While there are many training components that need to be considered to improve surf training and athletic performance, flexibility is often the one variable that is overestimated and underestimated as a key component to be included in surf training programs.
We all know that strength, power and endurance are important performance elements for surfers to train on. However, surfers often neglect the fact that flexibility and specific stretching in surfing is also an important surf training component that must be included in surf training. The ability to turn, balance and generate torque in your body while surfing on a wave is highly attributed to overall physical flexibility and good range of motion across the joints of the entire body.
Lack of flexibility leads to poor fluidity of movement and a lack of rotational balance and strength. Combining this with an increased likelihood of injury and more physical pain and pain, it is easy to understand how important it is to include flexibility training and stretching for surfers in surf training.
Most professional athletes, whether or not they are surfers, focus on the importance of good posture. This means stretching and strengthening the body to enable good physical alignment so that the body is both strong and flexible in the joints of the body. This makes it possible to perform the movement with more speed, strength and efficiency. When surfing, this means more waves, fewer falls and more points on the board.
It is important to note that every time a surfer paddles out and performs dynamic manoeuvres with poor posture, he puts abnormal weight on his joints, stressing connective tissue, muscles and tendons. This leads to chronic injuries and poor surfing performance over time. Surfers are known to have poor flexibility combined with poor head and shoulder positioning. Since the head points the way into every turn and every maneuver while surfing, it is important to indicate the head position if you want to surf better. If your head gets out of time, it is likely that sooner or later you as a surfer will suffer from neck, shoulder, back, hip or knee problems. These problems can be avoided or eliminated by good surf stretching and a flexibility training program that restores the balance of the musculoskeletal system.
At the beginning we concentrate on stretching the tight muscles regularly. Above all, surfers often improve their performance by stretching the large muscles of the back, chest and shoulder girdle together with the muscles that cross over the hip, knee and ankle joints. It is also recommended that you work with a qualified trainer who can integrate static and dynamic stretching into your surf training so that over time both your flexibility and posture improve. Professional trainers will often recommend including stretching for surfing as the most important activity in your surf training program. They will also instruct you to stretch for at least five to ten minutes after waking up, perform dynamic movements before going into the water, and do static grips after surfing or competition. By practicing these simple movements you can quickly improve your personal flexibility, your surf training and your surfing performance.
You see that good flexibility helps your surfing become smoother and more efficient and is associated with your personal long-term health and well-being. In other words, flexibility affects not only your surfing, but also your quality of life and your surfing lifestyle. This is especially true with increasing age and when we want to restore energy and surf competently and painlessly into the future.