Why Swimming is Good For… Surfing Pt. 2

In a previous blog FINIS Vice President, Tim Elson talked about the benefits of training in a swimming pool for surfers.  As we had promised, we now touch on anaerobic and sprint training and the benefits for surfers.

Anaerobic training is going to be very challenging set that should be used in maybe about 5-10% of the workout.  Something like 10 x 75’s with no more than 5 seconds rest.  Trying to hold the same pace for all 10 [try the Tempo Trainer Pro to keep a consistent pace]. This is the  part where all the stops and clichés come out “no pain no gain” etc.  This type of training will prepare a surfer for the time when they’ve had a long paddle back, right into the teeth of a multiple gnarly wave situation, where you are scratching to survive paddling over, or ideally have the strength and stamina to turn and go when you’ve got nothing left.

Sprinting is another type of training that can be very beneficial for surfers. Common sprint sets might be 10 x25’s on very long rest one –two minutes rest, and 10 x 25’s short course yards with very short rest 5-10 seconds.  Both of these sets will emulate conditions you would encounter on a board.  One when you’ve been waiting between lulls, and another when you’ve had to paddle out after catching a wave and another set appears and you need to sprint paddle while tired. In addition to doing sprint swim sets in a pool, weight training is very conducive to embellish explosive power.

As you can see swimming in a pool is a great variation to your surf training. You will reap so many benefits and in turn have a better session out there in the ocean. So go ahead and jump on into a pool, you will be getting in a great workout that truly helps you with your overall fitness level and most importantly help you catch and ride that wave.

**For those of you who are not familiar with the technical swim terms I will now explain some of the annotations that Tim mentioned above.

  • In 25-yard pools a 100 is equal to 4 laps; a 200 = 8 laps  & a 500 = 20 laps
  • In 50-meter pools a 100 is equal to 2 laps; a 200 = 4 laps  & a 500 = 10 laps
  • When you see a “x” it means sets or times through; 15 x 100s = 15 times through a 100 [4 laps]