When there is no surf, we need to keep our fitness levels up for when the decent swell does come, and if you’re like me, you’ll get bored if you don’t burn off your excess energy. Running is an accessible and simple solution (although it just isn’t as exciting as surfing). I find that if I just run at one pace for a few miles then it is boring and not really that beneficial. When you surf you are working your body at different rates depending on what you are doing. If you are just paddling around in between sets, you are not going to be working as hard as if you would be if you were paddling for a wave. When you run, alter your speed and also try to plan a route that has flat, uphill and downhill. As well as working your body at low- and high-intensity you will also be using muscles differently.
I don’t get as bored by this type of run and to spice it up a bit more you could also add in some press-ups, sit-ups, squats or any other exercises at different points in your route.
Happy surfing x.
Jess Tuckman is a surfer from Cornwall in England. She began surfing five years ago and regularly competes in UKPSA.