What exercises can I do at home to get fit for surfing? I would like to improve my fitness so that when I travel to a surf break I'll be able to enjoy myself rather than just being exhausted.
Having been a keen surfer since the late eighties, I can give you a reasonable list of the essentials:
- Press ups
- Pull ups
- Sit ups
That's it. Seriously. All you really need to focus on is upper body strength and cardiovascular fitness, and you can do all of these without buying equipment.
Technique can help a lot as well - when you arrive at the beach watch the water for a while. Learn where the breaks are, and where the rip will help you paddle out (If you use the rip correctly you don't really need to use any energy to get out to beyond the break)
Oh, and of course the best exercise for surfing is surfing...
Without knowing your level of physical fitness, I would say that the following points would be important to be able to enjoy surfing:
- Balance, critical for enjoyment of any "ride the thing" sport.
- Static legs, beef up those thighs to be able to brave the highest of waves.
- Stamina, run, cycle or swim to add to your current stamina (more stamina => longer sessions).
Be sure to warm up before and wind down after exercise, also stretch to keep yourself limber.
Do you live near the beach? If so the best exercise for surfing is surfing. As an avid surfer for 25+ years, this has been the case for me. Outside of that, swimming, paddling, and rowing are good alternatives. In terms of the goal of "not getting exhausted", focus on cardio. I rowed crew for a couple years in college. During that time, I was in my best 'surfing' shape, able to out paddle everyone (and faster paddling means more waves).