for me surfing is the absolute best way of having fun, relaxing, being in the nature and at the same time working with your body – without thinking of it, cause it’s so much fun 🙂 that’s why I miss it like CRAZY all the time when I’m not there… I can offer you at the moment a discount so YOU can go surfing also! simply use my discount code LAP126, for the destinations that lapoint offer to Morocco, Portugal, Costa Rica, Bali etc.., and you get up to 500 SEK off the price (read more on their website to find out for which places it’s 500 or 300 discount, or contact me!) YEEY!
during my stay in Morocco, and also when I prepared myself to go there, I’ve come up with my 3 most important tips for you:
– attitude. to try and always stay positive, relaxed, focused and happy when you’re out in the water. my instructor always tells me how important it is and this time i believe i finally lived up to it, at least most of the time… with good attitude you will catch so many more waves than if you get frustrated and angry, trust me, I know by own experiences… and besides, you know why you do it – cause you love it – so enjoy it!
– physical training during prep-time (a lot with the arms, core and practicing on technique, like the pop-up!). that will for sure help you a lot!
– try to understand the ocean. count the sets, see which waves will break where, or close-out, if it will be windy or not and where the currents are. i now know a lot more about reading understanding the ocean, which helps me a lot. it is important for you to be able to catch the right waves – and therefore of course you will improve faster than if you don’t know which waves will break or not.
a bit cheesy maybe but I want to say thank you to so many that have been a big help for me. first of all of course to my mom and my family! and to lapoint for helping me out with the trip. also thank you to two instructors at my gym, one who’s a surfer and gave me some great surf-excersises and another guy who helped me a lot too! and also of course to my teacher at my school for helping me out. and to Surfsverige for linking to my blog on their awesome website for surfers!
being in morocco – thanks to the instructors working at, and together, with lapoint, and to some awesome people and surfers i met there! i hope i’ll meet everyone again!
i’m home after two AWESOME weeks in Taghazout with the lapoint team!
my surfing improved more during these two weeks than it has before, that’s for sure. at least in my eyes i did it, and that’s the most important thing. both the physical training and the mental training helped me a lot! i felt stronger than ever in my body and in my head i felt stronger so i could stay positive after even the worst wipe-outs.
i don’t know how much i actually thought i would improve my skills in surfing during only two weeks… i mean face it, no one becomes a pro after only two weeks of surfing, when you haven’t done it for 4-5 months. however you can always learn a lot more, and also if you prepare like i did. i was able to surf with great (!) surfers, like the trainers of the lapoint-team, a world class surf instructor from Portugal, the Portuguese surfer and owner of the camp, and i even happened to ride the same wave as the manager of Rip Curl Europe. These and all the other experiences got me even more inspired and the list of “thank you”-s to people has grown.
this trip has made me want to work even harder to surf even more and even better. i am much more open to all the tips and help i can get from any one – cause together we do get better. i do hope this project not only helped me a lot but helped some of you guys on your way to achieve something. the project in school is coming to and end – but my surfing if for sure not! i am stoked and so happy i started this project… and did it work? well, if you ask me it most certainly did.
hi! i’m stoked. met up with a guy at the gym today who’s a surfer and also an instructor at the gym. we went through heaps of great excersises and he showed and told me some real great stuff. such an inspiration and my motivation is now on top again! I’m leaving for Morocco in a month so I’m gonna work harder than ever! He told me how important an over-all strong body is. Ofcourse you can do heaps of Yoga and stuff to get in control of you body and that’s heaps good, however if you’re not really strong you won’t be able to paddle for a long time, pop-up when you need to and stay in the water for all the good sets 🙂
Some of the things he said, I kind of knew but it felt SO good to hear it from someone like him. So I’ll be focusing on strength (!!!) for now on, consisting of stomach-excercises (basic ones like the normal sit-up), strengthening my hips, doing a lot of squats to work on balance and strength, paddle-technique (strengthening arms) etc etc. We’ll see how it goes and if I feel any better when I’m out in the water. At least I’ll be having fun!
And now it’s official, it’s winter in Stockholm so no more late-night longboarding with my sister….
keep body fairly straight. body weight mostly on arms.
the leg you had up in the air, you now bring forward, as far as you can, close to the outside of your hand.
then bring the other leg too. and look straight. then to it the opposite way. (I might have shown it to you before but these photos were better!)
one of the surf instructors at lapoint taught us this exercise.
