Why should all windsurfers get fit?

I’m guessing you are probably expecting me to now give you a perfect gym routine and a selection of exercises! Well donʼt worry I’m no expert so I will leave that to the pros! I did actually get fit and lose a bit of weight but it wasn’t because the doctor laughed at me it was actually purely by mistake!

February, 3 years a go I was lucky enough to spend some time on the East Coast of Australia.I attempted to learn to surf and promptly became hooked I think i was there for 4 weeks and I reckon I only missed 3 days surfing the whole trip!

When I returned to the UK after the trip it was the Spring and we were getting some pretty good
windsurfing conditions, what I experienced that Spring was quite remarkable. The difference in my
windsurfing was unreal! My kit felt completely different my board so much better under my feet and
I was sailing on a 4.7 whilst some of the lads were still on 5.3s. But the main thing was that I wasn’t an aching mess after 20 minutes I could sail for hours and I was loving it!

Ever since that trip to Aus I have tried to keep reasonably fit, sadly Brighton doesn’t offer great
surfing conditions so I have had to try other things. Iʼm no where near as fit as I was after that but I think the key bit of advice I could offer from my experience do some something not nothing!

Pros for getting fitter and maybe losing a few pounds:

When its actually windy you can sail longer and harder getting more from your session

  • You can get away with sailing on smaller sails
  • You get planing earlier
  • It will almost certainly improve your technique
  • You can sail on smaller more maneuverable boards

Ideas for getting fit:

  • Surf, the most frustrating and exhausting sport you will ever do but if you live somewhere with swell once you crack it you will never look back.
  • Paddleboarding, Distance paddling and racing is a perfect light wind windsurf alternative.
  • Swimming, accessible and easy on the joints.
  • Lagoon Fitness, some windsurf clubs include fitness classes within the membership are you a
 Lagoon member? take advantage of this amazing and fun way of keeping fit.

Written by Mark Saul

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