Why don't we spend more time discussing fitness and nutrition?

Discussion in 'Global Surf Talk' started by Toonces, Mar 10, 2017.

  1. Toonces

    Toonces Well-Known Member

    Apr 25, 2016
    I've been toying with this idea for a while, and it sort of hit home yesterday during a surf.

    I was sitting out in the lineup on a relatively windy day, with the surf running a weird chest-high or so. It was breaking really weird, though, with sets breaking outside and inside, almost as if there were two swells in the water.

    Regardless, it was just a hell of a workout to maintain position against the wind and current, and also get far enough outside. I'm usually out there surfing if it's any good, but I was just getting my ass kicked. Meanwhile, I'm watching this guy a bit of a ways down on what looked to be a sub-6' board, and he was basically paddling and surfing in circles around me. He was catching 3-4 waves to my 1 consistently.

    It's possible he just surfs more than me, but unless he's out there every dribble day, that can't be it.

    And so I start thinking about what this guy is doing when he's not surfing to keep himself in the kind of shape where he can glide through the water with such stamina, while I feel like my arms are going to fall off.

    Surfing is an inherently difficult physical activity. So much of your body is employed in surfing. In most sports, you don't get better at the sport just by doing the sport. Football players, for example, don't just scrimmage; they spend time in the gym as well.

    A simple Google search of surf fitness will pull up some info. But it's really hard to find info on what professional and everyday surfers actually do for fitness. Sure, we'll get the usual swim, run, I just surf, etc., but when it comes to specifics, it's hard to find concrete info. What is your actual workout routine? How many days a week? What is your daily nutrition like? Do you supplement? Etc.

    For something as physically demanding as surfing, it's just surprising to me that we don't spend more time discussing what we can do to improve ourselves physically. For almost any other sport I can think of this info is easy to find, but for some reason for surfing it's just not discussed much. I wonder why that is?
  2. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    because we are surfers not roody poo candy ass yuppies.

  3. Toonces

    Toonces Well-Known Member

    Apr 25, 2016
    If you plug a surf fitness search in YouTube, you'll find some really interesting videos. I somehow stumbled upon a few with Laird Hamilton in the gym, doing some really hard, really innovative (to me) workouts.

    But I'll be damned if I can find something I can post on my wall to follow, like a P90X or something.
  4. Toonces

    Toonces Well-Known Member

    Apr 25, 2016
    Ah, only yuppie surfers work out. Ok, got it. That explains it then.
  5. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    If you want to surf 23 fotters, you'll need to work on your bench press brah. That, and you need to get fastest whip on the block. Haven't you learned anything on here? :rolleyes:
  6. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    Did someone say pizza...??
  7. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Body weight exercises and ax throwing. We should talk more about nutrition.

  8. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Pepperoni and onion, prease.
  9. grainofsand

    grainofsand Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2014
    Fat guys can rip on the right board. If you're riding a progressive shape and the guy next to you is on a stubby groveler, you're gonna get burned most times. Pros do spend time training outside of the water, mainly for injury prevention. A lot of plyometrics, balancing, and core work but also one of the big3 lifts (squat, deadlift, benchpress). But most will tell you, if the surf is good, they skip the wo that day or go lite to surf. Nutriton, skip the fast food, processed and refined sugars, x-out sodas and you'll notice a real diff in as little as2 months. -Dr Grain
  10. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    Ax throwin'.....I'm diggin' that one, Seen :cool:
  11. nopantsLance

    nopantsLance Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2016
  12. Toonces

    Toonces Well-Known Member

    Apr 25, 2016
    Ok, here's an example.

    Being in New England, I just plugged a quick "Tom Brady off-season workout routine" into Google and got a complete workout listed on a site on the first page.

    Try the same with "Kelly Slater workout routine" and the best I got was a link to some Chia something or other, and a commercial.

    I know the types of exercises to do. My question is more geared towards why we don't spend more time on the specifics, and discussing it.

    I'm struggling to think of another physical activity where people discuss their off-season preparation less. Rock climbing? Snowboarding? What?
  13. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    beer and smokes are all you need
  14. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    When I feel like working out, I lie down until the feeling goes away.
  15. frost

    frost Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2014
    craft brew and a round of Darts count?
  16. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    That's one way to deal with it lol

    CBSCREWBY Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    Judging from your aviator, you have a bit of a beer belly. Oh and you're drinking in the pitcher too. Has anybody ever told you you look like Homer Simpson?

    On the seriouser side, I bought the book, "Fit to Surf." It's got a sh!t ton of workouts specific to surfing. I use it as a coaster. JK JK It's a good workout book.
  18. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2016
    holy sht, if this thread somehow gets to praising Laird...
  19. ChavezyChavez

    ChavezyChavez Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    I don't want to talk about nutrition and exercise. I want to talk about drinking, drugs, meeting to fight in real life, people's sh!t being thrown in the water, scantily clad PG pictures, punching gay people, and banging Hindu models.
  20. kidde rocque

    kidde rocque Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2016
    Nicotine, bong rips and grain alcohol.

    I lift heavy. Been doing it for 40 years. No serious injuries.