When I tell people I go to a surf training gym, their immediate response is either total confusion or mocking laughter. “Don’t waste your money,” they generally say. “Just go surfing.” This lack of awareness is what separates the teachable athlete from the apathetic kooks. If you want to progress in your performance and enjoyment of surfing, then you will push yourself to learn more. Surf training is a game changer.
Before I started surf training, my balance and coordination was a crossover between Napoleon Dynamite and my great-grandma. A friend told me about a local gym in Costa Mesa called Extreme Athletics and invited me to go with her. My first class was a geek struggle on every level, and hilariously entertaining! I constantly fell off the skateboard and successfully managed to get the jump rope wrapped around my neck multiple times. They had me jumping off of tall boxes, doing pop-ups onto a bosu and balancing on unstable objects while simultaneously lifting weights. It felt like a circus act but after one week of training, I immediately noticed improvements in the water. The circus act was working, and I was sold on it!