The Art of Surfing, 2nd: A Training Manual for the Developing and Competitive Surfer


Surfing has evolved from a relatively obscure pastime to one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Today, there are millions of surfers across the globe. The Art of Surfing was the first book of its kind to avail participants, both beginner and advanced, with the same training and coaching principles of the more established and traditional sports. It has empowered both recreational and competitive surfers to prepare for and catch the best waves. This thoroughly revised and updated new edition?with 160 color...

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Surfing has evolved from a relatively obscure pastime to one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Today, there are millions of surfers across the globe. The Art of Surfing was the first book of its kind to avail participants, both beginner and advanced, with the same training and coaching principles of the more established and traditional sports. It has empowered both recreational and competitive surfers to prepare for and catch the best waves. This thoroughly revised and updated new edition—with 160 color photos—covers boards and equipment, the anatomy of waves, body position and stance, and techniques for everything from paddling to walking the nose. Special chapters on competition and training, biomechanics, and the psychology of surfing round out this first-of-its-kind textbook for the developing surfer. Inside you'll find information on:· The basics of boards and other gear, the anatomy of waves, and a review of basic maneuvers· Advanced techniques for everything, from paddling to turning to walking the nose· Basic and advanced exercises for improving flexibility, balance, and stability· Strength-training and power-building routines· Cardiovascular endurance workouts, as well as cross-training options· Tips on performance nutrition, and the latest advances in sports psychologyA chapter on surf contests rounds out this coaching and training manual. Let The Art of Surfing help you develop a game plan to boost your physical, technical, and mental performance—and prepare to catch the next wave.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762773756
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Series: Surfing Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 978,520
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Raul Guisado grew up surfing and skiing, He has a B.A. in biological sciences from the University of California at Santa Barbara, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and has been a sports performance coach for action sport athletes since 1995. Raul is a former World Cup/Olympic coach for the U.S. Ski Team and coached athletes who competed in the 1998, 2002, 2006, and 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

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The Art of Surfing, 2nd

A Training Manual for the Developing and Competitive Surfer
By Raul Guisado


Copyright © 2011 Raul Guisado
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780762773756

The Art of Surfing will give you ideas for ways you can take your surfing to the next level. If you're serious about improving, this book can be a great resource-a textbook if you will-in your development as a surfer. The first chapter is dedicated to the basics of surfing in hopes of filling any gaps in nitty-gritty knowledge and getting everyone on the "same page" so to speak. Whether you've been surfing all your life, or have only recently "gotten hooked," I urge you to pay close attention to the information in that chapter. Even though a great deal of it may sound familiar, it will help lay the groundwork for this book's performance enhancement sections. The remainder of the book was written with the intermediate to advanced surfer in mind. I aim to empower both the recreational and competitive athlete and, as a result, improve the way surfers prepare to reach their goals. Knowledge of performance enhancement techniques can help you surf better every day without injury, get ready for a two-week surf trip, or aid you in reaching competitive aspirations.


Excerpted from The Art of Surfing, 2nd by Raul Guisado Copyright © 2011 by Raul Guisado. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 THE BASICS Surfing Fundamentals

I. A Brief History of Surfing

II. The Break
• Become a Student
• Ocean Safety
• Wave Formation
• Anatomy of a Wave
• Wave Measurement
• Wave Shape
• Tides
• Wind Conditions
• Types of Breaks
• Other Wave Terms

III. Gear
• Boards
• Fins
• Wetsuits
• Other Equipment
• Equipment Care
• It's Up to You

IV. Respect
• The Golden Rule of Surf Etiquette
• Localism
• Out of the Water
• In the Water
• Line-Ups
• Right of Way
• Dropping In
• Paddling Out
• Falling
• What We Do In Life

V. Surfing 101
• Introduction to Surfing Essentials
• Basic Body Position
• Paddling
• Paddling Out
• Waiting for Waves
• Catching Waves
• Popping Up
• Turning
• Ending a Ride
• The Inevitable

Chapter 2 CLASSIC Advanced Longboarding

• Longboard Evolution
• Advantages
• Glide
• Limitations
• Advanced Paddling
• Technique
• Style
• Angling
• Trimming
• Turning
• Walking the Nose
• Other Advanced Maneuvers
• Final Note

Chapter 3 SLASH Shortboarding

• Shortboard History
• Old School vs. New School
• Advantages
• Maneuverability
• Limitations

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• Style
• Turning
• Maneuvers
• Future

Chapter 4 MONSTERS Big-Wave Surfing

• Big-Wave Timeline
• Gear
• Subculture
• Locations
• Risks
• Limitations
• Towing-In
• Future
• A Word to the Wise

Chapter 5 MANO a MANO Competition

• Contest History
• Formats
• Pro Surfing
• Judges
• Technique
• Style
• Wave Selection
• Priority
• Interference
• Heat Dynamics
• Coaching
• Perspective

Chapter 6 FUEL Nutrition

• Energy
• Energy Needs
• Weight
• Body Fat and Lean Muscle Mass
• Determining Body Composition
• Hydration
• Diuretics
• Supplements
• Health

Chapter 7 GUMBY Flexibility

• Importance
• Injury Prevention
• Popping Up
• Getting Low
• Rotation
• Basic Kinesiology
• When and How to Stretch
• Yoga
• Massage
• Stretches
• As You Age

Chapter 8 CARDIO Aerobic and Anaerobic Fitness

• Cardiovascular Demands
• Aerobic Capacity
• Anaerobic Endurance
• How to Improve
• Aerobic Interval Training
• Anaerobic Interval Training
• Cross Training
• Keep It Fun

Chapter 9 FAST TWITCH Agility and Quickness

• Agility, Quickness and Surfing
• Fast and Slow Twitch Muscle Fibers
• Drills
• Cross Training
• Overall Athleticism

s20Chapter 10 STABILITY Balance

• Dynamic Balance
• Balance and Trunk Stability
• Balance and Joint Stability
• Athletic stance
• Knee Tracking
• Stability Training
• Basic Balance Exercises
• Advanced Dynamic Balance Exercises
• Dynamic Balance Strength Training
• Variety

Chapter 11 HARD CORE Trunk Stabilization

• Trunk Stability
• Anatomy of the Trunk
• Neutral Spine
• Transverse Abdominis
• Trunk Strength and Stabilization Exercises
• Hard Core for Life

Chapter 12 RIPPED Strength Development

• The Myth
• Sport Specificity
• Joint Stability
• Strength Development
• Tempo, Sets, Reps and Resistance
• Strength Training Exercises
• Variety

Chapter 13 BALLISTIC Power Development

• Explosiveness
• Sport Specificity
• Power Development
• Tempo, Sets, Reps and Resistance
• Power Training Exercises
• Variety

Chapter 14 THE GAME PLAN Designing a Training Program

• The Objective
• Periodization
• Be Realistic
• Follow Through
• Reassess

Chapter 15 HEAD GAMES Sports Psychology

• Performance Enhancement
• Relaxation
• Concentration
• Imagery
• Mental Cross Training
• Training Logs
• End Result




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