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

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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.

 

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Overview

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 psychology

A 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: 9780762724666
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: Surfing Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Raul Guisado has lived in California and played in the ocean all his life. He grew up surfing and skiing, splitting his time between Santa Cruz and Tahoe City. 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. For more information on Raul’s coaching services, visit www.norcal-sports.org.

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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.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Chapter 1 The Basics: Surfing Fundamentals 1
A Brief History of Surfing 1
The Break 2
Ocean Safety 2
Wave Formation 6
Anatomy of a Wave 8
Wave Measurement 8
Wave Shape 9
Tides 10
Currents 10
Wind Conditions 11
Types of Breaks 11
Other Wave Terms 12
Gear 13
Boards 14
Fins 19
Wet Suits 20
Leashes 21
Wax and Traction Pads 22
Other Equipment 22
Equipment Care 26
It's Up to You 26
Respect 26
Lineups 27
Right-of-Way 29
Dropping In 29
Paddling Out 29
Falling 30
What We Do in Life 31
Pay It Fonward 31
Surfing 101 31
Basic Body Position 33
Paddling 34
Paddling Out 36
Waiting for Waves 37
Catching Waves 38
Popping Up 40
Standing 42
Turning 43
Ending a Ride 45
The Inevitable 45
Chapter 2 Classic: Advanced Longboarding 47
Advantages 47
Glide 48
Limitations 48
Advanced Paddling 48
Technique 48
Style 50
Angling 50
Trimming 50
Setting Up 51
Turning 51
Walking the Nose 53
Other Advanced Maneuvers 54
Final Note 55
Chapter 3 Slash: Shortboarding 57
Old School versus New School 57
Advantages 57
Maneuverability 58
Limitations 58
Technique 59
Style 59
Speed 59
Turning 60
Maneuvers 62
The Future 65
Chapter 4 Monsters: Big-Wave Surfing 67
The Big-Wave Subculture 67
Locations 70
Risks 70
Limitations 71
Towing In 71
Gear 71
The Future 72
A Word to the Wise 72
Chapter 5 Mano a Mano: Competition 73
Formats 73
Pro Surfing 75
Judges 76
Technique 76
Style 77
Wave Selection 77
Priority 78
Interference 78
Fatigue 78
Heat Dynamics 78
Coaching 78
Perspective 80
Chapter 6 Fuel: Nutrition 81
Energy Needs 81
Weight 82
Body Fat and Lean Muscle Mass 83
Determining Body Composition 83
Hydration 84
Diurctics 85
Supplements 86
Health 87
Chapter 7 Gumby: Flexibility 89
Injury Prevention 89
Popping Up 89
Getting Low 89
Rotation 90
Basic Kinesiology 90
When and How to Stretch 93
Yoga 94
Massage 94
Stretching Exercises 94
As You Age 98
Chapter 8 Cardio: Aerobic and Anaerobic Fitness 99
Aerobic Capacity 99
How to Improve 99
Aerobic Interval Training 102
Anaerobic Endurance 102
Anaerobic Interval Training 102
Cross-Training 106
Keep It Fun 107
Chapter 9 Fast Twitch: Agility and Quickness 109
Fast- and Slow-Tivitch Muscle Fibers 109
Drills 110
Cross-Training 112
Overall Athleticism 112
Chapter 10 Stability: Balance 113
Balance and Trunk Stability 113
Balance and Joint Stability 113
Athletic Stance 114
Knee Tracking 115
Stability Training Exercises 116
Dynamic Balance Strength Training 116
Variety 120
Chapter 11 Hard Core: Trunk Stabilization 123
Anatomy of the Trunk 124
Neutral Spine 124
Transverse Abdominis 125
Trunk Strength and Stabilization Exercises 126
Hard Core for Life 126
Chapter 12 Ripped: Strength Development 135
Sport Specificity 136
Proprioception 136
Strength Development 137
Tempo, Sets, Reps, and Resistance 137
Strength Training Exercises 137
Variety 137
Chapter 13 Ballistic: Power Development 141
Explosiveness 141
Sport Specificity 141
Tempo, Sets, Reps, and Resistance 142
Power Training Exercises 142
Variety 143
Chapter 14 The Game Plan: Designing a Training Program 145
Periodization 145
Be Realistic 152
Follow Through 152
Reassess 152
Chapter 15 Head Games: Sports Psychology and Surfing 153
Relaxation 153
Concentration 154
Imagery 154
Positive Self-Talk 154
Precompetition Routine 155
Mental Cross-Training 155
Training Logs 155
The End Result 163
Appendix A Glossary of Surf Lingo 165
Appendix B References 170
Index 171
About the Author 178
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    Very Informative!

    I learned a ton about technique and thought the cross-training sections were incredible!

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