Why will this improve my surfing?
It will strengthen muscle groups using in paddle power.
What does it target?
Back of the shoulders and smaller muscle groups that support the shoulder blades, and support movement.
While on the indo board stand with soft knees, slowly bring your elbows upwards and as you do squeeze your shoulder blades together.
Try 5 reps before resting and use a light weight.
To gain strength and endurance for surfing use light weights and aim for high reps.
Remember: It's important to warm up before you start. Warm up with 6-8 minutes mobility. Stay within you comfort zone.
Article by Lee Stanbury, Surfing-Waves.com resident surf fitness guru, author of the Complete Guide to Surf Fitness. Lee has worked with top surf athletes Ben Skinner and Oli Adams, and developed fitness coaching with the U18 British surf team.
Check out Lee's surf fitness website at www.fit2surf.com.