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What Your Mom Knows About Catching More Waves

Do you know the fastest and easiest way to catch more waves? Right now? During your very next session?

Well, it could be to paddle harder…drop in later…take off deeper… keep your head up…look down the line… And well, yes, all those tips are great and they will help you catch more waves.

But, the fastest and easiest way to catch more waves during your very next session, is to listen to mom. She was right! You need to sit up straight. On your board. What? That’s it? Yep — you see, when you slouch on your board while waiting between sets, you’re preventing yourself from surfing as well as you could. Know why? For starters, you’re straining your back and neck, leading to early fatigue and a general sense of lethargy. Go ahead — try it right now. Slouch. Let your shoulders slump forward, round your back, and jut out your chin. How do you feel? Probably not stoked for surfing.

Okay, now sit up straight and draw your shoulders back so they’re lined up over your hips, not your thighs. Lengthen your spine by reaching your ribcage up and away from your hip bones. Don’t arch your back — just keep it nice and straight.

Now squeeze your shoulder blades together drop your shoulders away from your ears. Stop jutting out your chin and instead imagine the top of your head reaching toward the sky.

Now b-r-e-a-t-h-e …slowly, deeply, easily. No forcing or straining. Really expand your abdomen and chest as you inhale, and then let go of all the air as you exhale.

There — don’t you feel better already?

When you slump and slouch, you can’t fill your lungs with energy-producing oxygen.

And when you don’t have enough energy, you can’t catch as many waves.

But when you sit up straight on your board between sets, you’ll reduce fatigue, prevent aches and pains in your back and neck, increase your flow of oxygen and energy — and increase your feelings of confidence and competence.

Bonus: when you sit taller, you’ll be able to see the sets coming in even better.

Try it out and let me know how it goes, okay?

And check out this clip from Yoga for Surfers III, where surf heroes Tom Carroll, Brian Conley and Garrett McNamara demonstrate their perfect posture.

Then go claim more free yoga stretches for surfing right here:

Coming up next, more tips on heavy breathing!

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