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