It is said the best surfing workout on the planet is surfing and any additional surfing fitness or training may provide slight advantages for competitive surfers or those that catch waves regularly. However, if you cannot surf frequently due to career, living inland, kids, etc. surfing workouts and paddling fitness can pay off big time, with more waves, improved power and enhanced confidence every time you do paddle out and hit the surf.
Lets face it though, ripping into some turns and having fun on a board, is going to be better than the best ‘surfing workout’ out there, for many reasons. Not least of all enjoyment, neuromuscular facilitation, sport specific surf training, and boosting endorphin’s… I could go on… And one of the best sports that simulates surfing, is to find great POW and go snow surfing. Check out the video below of what you can find when you travel in search of something better… I want to encourage you that no matter your age, or where you are, you can achieve more with your surfing fitness and live the lifestyle you dream about.
Snow Surfing Powder in Japan
If your starving for waves and have good mountains close by, I highly recommend heading to the snow for a surf fix while also bolstering your surfing fitness.
Most of the video above is shot in Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, I gotta say, if you go at the right time Hokkaido will provide the snow – you just have to GO.
SNOW SURFING WORKOUT
I know some of you may be thinking, ‘but your ankles and feet are stuck in boots and bindings – it’s hardly like surfing where ankle strength and mobility is a crucial part of surfing fitness’. However, in deep powder snow and utilizing the latest surf snowboards the similarity to surfing is incredible. The turns and full body surfing movements far out weigh the need to have ‘free feet’ (such as in wake skating or skateboarding; other excellent surfing training options btw). You can also snow-surf without bindings… but it just aint the same.
Please remember when traveling to support local people & local business! In Hokkaido, the staff at Moiwa Winter First are awesome and have quality boards and boots to select from.
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Snow surfing is such a ‘trip’ in great powder… If you have not experienced phenomenal snow I highly recommend exploring your world. After all, surfing is all about pushing your limits and searching for more fun ways to ride…
Plus… this really is the ultimate surfers workout and leg training day…
Here is how it works…
Find exceptional powder… hike up the mountain…. wail down 🙂
Seriously though, the pleasure, excitement, freedom, and sense of belonging to something, ‘bigger out there’ is a fantastic way to live your life when the waves are non-existent or you can’ t get to the beach.
Plus, if you want strong legs and some enhanced cardio vascular fitness that will carry over to your surfing, then hiking in the snow… up a mountain… will sort you out… big time. And surfing on snow as you come down is an extremely functional surf training leg workout while also being exhilarating. If you would like to join me next year in Japan (2018 Feb / March) simply contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
SNOW SURFING IN HOKKAIDO JAPAN
Fresh morning tracks – now this is living and you do have the power to physically prepare and enjoy the amazing lifestyle that surfing provides.
Sometimes we forget that skateboarding evolved from surfers wanting to surf when the waves went flat… snow boarding also evolved for very similar reasons… however, to truly simulate surfing, you want to find powder. Lots of POW. And Hokkaido, Japan is one of my most favorite places to be. With many flights to Japan these days it may become yours too.
Surfing fitness in the gym can be monotonous and a drag for the most dedicated workout enthusiast… If you are looking for a fun and functional fitness session that covers balance, core stability, strength, endurance and flexibility then look no more that hiking up and snow surfing down.
Hit the snow …
Hit the parks…
It’s your surfing lifestyle – you can make it happen.
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