Before each surf, stretching is
so important. When I first started surfing, my buddy pointed
over to a couple of Japanese surfers who were stretching on
the sand and laughed.
'Look at those wallies!' he scoffed, 'It's 2 ft, what the
hell do they think's gonna happen? Probably saw some pro-
surfer do it on a dvd or something!'
At the time, I thought it was funny
too, couldn't understand the reason for doing stretches before
a leisurely surf session, then one day I actually saw former
pro stretching before heading out into 2-3ft on-shore chop.
I approached him and asked why he was stretching so intensely for these conditions, surely he wouldn't get hurt in this, his reply opened my eyes.
It's not the size or the injuries
I am stretching out for bro, it so I am limber and can perform
better! Not worried about ripping a muscle, I want to rip
After that I thought why not give
it a try, I have never looked back since, my friend still
doesn't stretch before a surf despite my assurances, but I
can't blame him, we are from a different era. So below are
a few of the stretches I do to limber up before I paddle out
Here are the stretches!
I start by rolling my head around to limber up my neck, in
surfing where you look is where you go and it is so easy to
tweak your neck in the moment, just watch a slater dvd that
guy rips his head all the way round in each turn.
2. Touch your toes, I tend to bounce down slowly letting
my weight take me to full extension, don't force it or you
will cause an injury before you even get wet!
3. Pull my feet to my arse, stretch them quads, they
are the most fundamental part of any maneuver
4. Standing on the sand with 1 foot crossing over the
other knee, then twist from the waist looking over your opposite
shoulder, right foot over twist to the right
5. While sitting arch your back and reach for the stars,
lock your fingers palms facing up.
6. Lastly I do a bridge, feet flat, reach back and
place your hands on the sand and arch your back, with your
stomach facing the sky.
7. Lastly stand up shake loose, strap on the leg rope
and go rip!
There are lots of variations on
this, and not one syatem is better than another, try different
stretches and work out which stretching routine works for
Stretching is also the time that we can be watching the surf and deciding where we want to be in the water. Watching and stretching for at least 2 lots of set waves will help you to understand what you are about to paddle out into.