As surfers, we're always looking for and actively pursuing things to take our surfing to the next level. There are thousands of training and fitness regimes dedicated to improving your paddling, your explosiveness and ability to perform on the wave. But there is one area that often gets left in the deep. Your breath and your capability to perform when things go south.
Wipeouts are bound to happen. No matter how good you are, you’ve gotta pay to play. Knowing how to handle a wipeout and keeping composure whilst getting thrown around underwater is the thing that’s holding your surfing back. the confidence that comes along with being able to hold your breath, not panic and keep your head in check is unmatched when surfing. When it comes to breath-work and remaining calm underwater there is a lot we can learn from free diving.
They have mastered the art of being submersed under water for prolonged periods of time.
Breath hold and Surfing
How learning the basics of freediving will improve your surfing.
Jean Peters is an SSI Freediving instructor and ISA Spearfishing instructor.
He has been living, freediving and spearfishing in Dubai since 2009.
In 2018 he decided to make freediving and spearfishing instruction his full time career and develop freediving as an accessible sport, opening to a new way of life.
“I can’t hold my breath”…
“What should I do if I get wiped out”…
“What happens if I fall while riding this big wave”…
These thoughts you may have had will be washed away as soon as you understand the basics of freediving, or breath hold.
Even though you are above the surface when riding a wave, all surfers have spent some time under water.
And this can trigger some panic or discomfort, and make your session less enjoyable.
This course will introduce you to the basics of freediving: in a few words, you will understand how your body is made to cope with breath hold, how it reacts and how these reflexes are triggered.
The main difference between freediving and surfing is the intensity: freedivers focus on relaxation before a dive, surfers will exercise much more through paddling, duck dives or pop-up.
Hence, once the general theory is covered, the practical application and suggested training will be adapted to the surfer’s requirements and environment.
The 2h theory session will cover the basics of freediving:
- Freediving and your body’s physiology
- Safety procedures
- Breathing cycle and Recovery
and also introduce a hybrid training routine to improve your surfing.
The 2h practice session at the beach shore will be the right time:
- To train your static apnea (you will be able to hold your breath between 2-3min)
- Stretch your core to increase your lung volume
- Develop your CO2 and lactic acid tolerance through specific anaerobic training.
Not only applicable to surfing or freediving, understanding your breathing and mastering your heart rate will also be beneficial to handle any stressful situation you may encounter in your everyday life.
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