PILATES for surfing
EASY EXERCISES TO BOOST YOUR SURFING PERFORMANCE
No sport offers the same sense of freedom, or connection to the elements, as surfing. But if you’ve ever taken a board into the ocean, you’ll understand that surfing is a sport that takes a considerable amount of physical strength.
Every movement in surfing is unique: paddling, duck diving, popping-up and carving, all require a blend of strength, balance, coordination and mobility. Pilates lends itself perfectly to these four elements, as it activates and strengthens our postural and stabilising muscles, supporting our bodies as we move.
Thread the needleAssists the chest lift as we paddle, and spinal-rotation as we ride. Focus: Rotate from the upper-back, lift the arm skywards and feel the stretch across the chest.
Leg pull-in supineStrengthens the upper body and increases core stability – paddle and pop-focused. Focus: Keep the chest lifted. Find a comfortable position for the wrists. Lift from the hips and bum.
Hip-flexor stretchAllows greater mobility through the hips, improving our pop-up. Focus: Keep the tailbone tucked and do not overarch the lower back..