The physicality of it is awesome. Learning something that is so hard is great too. The physical sensation of the drop and the ride is amazing...
No, I sill never surf as well as someone who started younger, but who the F cares? it's not a contest or a race. It's just freaking fun!
Jul 10, 2014, 07:58 PM #49Senior Member
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- Oct 2013
- Atlantic City
Jul 10, 2014, 08:13 PM #50
Here's the thing that gets to me though, I get everyone can talk in platitudes and cliches about surfing, I mean really, is there any other way to talk about it? So yeah, you feel so free, so alive, so in touch with nature, all that. But when I was a kid, I don't remember any adult beginners. Can anyone who was surfing 25 or 30 years ago confirm or deny that? The closest I remember might be some kid's dad who used to surf and got a longboard when you could get a new one again at the local shops. Like, an adult beginner wouldn't have even seemed like a possibility to me. So what has changed? Is it surf schools, wetsuit technology, softtops, what? It can just be that everyone wants to feel good now and before they didn't?