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Workouts you can do at Home to Improve your Surfing

Workouts you can do at Home to Improve your Surfing

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The minute you get on that board, you’re engaging your core, not to mention the cardio it takes to get into position to catch a wave.  Surfing is an excellent sport to choose for someone who wants to have fun while they get their daily exercise.  The water provides the perfect environment to relax and get in-touch with your own body. 

For those who feel a little intimidated or overwhelmed by the physicality of surfing, there are some great workouts you can do while at home to make things easier.

Improve your Balance

You don’t need amazing strength to surf proficiently, balance is where you’ll want to focus most of your training into.  The majority of surfers out there put a lot of time into working out and strengthening their balance at home or in the gym.  You’ll see a lot of exercises regarding squats, but you should invest in a balance platform to improve the strength of your feet and ankles, as well.

Getting more Core Strength

Core and balance go hand-in-hand for surfing, you must have a strong core if you want to climb up and stay up on your board.  You can apply some easy exercises at home without the use of any equipment.  Planking is a solid core workout, as well as sit-ups.  Switch things up by doing some side-planks, which require you to lay on your side, elevate yourself onto your elbow, then hold yourself above the ground for two seconds before dropping back down.  Repeat this 20 times before switching sides. 

Upper-body and Paddling

Working out your arms and upper body is key to an enjoyable and long surfing session.  You can do paddling workouts in a pool or you can stick to traditional upper-body workouts in your home.  If you can bring your surf board to your local pool, start doing laps of 100 yards.  Repeat 2 times or until you feel exhausted, then follow that up with a set of 20 push-ups (or your personal limit).  Rest for 2 minutes and repeat another round of reps.

This will help train both your endurance and your power when paddling. 

If you can only train on land, replace those 100 yards of paddling with jumping jacks, punching up with 2lb free weights, and push-ups.  We recommend 50 jumping jacks, 20 reps of free weights on each arm, then 20 push-ups (or your personal limit).  Rest for two minutes and repeat again.

These workouts will be very challenging for beginners, but this should not deter you!  You will experience great progress with your surfing abilities within weeks.

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Curious Humpback whale encounter on tour

Curious Humpback whale encounter on tour

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We were lucky enough to be greeted by an adolescent Humpback Whale on our casual paddle at Double Island from Noosa and Rainbow Beach. As you can see the whale approached super close and then swam under our kayak for a better look. This isn’t an everyday occurrence but when it does happen everyone gets pretty excited! We are still seeing most whales passing by heading north keen to get up to migrating waters but we can confirm that we are already starting to see some whales migrating south again. Sometimes when they do come south they swim a little closer to shore and rest in the bays with their new born.

As we always say on our tours and in the wild, you never know what you might see in this spectacular National Park but there is always plenty of activity. Conditions have been no less than ideal for our tours and we a wrapped to be able to showcase this stunning region to so many new travelers and holiday makers.

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Humpback Whale Migration along the East Coast of Australia

Humpback Whale Migration along the East Coast of Australia

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Humpback whales make their presence known along Australia’s east coast every year, between April and November, as they migrate to go mate and give birth after a summer of feasting on krill in the Antarctic.  This makes for a unique opportunity for residents of the surrounding coastal towns and visitors all across Australia.  A one-of-a-kind whale-watching where tens of thousands pass by, many within plain sight!

Catching a Glimpse

The wide range of months that humpback whales can be spotted making their way across the eastern coastline of Australia is due to the variation each year, usually influenced by water temp and the conditions of their feeding grounds when they are down under. The first appearances, the young males, are usually in June closely followed by pregnant whales with calves in tail.  Fully grown adult males fill in the gaps in the middle of the migration. You can quickly identify humpback groups of younger males by their playful behavior and dynamic jumps out of the water. The last whale sights are usually in November, when the whales are migrating back home.

A Lucky Sight

Humpback whales were nearly driven to extinction at the height of whaling from the 19th century and into the height of the 20th century.  After the International Whaling Commission banned humpback whaling, the humpback whale population was reduced to less than 5% of their original numbers.  Experts believe that if the ban were a year later, the numbers may have been too low for the humpback to ever recover.  Thankfully, that isn’t the case, now the humpback whales have grown tremendously in population size since the 1960s when they were still illegally hunted enmass.

Making it Count

Researchers continue to track the population growth, thanks in part by the Australian public’s volunteers who go whale watching every year to count whales from sunrise to sunset.  With oversight from scientists and expert whale watchers, the community volunteers are able to get a good count on the many thousands of humpback whales that migrate each year along Australia’s east coast.

