The Best Surf Training Tips


I have a treat for you guys today. I’ve made a list of what I feel is the best ways to train to improve your surfing. It’s not going to be super detailed because each exercise has too many things to cover in one article so I’m just going to give you the list and we can go from there.

The list is in no particular order but somethings will be more useful than others. Without further ado, I give you my list of top surf training tips.

  1. Slacklining– I have tried almost every balance training device in the book and without a doubt the slackline has been the best tool I’ve tried for balance. From rehab to balance training the slackline has been far superior to things like the bosu ball and indo board. Although it is difficult at first, in my opinion there is nothing better for your balance than a slackline.
  2. Carveboard– This one may be up for debate but I’ve been trying surf like products for over 12 years and the carveboard has come the closest to a real surf carve. Because of its spring suspension and wide trucks you can actually get the board on its rail. Things like the surf skate and regular longboard skateboards just don’t do it. My recommendation is to get the carveboard with the big rubber wheels vs the smaller urethane wheels. Find a small hill with some driveways and rip into a few carves.
  3. Skateboarding– This one comes at no surprise. Originally called sidewalk surfing, it is still to this day one of the best crossover activities you can do to improve your performance in the water. I usually focus on airs with skateboarding. Carves and snaps on skateboards tend to create bad habits when translated into the water but airs on the other hand translate quite well. Try to work on control and spotting your landings. Also try to project yourself across the ramp vs going straight up and straight down. In other words don’t land where you took off.
  4. Stand up paddling– Yes I know, you already hate it. But before you punch your computer screen just read a little further down. When I say stand up paddling I don’t mean stand up paddle surfing. I mean the workout you get from distance stand up paddling is hard to beat. From your feet to your shoulders, paddling for a few miles will wreck you. Not to mention your balance will be tested and more than likely your feet will be killing you from all the stabilizing they do while your paddling. I prefer down wind padding but I know not every where has enough wind to do it. Still paddling when its flat is better than nothing at all. Haters gonna hate but innovators gonna innovate. Get on a race board and give it a try.
  5. Strength Training– Another no brainier. I’ve said it over and over, lift something heavy! Its all about strength not size. If you are doing things right your body will get stronger and more mobile which in no way will harm your surfing. Start slow. Learn the form and over time increase your weight. Before you know it you’ll be making it rain and avoiding unnecessary injuries.
  6. Visualization– I made a post a while back about how to increase your surf time through visualizations ( It’s probably the easiest and hardest one to do. Our brains love going on bunny trails but if you can manage to master your thoughts you will increase more than just your surfing abilities.
  7. Trampoline– Yup. Good old trampoline training. I recently got to work with an ex professional high diver named Steve Schriver. He showed me a few body control tricks on the trampoline and it crossed over really well for rotational tricks. The key points to take away were how to spot your landing and how your arms played such a big role in how you spin in the air. Although I’m still new to this training I think it’s going to play a big part in surf training in the future.
  8. Mobility– Full range of motion never hurt nobody. Don’t just stretch the muscles but get the joints moving properly. This will not only keep injuries away but it will also help pull off some of those crazier moves that require a limber body.
  9. Film– Last but not least, the undisputed champion of the surfing world!!! Filming! If you’re not filming your sessions then you’re not doing much to improve your surfing. If you can’t see what you’re doing right or wrong, it’s very hard to make corrections to improve. It doesn’t have to be filmed on a Red or a drone. Just get some kind of footage for you to study. Simple and by far the best thing you can do for your surfing no matter what level you’re at.

Well I hope you enjoyed todays lesson. Feel free to ask questions on twitter if you want to know more @nakoadecoite.

Should Surfers Lift Weights?

For those nay sayers out there I hate to say I told you so but I did. I can’t tell you how many times I have been criticized for lifting weights as a surfer. “Your going to get bulky and stiff!” Good thing I listen to experts and not the person who just watched Pumping Iron (a documentary on Arnold Schwarzenegger).

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. STRONG IS NOT WRONG! Lift for strength and not for size and stretch every day! The aussies and kicking the US and Hawaii’s butt on the WSL. It’s time we catch up with the times and start moving some weights around.

Here’s to you Dr. Jeremy Sheppard.

