Not everyone can surf consistently maybe because of time constrain, lack of equipment, or just geological location. You’re lucky if you don’t have to face these problems. But what do you have to remember when surfing again after a long while?
Here’s what you need to know when you have long gaps between surfing.
First of all, you can’t just go to the beach, bring or rent all the gear you’ll need, and instantly catch waves. No! This is one of the biggest mistakes that people make when they go surfing. You have to prepare your body for the activity that you will be doing.
Similar to other physical sports, surfing requires a lot of energy and preparation. When you go for a long time without stretching and honing your muscles, their strengths tend to weaken. Plus, when the muscles that you use, in surfing and any other sport, are weaker you will tend to compensate more which will cause you more energy to pull off.
PREPARATION IS KEY
It’s good to have a warm-up before surfing. But besides these, there are plenty of exercises that you can do to improve your body fitness for surfing. You don’t have to cut your weight instantly or go to a thorough exercise routine. Make sure that your body is used to the movements that are needed for the activity that you will do.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU DON’T PREPARE
There’s plenty of signs that someone didn’t prepare for their surfing trip or session. It is because these are the things that you can expect to happen when you attempt to grab your board and expect to ride waves without preparation.
Number 1 – You will run out of energy quickly. As I mention earlier, you need a lot of energy or stamina when surfing. If your body is not prepared for the movements that you will be doing when you’re surfing then you will easily lose energy.
Number 2 – You will be frustrated. Because you get tired easily you will not be able to enjoy surfing and we all know that surfing is better when you’re actually enjoying yourself.
Number 3 – You will make plenty of mistakes. Now that you are low in energy and you are frustrated, then your mind will not be focused on surfing. This will cloud your decision-making and will result in these mistakes.
Number 4 – Last and definitely not the least, the accumulation of these three, you will open yourself up for an injury. Injuries happen when we get tired, we are not able to concentrate properly and we start making mistakes that we wouldn't normally make if we had prepared our bodies correctly in the first place.
So preparing yourself a few weeks before your surf trip or your surf sessions is one of the best things you could do to prevent injury and frustration.