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Benefits of Surfing

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Benefits of Surfing

Not everyone has the advantage of living near a beach and being able to go surfing daily, but for those who do, it is a great opportunity to help you live healthily. It’s also a recreational activity and offers a number of health and fitness benefits.

1. Cardiovascular and heart health: Surfing is a great cardiovascular exercise, that uses leg muscles to guide the board once you’re up and riding, and mostly upper body muscles to do the paddling work. Involving more time paddling, surfing provides an intense upper body and core workout.

2. Mental health: Like other physical exercise, surfing helps to offset the negative effects of stress.

3. Vitamin D: The vitamin D from the sun that you can get while doing outside activities like surfing is essential for strong bones and the growth of skin cellsby regulating the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the blood.

4. Better sleep: Many studies show that regular exercise, including surfing, increases the positive benefits of sleeping. Sleep is important as it allows time for your muscles to repair themselves and helps you feel refreshed in the morning.

5. Workout: Surfing develops your body and strengthens the core and legs through the constantly changing movement.

6. Muscle strengthening: Paddling helps strengthen your back and shoulder muscles, and you can get toned legs by surfing due to the balance required while you’re up on the board.

7. Improved balance: One of the best exercise benefits of surfing is the improvement that it creates in your balance. To stay firm on the surfboard, you must have the ability to maintain your balance and this skill carries over into everyday life.

8. Self gratification: Surfing is not the easiest sport to learn because it takes time, commitment, and perseverance to progress. But once you can overcome this barrier, the rewards are huge. Besides the physical and mental benefits that surfing has to offer, it also helps you have prove to yourself that you can achieve goals that even seem unattainable.

Surfing Equipment

Surfing Equipment List for Beginners (part 3)

Posted by Sue Steward on
Surfing Equipment List for Beginners (part 3)

Board Shorts

Board shorts are popular among surfers who prefer more coverage. Some male surfers like to go shirtless and choose boardshorts with swim trunks underneath. They are usually made of stitchless, quick-dry, and stretchy fabrics. However, they can cause drag because of having a lot of loose fabric around the thighs.

Wetsuit

If you surf in cold waters, you will need a good wetsuit. This multi-purpose underwater garment, typically made of neoprene, offers more warmth to help you surf during the winter months with low temperatures.

There are three common types of wetsuits: the shorty with short arm sleeves and covering the thighs; the spring suit with full-length sleeves and short legs or vice versa; and the full suit (or steamer) with long sleeves, full legs, and sometimes even a hoodie.

Surf Poncho/Jacket

When surfing during colder months, another thing you may need is a surf poncho or jacket. They help keep you warm when you are out of the water, riding by boat to your surf destination, or  doing cold morning surf checks. In addition, surf poncho can help dry you up like a towel would.

Hoods, Boots, and Gloves

To prepare for surfing in cold waters or during colder months, besides a thick wetsuit that cover your arms and legs, don’t forget to shop for other clothing items which can cover the rest of your exposed body parts. You’ll need a hoodie that can cover everything from your neck to the top of your head except for your face. You’ll also need snug aqua gloves to provide enough warmth for your hands but not make it difficult for you to get a good grip of your board. Moreover, a good pair of surf boots is necessary to give you plenty of traction on your board.

Sunscreen

Whether it is summer or winter, you have to cover any exposed skin with sunscreen. To avoid having to reapply many times, choose a high SPF sunscreen that is quick-absorbing and waterproof.