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Tags: Kipping pull ups, Nakoa Decoite, Shoulders, Surf training, The Misson, Training
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Tags: Big wave surfing, Nakoa Decoite, Off season, Surf training, Training
So Iʻve noticed something over the past few weeks. Iʻve been seeing a lot of instagram and facebook post about people getting ready for winter season here in Hawaii. Awesome! I get excited when people are proud of there training programs (Not you, guy who takes selfies in the mirror after the first week of working out). Now with that said Iʻm going to try and say this without to hurting anyones feelings.Training during the season is NOT the best way to train.
I was once the same. When I first started training, I would just surf all summer and wait until October before I started doing anything for the winter season. In my mind I was thinking “heck yeah, Iʻm gonna be ready for some big surf and tons of swells”. Itʻs a natural response. Sweat+lifting things+breath heavy= confidence boost. Iʻm not saying itʻs wrong and you wonʻt gain any benefits from it, Iʻm saying itʻs not very efficient. Other sports figured that out a long time ago so why havenʻt we?
Lets take the NFL for example. Their training camps start as early as April! The season doesnʻt start until September! This is where all the hard work is done. They do all their strength and conditioning long before that first kickoff. Why is this important? Well itʻs sort of hard to be in the gym 3-5 times a week when you have a game every weekend. The idea is maintain what you built up in the off season. Thereʻs a reason why fight match ups are made months or almost a year in advance. You need the time to be at your best with itʻs show time. Now back to surfing. If your training during the season and surfing every swell, your slowing your results down big time. Surfing before a workout session will decrease your strength output and working out before you surf will take itʻs toll on your performance.
Now before some of you tell me about your program and how you can successfully do both surf and workout all day every day, I already know you can. When I think of a strength and conditioning program I think of large increases in speed, power, agility, balance, endurance etc. When I think of a maintenance routine, itʻs a whole nother story. Body weight and cradio exercises are totally fine but what would happen if you hit a new back squat PR (personal record) the day before a perfect swell hits???
It all depends on what your goals are. If you want more power to do bigger turns on bigger waves, youʻll need to build some leg and core strength. If you are a slow paddler, youʻll need to work on hand speed, upper body strength and stamina. These things will takes months of develop and if you want big results youʻll need even more time.
If itʻs to late and the season is upon you, itʻs ok. Training during the season isnʻt “ideal” but itʻs better than not training at all. Make your goals clear because when you know what you want youʻll learn how to get there.
Check out the article on freestyleusa.com.
Tags: Mind Game, Nakoa Decoite, Surfing
Have you ever thought about it? How much you actually surf that is. Some of you would say ” I surf for a few hours everyday”. Awesome! But sorry, no you donʻt. Before I sound too much like a jerk, let me explain.
A few weeks back while coaching some of my groms, I noticed something that will forever change the way I coach and surf. With a contest coming up, every kid that did NSSA in Hawaii was practicing at the spot. The waves were semi-consistent but no where near enough to keep up with the demands of frothing grommets. I started to time the sets. As I was doing this something hit me. My kids have been surfing for about two hours and only caught about five waves. I started timing how long each ride was. For this particular spot, the average ride was about ten seconds. I then ran some numbers. Hours of surfing-two, total wave count-five, average ride time-ten seconds, total time actually surfing… 50 seconds! Mind blowing right?
So these number are a bit extreme. It was very crowded and everyone was being very aggressive. Lets say no one was out. You catch one wave in every set that comes in (every five minutes). That means you would catch 12 waves an hour and 24 waves in your two hour session. Thatʻs 240 seconds or four minutes of actual surfing. I hope someone out is as shocked as I am by these numbers. To hit that 10,000 hour mark to become an expert seems impossible at that rate. This whole time I thought I was clocking hours of surf time when really, I was just clocking minutes.
Surfing is a unique spot because of our dependents on mother nature. We canʻt go to the field whenever we want and practice our penalty kicks. We canʻt go to the tennis court and work on our serve when we need too. Our court moves locations with the changing of a swell or even tide.Sometimes we have no court at all! We are at the mercy of our elements. This is the part where we except our fate. We must wait for waves pools to be better developed and pop up in every town or spend thousands of our hard earned dollars to chase swells to secluded locations far far away from our homes. Hmm…or maybe? Maybe thereʻs a way to get more waves, every wave! What if I could catch every wave in every set without getting beat up by everyone?!?!
Call me crazy but have a look at this first. “The power of visualization”. Listen and do what he is asking the group to do. You will be amazed.
So Dr. Spencer talks about a lemon. I took this and instead of a lemon, I watched wave after wave after wave. Every wave that came in, I was on it. I was mind surfing it to the point that I started making subtle body movements. I began to really believe I was surfing. People do this a lot with their hands but do they really get into it to the point that it almost becomes real? I wasnʻt mind surfing and pretending I was doing huge airs back to back and than getting spit out. I mind surfed it to the potential that the wave offered. Just like the lemon exercise ( assuming you did it) if you get so caught up in believing itʻs real, over time will have dramatic affects on your performance. On top of that your time spent “actually” surfing will increase 500%.
Lets get a few things straight. I didnʻt just mind surf for two hours. I mind surfed for half an hour before I paddled out. With the groms and their short attention spans, it was about 15 minutes before and after their sessions. It was a pre and post surf visual warm up and cool down. In those 30 minutes the kids mind surfed, they got about six extra minutes of “actual” surfing. Thatʻs more than five times what they got from being in the water on the pre contest day!
Just like everything else, this will take time to develop and time before you see progress in your surfing. Jump on the crazy train to imagination town and see what happens. Canʻt hurt right? Until next time bro braʻs.