The Surf Fitness Revolution

When we started SURF STRONGER, back in the mid-2000s, we had absolutely no idea how surfers would react. Complete ridicule? Reluctant acceptance? Enthusiastic embrace? For the most part, it was an enthusiastic embrace (with a tiny bit of inevitable ridicule and reluctance). All we knew at the time was that the training we were doing ourselves, made all the difference in our surfing experience at Ocean Beach, San Francisco. We were convinced that without the training we did in the off-season, there is no way we’d be able to surf — and enjoy — the more challenging days at the Beach. Based on this empircal data, we knew other surfers would probably benefit from our program. So based on many years of exercise science training and study, and hands on practical study, we pulled together the first-ever, follow-along workout program for surfers on video. We put it down on DVD, and put it out to the world. We held our breath. And then we sat back – pleasantly surprised – as the orders, and the positive feedback started pouring in. We went on to build our web site, make a bunch more videos, conduct live training, and quietly help start a revolution in surfing: the surf fitness revolution. Today, training for surfing, working out for surfing, is more commonplace than ever. And guess what? Surfers of all levels (not just the pros) are surfing better, getting injured less, and getting more enjoyment out of the sport. And we couldn’t be more pleased with that. Surfers are really starting to get it — better fitness equals better surfing.

Perhaps one of the better examples of this is in a recent video clip of up-and-comer, wunderkid, Nat Young. In the video, we see Nat being put through the paces, cranking out surf-specific exercises, and explaining the benefit of training. Nat says it well, and we are stoked to see this. Check it out below.

Stay healthy, see ya in the water,

The Surf Stronger Crew

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