Surfing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. While having a surf instructor at your side pushing you into waves can make it seem easy to do, the reality is that the more fit you are, the easier it is to surf. There are three types of surf fitness you need to develop; cardio or breath, flexibility, and strength. As with all exercise programs, you should, of course, consult your doctor to ensure you don’t have any underlying health issues. For my cardio workout, I like to run sprints in the sand. Since not all beaches are flat, I run sprints straight to the water and then back up the coast to the vegetation line. Sprinting when developing cardio is the best way to go. For my flexibility, I do a yoga routine twice a day. It’s pretty short, consisting of a sun salutation and a downward dog on both sides. For my strength work out, I use light weights. If you are following a daily surf training program when you come to take surf lessons, you will learn a lot faster and have more fun.
Your first lesson is usually accompanied by some nervousness of the unknown. “Can I do this? Will I be able to stand up? What if I fall?” That’s why an experienced dedicated instructor is key to making your surf experience delightful. With full interactive instruction and coaching on land about the best surf technique, local expertise on the waves and currents, safety review and lots of time for questions, you will enter the water with confidence.
At the end of your lesson your body will be tired but your spirit will be energized and your mind clear. You will soon discover that surfing is like Hawaii. Absolute bliss in paradise.
During the Winter months on the North Shore of Oahu the North Shore Surf Girls teach surf lessons in a protected cove named Puaena Point. To get there you must turn off of Kamehameha Hwy., onto an unmarked road named Kahalewai. Part of the North Shore Surf Girls Surf School’s mission in teaching people about the Hawaiian sport of surfing is to share with our students some of the cultural aspects of the area. A good place to start is with place names. Puaena Point translates into “hot flower”. Pua = flower and ena = hot. Kahalewai translates in to “the house that holds the water”. Ka = the, hale = house and wai = water. We find that by learning the Hawaiian names and meanings of places helps our surf students gain a deeper appreciation for the sport of surfing and we hope a love of the beautiful Hawaiian culture that has given it to us.
Every wonder what a surfing lessons on Oahu’s North Shore with the North Shore Surf Girls is like? Watch the short video below and find out. It’s all about fun in the sun, sand and surf in Hawaii!
The North Shore Surf Girls Surf School, welcomes North Shore Surfer Girl, Janna Bills to the team. Born and raised on Oahu’s North Shore, Janna has been enjoying a life of surfing since age 10. Any sport in the water has been a common theme in her life since she was a small child. She as competed as a collegiate NCAA swimmer & water polo player, and enjoys paddling boarding, stand up paddling and of course surfing, anything in the water.
Eat & Run in Hawaii – North Shore Surf Girls from FrankenMeg on Vimeo.