Excersize is great. Yoga is great. diet is great....... but there is no substitute for surfing.
Holding your position on the board, duckdiving and poping up are so unique that I belive that the only cure for the noodle arm effect is surfing. When I start surfing 2 and three time a week in the spring I can barely put 2 hr in the water by June I can do 5 to 8 hr no problem. If you cant make it too the beach durring the week. Then find a pool. But nothing beats the real thing. After 2 or 3 weeks of surfing every other day your muscle memory will adjust and you wont feel sore or tired after a sesh. If your a weekend warrior
Combination therapy ( excersize, yoga, diet) will help.
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Thread: Paddling question
Feb 17, 2010, 11:00 AM #12
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Feb 17, 2010, 11:12 AM #13
Yep... full body work, light weights, high reps, a good diet, yoga for flexibility, sprint/jog running... all good advice for increasing paddle power and overall fitness. Bulking up is not a good idea for most of us mere mortals. Cardio work can't hurt, and will keep you in the game long term. Absolutely... swim if you can, and surf as much as possible. Paddle back out instead of walking up the beach, if you have the time for an extended session. Don't pass on small days, days where the wind/current are bad... just get out and have fun. I have a surfing-specific routine at the gym that makes sense. PM if you want more info.
...get a bigger board.
Feb 17, 2010, 11:31 AM #15Member
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But seriously. My neighbor taught me to surf. He was an advid surfer in the 80's and 90's and absolutely loves it. Well, 4 kids, different jobs, and the perfect mix he wasn't able to get out as much as he wanted. Then he started lifting weights and just running. I have no clue why. After a couple months on the water, unfortunately I was looking like the one who taught him. I said one sneering comment to him, he got pissed and was hell bent on getting back into shape. I got it through his thick skull to try my program and he absolutely looks like the teacher and I the student again, the way it should be. He dropped 40+ pounds, paddles through the water like a 25 year old and now looks back at me where I used to look back at him. Really proud that he stuck with it and now has the results he wanted.
Feb 17, 2010, 12:07 PM #16Senior Member
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DO NOT LISTEN TO JOHNNY D. Johnny D, your advice is not good. Please evaluate your information before passing it along to others. Johnny D, what references to use/read when you say "cardio is crap!" I haven't read that article. And are you saying that if I run 40 miles per week, bike 250 miles per week, swim 20,000 meters per week, paddle 25 miles per week; someone who lifts weights for an hour a day 3 times a week could take me in a paddleboard race? ...don't think so johnny!
Hands under the board and then push outward (away from the body) on your "follow through". Learned that from swimming/swimmers. Also, short, quick, strong, choppy strokes from a stand still to get you moving (sprint) once you can tell you are moving pretty good let them gradually turn into longer slower strokes to keep you moving. I use this method a lot on the paddle out or for chasing down a set and it is effective and helps to conserve energy.
Just my $.02
Feb 17, 2010, 12:48 PM #19
One obvious thing you might be overlooking - Are you at the optimum position on your board when paddling ? If you are not trimmed out at the correct angle a simple paddle out can take forever. I know this is obvious but I have run into several guys who have been surfing for a few years and complained about the same thing. Once they realized what they were doing wrong their wave count also went up also.
Feb 17, 2010, 12:58 PM #20