How to Land an Airdrop

I have found myself in bad situations more than a few times — one paddle short or gusting winds that hold you up a little longer than you would like.Whatever the reason for getting hung in the lip, one thing is sure: you are either about to get a severe beat down, or you are about to have one heck of thrill ride. Here are the key points to landing an air drop.

Once you have the board under your feet, do everything you can to keep them there. Most peoples instinct is to go limp and try to cousin the blow. Sometimes that is the best option but sometimes committing to staying on the board is the way to go.

Bend the knees! Stiff legged landings are always harder to pull off. Use your God-given shock absorber’s to help stomp air drops and airs alike.

And trust your skill. If you have done a fare amount of balance training, odds are your body will better prepared for these situations. I would rather let my body do what it was trained to do rather than trying to learn on the spot. Practice, practice, practice so that on game day you just focus on how to win and not how to play.


8 Snacking Habits of Healthy, Busy People


Let’s be honest; no matter who you are, everyone loves to snack — even those of us who try to lead active, healthy lifestyles. But unfortunately, the easiest foods to grab on the go are rarely the ones we should be eating.

Thankfully, “easy” and “good for you” no longer need to be mutually exclusive. In the spirit of smart snacking, we’ve partnered with SOYJOY to round up the habits of habitually healthy, insanely busy individuals.


 1.They’re Prepared For Hunger BEFORE It Strikes
Sara-Mai Conway, Co-Founder & COO of Resolute Fitness, runs a multi-location business, manages a team of 24, and teaches indoor cycling classes. Conway said the key to planning ahead is making sure she has healthy, non-perishable snacks stored everywhere, like her office, bag and even in her car.“If I don’t have that, I’m likely to get too hungry and then binge later on the unhealthy stuff in desperation. I do get hangry!” she said.
slide_358249_4002303_free2. They Practice Portion Control
Daphne Borromeo, a public relations specialist and new mother, said she preps her snacks by dividing them into single-serving portions.“I often purchase 100-calorie bags of almonds and popcorn, or pre-portion out snacks into small Ziploc bags,” she said. “I also do not keep large bags or boxes of snacks at work to prevent me from having one serving too many.”
slide_358249_3977423_free3. They Get Creative With Flavor
According to Jennifer Purdie, who trains for triathlons in her spare time, injecting flavor into a healthy snack can help satisfy cravings and take food to the next level.Jennifer blends flavored olive oil and balsamic vinegar together and pours it over cut up vegetables. “Right now I’m using jalapeno olive oil and pineapple balsamic vinegar for a sweet and spicy blend,” she said.
slide_358249_3977942_free4. They’re Nuts For Nuts
For Nakoa Decoite, a professional surfer and personal trainer, nuts are the best snack for chasing swells and helping clients. “I love macadamia nuts, almonds, cashews, all kinds,” said Decoite. Just make sure the nuts you choose aren’t roasted in any hydrogenated oils or covered in sugar, he warned.Nuts are also the choice snack of Arianna Huffington, the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. “I love taking a break to enjoy hazelnut pistachio mix, two of my favorite nuts combined,” she said.
slide_358249_3978406_free5. They Stay Hydrated
Aicacia Young, a registered dietitian who runs her own business, emphasizes the importance of hydrating throughout the day.“Sometimes we confuse hunger with thirst. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will keep you from overeating or feeling constantly deprived,” she said.
slide_358249_3993528_free6. They Seek Out A Smart Source
Comedian Dan Nainan, who travels frequently for performances, said that he manages to snack healthy by locating a health food store wherever he lands. “I’ve performed in 22 countries and this works for me!” he said.
slide_358249_3994316_free7. They Get The Most Bang For Their Buck
Rania Batayneh, a nutritionist and single mom running a private practice, maximizes the energy potential of her snack by thinking about its nutritional components.According to Batayneh, a balanced snack should have a combination of Protein, Carbohydrate and Fat. For example, her recipe for a sunflower seed parfait includes one cup of plain yogurt, one tablespoon of raisins, and one tablespoon of sunflower seeds.
slide_358249_3978291_free8. The Grab-And-Go
Melanie Banner, a fitness blogger and mother of 5 (with one on the way!) said she relies on healthy, convenient snacks on a daily basis.“Some of my favorite grab-and-go snacks are bananas, apples, grapes, carrots, 100 percent fruit leather, healthy protein or nutrition bars (I look for real and short ingredient lists), yogurt, string cheese and all-natural popcorn.”
Article from Huffington Post