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    Best Excercises for Paddling

    What excercises (besides paddling while surfing) does everyone do to keep your paddling muscles up for long sessions in overhead waves?

    I can handle the paddling in smaller stuff, but paddling out in the overhead waves reallys kicks my butt.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Monmouth County
    just gotta keep surfing pretty much. swimming laps in between sessions is good for those target paddling muscles. also anything that works out shoulders, arms, and upper back.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Davy Jones' Locker
    Like what Divine said. But, in the water sometimes I just paddle like crazy. Beast out man....u will notice a difference after a while as paddling will get easier.

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    Don't sit and wait for waves. Chase waves down look at any of the really good guys like waldo, vince, etc. They all get called wave magnets all the time. It is because they are constantly paddling when they are in the water constantly chasing waves.

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    yeah being in good paddling shape makes such a big difference. I know when I am in good shape i can expand my catch zone by like 15 yards to the left or right. When I am out of shape its like 5 yards left to right. When you can chase down waves your wave count goes way up.

    Also, I've noticed for my self push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups helps me stay in shape out of the water.
    Push-ups- To stay quick popping up. For those late drops.
    Sit-ups- Keep that core strong. For those nice snaps and such.
    Pull-ups- Keep that back strong- for paddling and quick bursts of speed.

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    i can give you a million tipz for paddling faster but I have 1 big question.

    is your body naturally built for:

    swimming/paddling=is your wing span longer then your height + low body fat/muscle index

    this is what I call the HEART with limbs attached. some people are naturally built to paddle/swim. some can train all day-everyday and not get any better.

    what I can tell you is that I like to relax when paddling through the line-up with deep long strokes. when I am in the line-up, I constantly paddle into position by looking at rips, crowds, swells, etc. when a set is approaching paddle fast and use your feet.

    personally, I like running and swimming for conditioning. weights are crap. paddling is an aerobic-to-aerobic threshold activity. my little brother is one of the best paddlers in the country. he likes to be lazy, skate, ride a mo-ped around and surf every bump in the ocean!

    whatever works for you...

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    Join Date
    May 2006
    Lewes, DE
    ya, i mostly agree, that weight training wont do much for you in the water. Unless of course, you want to pump up those guns, so the next guy wont want to drop in on you

    by far the best conditioning for surfing is surfing.

    Anything to get your stamina up, and lungs working like swimming and running is good.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Ocean, NJ
    Quote Originally Posted by divinesurf View Post
    also anything that works out shoulders, arms, and upper back.
    Other than paddling itself, I would agree with this. As Micah said too, running can help your cardio stamina. It won't help you paddle better but it will help your body withstand/recover from paddling better.

  9. Supersets of jumping rope, push ups, and pull ups. 30 push ups,15 min straight of jumping rope, 15 pull ups, rest for 2 minutes repeat X3.

    Currently doing this on my cardio days. It gets me huffin and puffin and my entire body is worked when I'm done.

    Oh, and work your core on other days like mentioned above.

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    i like to swim... but with simulated duck-dives.

    I will just swim laps as normal, except every 30 seconds or so i'll duck under the water and hold my breath as long as i can. Then pop up and keep swimming.

    I feel like it simulates paddling out on a big day, and let me tell you, this is a quite demanding exercise.