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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: www.yogaforsurfers.com

Coming up next, more tips on heavy breathing!


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Get off the Sports “Drinks”

Well, I may not be too popular here with my latest advice — but please, get off the sugary sport drinks. They’re full of stuff your body does not need.

I know some surfers who drink the stuff all day long. (Bobby — are you listening?!)

Just for fun, I tracked down the ingredient label for a really popular brand. Read it and weep:

A 20-ounce bottle (the smaller size) of this popular sports drink contains:

calories: 125

sodium: 275 mg (hint: you only need 1500mg the entire day)

potassium: 75 mg

total carbs: 35 mg

sugars: 35 g (arggh! Listen to my radio show about the dangers of sugar!!)

protein: 0g

Ingredients: water, sucrose, glucose-fructose syrup, citric acid, natrual flavors, salt, mono-potassium phosphates, ester gum, yellow 5, bominater vegetable oils, yellow 6, red 40, blue 1, caramel 1.

How’s that for artificial ingredients?

The second and third ingredients are highly-refined forms of sugar, which actually accelerate aging, bone loss and muscle damage. Processed sugar also depletes your energy, due to the surge of insulin and resultng crash.

Yellow, red and blue dyes? Ester gum? Brominated vegetable oils? Not so appealing after all.

Instead, get some pure apple juice or other fruit juice and dilute it 50-50 with water. MUCH better for you !!!

Or, here’s a quick recipe for you to make your own version of a nutritious thirst-quencher:

one quart of water

one tablespoon of green powder (dried, powdered fruits, vegetables, herbs and grasses — try Trader Joe’s Daily Greens)

one tablespoon of Vitamin C powder from acerola cherries (not crystallized Vitamin C)

one tablespoon of maple syrup

Shake it all up and drink it all day long. Better for you, and better for your wallet, too!


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