JUST DON'T GO!
Quarantine applies to everyone, including surfers, kiteboarders, bodyboarders and wakeboarders etc. A joint effort is required by all to get out of this crisis.
Water sports are not risk-free. Going in the water can put you at risk of injury and hospitalization. Not only are hospitals a high-risk area, but you’ll also be putting unnecessary strain on the emergency services.
Be patient. The waves, the wind and the ocean aren’t going anywhere, and you will have all the time in the world to enjoy it once quarantine is over.
In the meantime, we’ve compiled a list of activities that you can do in your own home, that’ll improve your surfing skills and hopefully help fight the boredom!
Stay Wild, Stay Safe!
1) IMPROVE YOUR PHYSICAL CONDITION AND SURFING LEVEL THROUGH SPORT
Surfing and water sports require excellent physical condition, enabling you to practice at the best level possible and progress within the sport. Take advantage of quarantine by working on your fitness.
There are many weight training, stretching and cardio exercises that can be easily done at home with little to no equipment, such as yoga.
STRENGTHENING EXERCISES :
The French Surfing Federation has suggested a series of simple exercises, including board exercises, push-ups and squats. These exercises help to strengthen your muscles and they can be done without any equipment. To strengthen the muscular zones you can utilise purely the weight of your body.
Flexibility is essential for surfing and all water sports (kitesurfing, bodyboarding, wakeboarding, SUPing etc.).
Stretching allows you to work on your flexibility. In the same way as muscle strengthening exercises, there are many stretching exercises that can be done without any equipment. You can practice yoga to combine both muscle strengthening and flexibility. Check out the 6 yoga poses for surfers
There's nothing like running to work on your cardio. As long as you respect the rules and run for no more than 1 hour per day, 1 kilometre from your house, running is still allowed!
You can also do other exercises to strengthen your cardio at home without equipment, such as burpees or skipping.
2) Watch videos and get inspired
The easiest way to learn is by watching. To progress in your favorite sport, it can be really helpful to watch others who train at a high level - not only to learn but to inspire you.
Spend free time out of the water by watching professional riders. Once quarantine is over and you return to the water, you will be able to try to practice and reproduce the techniques you saw.
This is one reason why major specialist media such as Surf Report and Redbull offer a selection of surfing films free of charge:
- Selection of the best Surfing movies by Red Bull: https://www.redbull.com/fr-fr/meilleurs-films-surf
- Filmography of French surfer Vincent Duvignac : https://www.surf-report.com/news/surf/vincent-duvignac-landes-landais-films-surf-france-coronavirus-323205269.html
- Filmography of French surfer Arthur Bourbon: https://www.surf-report.com/news/surf/arthur-bourbon-filmographie-landes-guadeloupe-pays-basque-surf-330205418.html
- Selection of the best surfing movies of all time by Surf Today: https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/the-best-surf-movies-of-all-time
Another distraction during confinement, the instagram account @surf.and.style offers a list of surfing videos to watch every day! Enjoy them!
3) Virtual Surfing
There are many surfing video games, some of which are available for free.
True Surf, the latest game developed by the World Surf League allows you to surf the best spots on the planet (Teahupoo, Pipeline, La Gravière, Bells Beach...) without leaving your home.
You will also find Youriding games to download on iPhone or Android. A surfing (Go Surfing) and bodyboarding (Bodyboarding) version have been developed. Here again, you will be able to surf the best spots on the planet. By spot, many challenges are to be realized to unlock new geographical areas.
Finally, if you still have your old Playstation 2 or GameCube, the Kelly Slater game is still something that the Wildsuits team like to play. There’s an option to play in groups and you’ll be able to perform totally insane tricks and surf waves of unlimited length.
4) Maintain your SURF equipment
This period of confinement is a good opportunity to maintain your equipment. Take the time to remove old wax from your board, clean it thoroughly and check for dings - you have plenty of time to dry and repair it! Read our article on how to extend the life of your wetsuit, so that your suit will be dry, clean and toasty when it comes to that first session back.
This article from Akewatu shows you how to remove your old wax effectively.. (https://www.akewatu.fr/surf/journal-de-board/comment-dewaxer-une-planche-de-surf/)
We recommend using environmentally friendly wax. Our faves are Greenfix, Sim Wax and Terra Wax.
Bonus: Our secret smoothie recipe for getting in shape before your next surf session.
WILD Strawberry, Mangue & Mint Smoothie
Preparation time: 5 minutes
- 1 cup frozen mango.
- 1 cup of sliced strawberries.
- 3 mint leaves.
- 20cl of coconut milk.
- Place the frozen fruit in a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. (You can add water to achieve this).
- Add the milk as you go, until the desired consistency is obtained.
- Add the mint leaves.
- Serve immediately!
Here at Wildsuits, we are trying to keep things in perspective - many, many more sessions in the sea are yet to come. Quarantine is only temporary and it is essential that we respect it. Protect yourself and others
If you have found other ways to compensate for the lack of surfing during quarantine, we’d love to hear about them!