1. jump side-ways (rotating your body), 5 times
2. down and touch the ground
3. jump high up in the air, bringing your legs close to your chest
4. though yourself down
5. finish with a “push-up” into a pop-up!
Try do it as fast as possible.
I realized something quite important today while I was on my way to the pool to do some swimming, and that is how important it is to find your own balance in life. A balance between all things you want to do and all things you “have” to do, which hopefully aren’t many… It can be truly hard, even though you’re the person who sets your own goals and are determent to achieve them, sometimes you can get off balance. I mean, before I started my little project towards developing my skills in surfing before I travel to Marocco (thanks to LAPOINT for making it happen!), I didn’t know how much I would be able to work-out and manage to push myself, and I won’t know it until the end of the project. I just did a little risk taking and made a plan I thought I’d be able to stick to, and it has worked pretty well. It’s so important to listen to your own body though, and often remind yourself why you do what you do, why you push yourself and why you get up early in the morning before the sun has risen and the frost on the ground doesn’t look too tempting to crush.
Not only in situations like this it is important to listen to your body, but in all situations. It can however be very difficult sometimes. Often it is your brain that says “no” but you can physically always push yourself more than that. However if you always push yourself when your brain says “no”, maybe you’re not doing what you actually want… ever thought of that? My brain says “no” when I’m tired and simply can’t be bothered, and then I push myself, keeping in my mind what my goals are and where I want to go, and soon enough the bad thoughts are gone. Sometimes I watch my favourite surf movie to get motivated again, or say to myself “then don’t work out if you can’t be bothered, it’s up to you!”…. but then I feel bad and I put on some good music and I’m on the right track again!
So today when I was on my way to the pool I got a bit off balance. I had so hard to get myself out of my house to go swimming, took me almost an hour to decide whether I should to it, or if I could just skip it. But then I said to myself that 30 minutes in the pool is really not that much, but it means a lot in the long run, so giving up some time to go swimming felt hard before I did it but arfterwards it turned out to be one of the things that made my day. I felt though that 30 minutes was enough, because just the fact that I did it on a day when it felt sooo hard to do it, feels good enough. I’m proud of myself, which is another important fact when finding your own balance. Between the pushing and fighting towards your goal, don’t forget to be proud of yourself, otherwise it will be very hard to get where you want.
“just do it” – pretty much what I keep in mind when I do my work-outs, which btw this week are getting more! up until now my weeks have been like this: I have had about 3 Flexibility/Technique sessions (which I do at home), Balance 3 times a week (also at home, on the balance board for 10 minutes), Strength 2 times a week (been to the indoor pool twice, sometimes paddling in the ocean but that’s WAY too cold now, and recently started to do some exercises at the gym), and then 2 Cardio (40 minutes of running).
from now on (at least for the following first 5 weeks), I’ll have Program at home, Program at the gym, Cardio, Balance, Class at gym, Everyday (stretching).
Program at home:
– “bad bad not good”, x20
– sideways rotation, x40
– plank, one leg out, forwards and squat, x20
– three explosive push-ups and pop-up, x5
– jumping, pop-up, x5
– feet fast between hands, x40
– snake, x10
– pop-up, x20 (trying to do on knees if it doesn’t hurt too much)
– workout for hamstring and gluteus, lay on floor with traight legs, heels on pilates ball and pull the ball underneath you, 15×3
Program at gym:
– warm up, power-walk up hill, 10 minutes
– lay on pilates ball, do sit-ups with 6 kg, straight x15, left x15, right x15, repeat everything x3
– lay like normal sit-up, however move your uper body sideways in a rotation with 6 kg, 30×3
– back-arm with 6 kg, 5×3 on each arm
– lay in step-up board, hold a 6 kg weight, sit-up and stand all the way up holding weight above head, 15×3
– running outside – fresh air! about 40 minutes
– the exercise in the previous post, 1 minute on each leg
– wheel pose, classic yoga-pose, about 30 secs now in the beginning
I understand that heaps of the explanations are fairly weak, but later on in the week I will try and get proper pictures of them! until then, keep motivated!!