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Benefits of Surfing

What is Surfing?

Surfing is an activity that involves riding on or along (a wave) on a surfboard.

One of the best cross training methods for surfing is swimming. Most of your surfing time will be spent paddling rather than riding waves.

Benefits of Surfing?

Surfing is a great fitness activity. Surfing provides aerobic and anaerobic components. It requires the surfer to work the upper body by stroking through the water, to get out on the waves and balance the legs and lower body to stand and ride the wave into a shore.

Surfing demands on body balance and control will strengthen the interaction between the mind and body. The surfing environment (water) helps protect you from injury as a consequence of error.

Surfers will develop a fit square back, strong shoulders, strong back muscles, and strong legs.

To get the full benefit of surfing as exercise, you must first develop the skills involved. Skills involved in surfing are:

  • balance
  • paddling
  • duckdiving
  • sprint-paddling into a wave
  • standing up
  • turning
  • controlling the board and exiting the wave.

If you do not know how to surf and want to learn, you can take lessons at a surf school.


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