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By Flavio Crisi

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Dear surfer,

Wish you an amazing surfing life and do my surf homework - fun and educational exercises to prepare your body, mind & spirit to surf for eternity ๐ŸŒŠ

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Before giving your 10 surf tasks, let me share my favorite movie ever, which every teacher, parent or student must watch - To Sir, With Love. PS. Sidney Portier was the first black actor to win an Oscar.


I learned how to surf when I was 22 years old. At that time, I was living in São Paulo, a city located 2 hours by car from the beach.

Even though I never took a surfing lesson and I needed to travel for surfing, I learned how to catch waves really fast.

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The reasons are that I was a good swimmer and skateboarder, and also because my surfing friends and I were very dedicated, spending hours in the ocean every weekend.

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“Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are.” (JC)

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 THE 10 SURFING TRAINING 

The best way to improve your physical & mental condition for surfing!

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1. ๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐Ÿ‘ฆ‍๐Ÿ‘ฆ SPORTY FRIENDS

Share your healthy life. There are many surf groups on Facebook and on MeetUp.com, where you can make friends and share your passions! Just search for “surfers + name of your hometown”.

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2. ๐Ÿ‹๏ธ THE POP-UP AND TAKE OFF

These are the names of the movement for standing up on a surfboard. As you can see on my Youtube above, you can train the movement in your house. Try to do it super fast and with precise movements, like a professional surfer.

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3. ๐ŸŠ‍โ™€๏ธ SWIMMING IS THE BEST PHYSICAL TRAINING

If you are a good swimmer, try these exercises to increase your physical condition, paddling technique, and confidence to surf big waves alone:

  • Crawl (freestyle): with your head out of the water, like the water polo style ๐Ÿคฝ‍โ™€๏ธ

  • Butterfly: breathing 3x1 - two cycles of strokes with your head into the water intercalated with one cycle of strokes with your head out of the water.

  • Deep end swimming training: running or working out at the bottom of the sea with extra weights, rocks or dumbbells.

  • Sprints: all kinds of swimming exercises with a high intensity interval training, intercalating fast laps with long rests:)

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4. ๐Ÿ’ฆ WATER EXPERIENCES

They are going to improve your familiarity & intimacy with open waters: bodysurf, bodyboard, paddle board, kayak, snorkeling, cliff diving, sailing, waterfalls, jacuzzi, etc… There are hundreds of water activities.

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5. BOARDSPORTS

All of them have a similar way to move your body & get balance. From the aspect of how you put your feet on the board, there are 2 kinds of boardsports:

๐Ÿ›น Without bindings: surfing, skateboarding, skimboarding, snakeboarding, etc.

๐Ÿ‚ With bindings: snowboarding, wakeboarding, sandboarding, mountainboard, etc.

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6. ๐Ÿ“š BOOKS

There are many surfing books: novels, arts, equipment, biographies, competitions, etc. I really recommend you to read The History of Surfing, by Matt Warshaw.

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7. ๐Ÿจ SURF CAMPS & RESORTS

Hotels where everything goes around surfing: lessons, movies, library, decoration, and parties. My dream is to open a surf resort with a fitness center inside. If you have some money and want to invest on this business dream, I would love to be your partner <3 

 

8. ๐Ÿคฉ SOCIAL MEDIA

Connect with famous athletes. For example, the waterman Kai Lenny, the big wave rider Justine Dupont, the skater Tony Hawk, the snowboarder Shaun White.

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9. ๐Ÿง  NEVER EVER

No way to watch documentaries about shark attacks ๐Ÿฆˆ

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10. ๐Ÿ“บ SURFING MOVIES

Movies are the best to prepare your mindset and learn about surf culture! My second passion in life is cinema. I have been to dozens of movie theaters in different countries. Here is my selection to you:

 

Free Tv Channels

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Amazon Prime Movies

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Paid Tv Channels

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SURFING CURIOSITIES ๐ŸŽจ

Let's talk about some fascinating things!โ€‹

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  • On my Instagram, you can watch this animation Hawaiian Holiday - produced by Walt Disney in 1937. It is the first animated movie in history about surfing. It’s also the reason for the names of the stances in boardsports:

    • Goofy Footer: right foot in front of the board.

    • Regular Footer: left foot in front of the board.

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  • The artist Hilton Alves has the world record for painting the largest wave mural. Located in Hawaii, It's about 5 stories tall and takes up almost 1.300m².

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  • I’m constantly upgrading this Surf Training Ebook with new exercises & videos. Please, come back soon to check my new posts about the world of surfing!

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Thank you and God bless๐Ÿ™

 

“โค๏ธ Surfing & Skateboarding have been my life’s passion for decades!” FC

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