Surf Simply Podcast Surfing Paddling Technique

One of the most fun things I get to do is work with surfers on improving their surfing paddling technique, which in turn helps with their energy efficiency, power, and overall surfing experience.  

In this surf simply podcast, I had the opportunity to share a few nuggets of information on paddling technique as well as nerd out on the technical side of paddling a surfboard.  

Listen in by clicking here

Hope you enjoy and learn something new…

Cheers,

Rob

 

why is surfing addictive

Do I have A Surfing Addiction?  

@surf_coach posed the question “why is surfing addictive” on Instagram and it got me thinking.  Why IS surfing so addictive?  So I did what I always do when I get curious – I did some research. 

I had to start with “what is addiction?” before I tried to reason what makes something addictive.  Addiction is a heavy topic and has endless resources that send you to drug, alcohol, sex, and even shopping addiction.  I didn’t think my surfing addiction was that bad…but drug and alcohol addicts don’t think they have it bad either.

There were numerous sources discussing the science behind addiction, such as what happens in the brain when the addiction makes a shortcut to the brain’s reward system.  Then the brain makes sure it happens again and again, laying down memories of the quick sense of satisfaction, and then creating a conditioned response to certain stimuli.  Cue – Behavior – Reward.  A habit is just formed.  Our noggins are gnarly.  

After searching days on this topic, I determined it is way too deep for me to get into here –  and I love science and research!  Right when I was about to scratch writing this post, I found the most basic explanation from Anthony Robbins.  Yeah, I know, he’s the self-help guy, but he makes a lot of sense here.  Continue reading “Why is Surfing Addictive?”

stretching for surfing

Improve Your Next Surf – The Best Way to Improve Your Surfing For Tomorrow

and the day after that, and the day after that…

There is no way you are doing this. It’s the #1 technique to improve your next surf, and I never see anyone doing it.

 

Thank You So Much for watching!

Please, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me!  

And go ahead and forward this onto anyone you think it could help. 

See you in the water!

– Rob

Want some more information on the XSWIM Surfing and Paddling Training Program?  Check it out here…

 

 

 

New XSWIM Surfing Workout – Leg Day!

new surfing workout leg day

Sometimes, you just have to mix it up with your surfing workout.  This day was our second time out trying to dial in the right wake.  While we were working on that, we took a few cracks at it.  

By the end, my legs were toast!  Funny how a few dozen bottom turns and off the tops will wear you out.  

When we talk about building long term strength and muscle memory, it’s all about repeating a motion (correctly) over an extended period of time until our brain skips a step.  When learning something new, the brain takes two steps to get the body to react.  Over time, through perfect repetition, it reduces that to one step.  

This is most likely a human adaptation for survival – the brain is realizing that the things we do repetitively might be important so it tries to speed it up.  

Unfortunately, with surfing, we get few chances to repeat a motion.  That’s why workouts like this, skateboarding, snowboarding, and other similar environments provide us with this chance to repeat a motion over and over again.  Are wavepools the future of surfing?  Maybe not all of surfing, but definitely for technique and practice.  

Last point I want to make – most people quit their workout routines shortly after starting.  Why?  It gets hard!  

Enjoy to the burn.  Meaning, enjoy the struggle, take satisfaction in how much working out sometimes sucks.  You’ll have to take this mindset from time to time this to get through it.  Then, when you’re done, you’ll feel great about the fact that you completed it.  Use this as motivation for next time.

In summary:

  • Repetition helps us with long term motor learning – but be sure to use good technique – the brain doesn’t care about the quality.
  • Bring some fun into your workouts – play games, challenge yourself/friends
  • Mix it up – do something different – skateboard, snowboard, wakeboard, bodysurf, etc.
  • To motivate you to go – think about how good you felt at the end of your last surfing workout.
  • To motivate you during the workout – “embrace the suck” This is a Green Beret motto.  Success doesn’t come easy.  Most of the journey sucks.  Know this and embrace it.
  • To motivate you when you think you’re done – Navy Seal 40% rule.  When you think you can’t go any further, you’ve only used 40% of what you have in the tank!  That’s right.  It’s all mental from then on.  Take a minute rest and do a little more.  Then rest and do more.  Then rest and do more.  Keep going until you’ve blown your mind!  Your body can always keep going.  Your mind is what stops you.  Don’t let it!

Have FUN!!

 

 

 

surf mastery podcast

Surf Mastery Podcast

If you haven’t listened to the Surf Mastery Podcast, you are missing out on a wealth of information.  

I had the honor of speaking with Michael Frampton, the creator of the Surf Mastery Podcast, and couldn’t have had a better time sharing a few of the topics I discuss in my Surfing Paddling Academy Camps, Workshops, and Online course.  

In this podcast, you’ll learn about some fundamental, yet often overlooked, paddling techniques that will extend your surf session duration, increase your wave count, and decrease the probability of shoulder injury through incorrect mechanics.  

Listen to or download  the podcast here.

As always, if you have any questions about the services I offer, or any of the content shown here, please feel free to contact me. 

Kind regards,

Rob

 

surfing paddling technique knee paddling

How to Paddle on a Surfboard – Part 6 of 6 Knee Paddling on a Paddleboard

In this last section in the series on how to paddle, we investigate the techniques used when knee paddling on a paddleboard.  While this is rarely used in the surfing world, by understanding how the mechanics work and why, we gain further insight into the mechanics of the previous situations we’ve already covered.  

 

surfing fitness challenge

Challenge Equals Change – Surfing Fitness Workouts

How many of you have a hard time getting motivated to go work out, when the workout is so monotonous?  Surfing fitness is sometimes like that. We’d so much rather just go surf, or skate, or do anything but work out. 

XSWIM Workouts mix up that monotony of a normal workout.  And just sometimes we need that extra motivation.  

We need that extra motivation to affect change.  And the only way to get your blood pumping with the competitive fire within yourself is to challenge yourself.  Put yourself in uncomfortable situations and do the best you can to overcome that feeling.  

It is only in the defeat of the things you are uncomfortable with do you grow.  Sometimes you overcome it right off the bat.  And sometimes it takes time.  But you can’t grow without trying. 

Challenge Equals Change…

prone paddling on a paddleboard

How to Paddle on a Surfboard – Part 5 of 6 Paddling Prone on a Paddleboard

On to the last type of craft we’re covering in this series on paddling.  Prone paddleboards.  

Prone paddleboards obviously have the highest design advantage, so it is even more critical we use that advantage when we paddle.  There are some subtle techniques used that differ from the other crafts we’ve covered so take a look…

 

 

surfing duck diving

Duck Diving – John John Style

John John is one creative dude.  This is one of the most innovative techniques and workouts I’ve ever seen.  After trying it a few times, it’s really a lot of fun.  

Go ahead, try it out!