Tips for Post Surf Recovery
With consistent surf and swells, it's that time of year when you find yourself surfing three, four, even five hours straight. The classic winter conditions served up in Hawaii and California allow for several consecutive days of wave riding. You need to know the best ways to recover after a hard day in the water so you can get out there and get at it all over again!
The first thing you need to do is rehydrate. Unless you had a stash of water on the beach and you went in at regular intervals to drink, you will be dehydrated. As soon as you are done surfing, drink 16 to 20 ounces of fresh water. Most physiologists agree to replace each pound of weight loss with one pint of fluids. Fresh water is best, but sports drinks, sodas, juice, even coffee help you rehydrate. Just get some fluids back in your body.
Second, get some food back in your system. Fresh fruits are great many reasons. Their carbohydrates help replenish the glycogen lost from your muscles. They are loaded with antioxidants and other vital nutrients that help your body rehydrate and rebuild after strenuous exercise. They are convenient: throw an apple and an orange in your backpack to eat on the way back from your session.
Finally, you want to stretch out. All that paddling, surfing, and sitting on your board tighten up your muscles. Pop in one of our Surf Stronger videos and go through the stretch routines at the end of the workouts. The routines are designed specifically to loosen up the back, shoulders, and hips after a long surf session. Regular training and consistent, healthy nutrition will keep you in optimal shape to surf your best. Follow these simple recovery guidelines and you will surf harder, longer, and stronger.
Stay healthy, and we'll see you in the water!
Scott Adams, CSCS, CES
Disclaimer: Always consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. The suggestions here are in no way intended to substitute for medical advice.