Sydney, Eden, Port Stephens, Narooma and Byron Bay in New South Wales are some of the most popular gatherings for whale watchers, while volunteer counting is mostly focused in smaller gathers at places like Cape Solander in the south of Botany Bay and Cape Byron Lighthouse in the Cape Byron State Conservation Area.  Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia holds official census gather for both population numbers and any noticeable changes of health or behavior of whales.

This season the humpback whale tally is expected to reach over 30,000 members.  What an incredible story of resilience for these beautiful animals.

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Migrating Whales Big In Numbers Early

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Over the last 6 years of operation i can definitely say that there is a significant increase in whale numbers passing Double Island. I remember early years that June and July typically there would be the odd few whales passing by close to shore on our kayak tours. We would often see many Humpback whales well out in the distant in much of a hurry to get north to warmer waters.

This seems to be changing, the last month we have seen an incredible number passing by close to shore. You only have to pick up the paper to see the large increase in encounters along the east coast. Some of the experiences we have encountered over the last 6 weeks have been incredible. We are so blessed to be able to paddle around this spectacular National Park location and from time to time see them in thier own habitat.  We are certainly looking forward to the coming months and spectacular Double Island adventures.

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How to prepare for your next surf holiday to Double Island Point!

How to prepare for your next surf holiday to Double Island Point!

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It’s nice to be able to get out and catch Australia’s longest beginner waves with a brand new view over the coloured sands, especially if you’re traveling with friends. Heading to a new location for a surf holiday can be fun, but it always pays to come prepared whenever you’re visiting a place you’ve never been before. We’ve got you covered with a handy guide to help you plan ahead and live your holiday to its fullest!

The gear

The most essential part of any holiday prep is making sure you have everything you need for the surf trip. The good part it, you barely have to bring a thing! We supply you with all of the equipment, including boards, wetsuits, rash tops, etc! The Australian sun is very strong, so remember to be sun safe and SLIP SLOP SLAP with sunscreen, a hat and of course your swimsuit and towels.

Beat the holiday “lag”

What we mean by this is prepare for the increase in walking whenever you go on a trip, not just a surf holiday. People always get caught off guard at just how much their feet end up hurting when going on a trip to a new place and they want to see and do as much possible. Just start training your legs and feet by implementing a walking regimen as soon as you can before you trip.

Prepare to eat and drink

Exercising your belly is almost as important as your workouts. The best thing you can do before a trip is eat healthy and fill your gut with good probiotic bacteria. Traveling will always come with increased challenges for your stomach, especially if you’re someone who eats a pretty steady diet at home.

Another thing you should be mindful of is how much weight you might lose from all the surfing you’re going to do in combination with all the walking. Those calories will burn off you real fast, so don’t be afraid to bulk up a little bit before you leave for our surf holiday.

The last, but most important tip is to ALWAYS bring WATER with you! You are exercising in the sun, hydrating your body is essential to keep your energy levels high.

These tips, along with some essential traveler/tourist tips will go a long ways towards your overall enjoyment. Stay safe and have fun catching those waves!

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Rhys, our surf instructor, secures sponsorship to surf

Rhys, our surf instructor, secures sponsorship to surf

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Rhys Smith, our surf instructor, will be competing in world qualifying events this year. He went to the junior series for five years and signed with Billabong. Now he recently picked up a Dragon Sponsorship. He is doing a lot of cross-training, trying to get really fit to push himself to be the best he can be! Watch Rhys in action below.

Do you want to learn how to surf with Rhys? Don't wait any longer and book your Epic Surf Adventure today! 

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It’s been a good summer

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“Our tans will fade, but our memories will last forever”

The summer holidays have officially finished in Queensland. What a great summer has it been! Here is a short video showing our best shots of the summer holidays.

Thanks to everyone who has joined us on tour over the past 2 months. You are all legends! SHAKA!!!

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To take or not to take your surfboard?

To take or not to take your surfboard?

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The majority of our surf clients joining us to Double Island Point come to us as surfing beginners who want to try out something new, have fun, discover a new place, ride a very long wave or simply disconnect from work and their everyday life. However, there are quite a few intermediate surfers joining us as well, wanting to discover the intermediate waves of Double Island Point. Good, long waves, with NO crowds!

Intermediate surfers going on surfing holidays – not just to Double Island Point or the Sunshine Coast, but everywhere in the world – face a difficult decision before leaving for their dream surf trip destination:

To bring or not to bring my surfboard?

To rent or not to rent a surfboard while surfing abroad?

There are pros and cons for both, of course. You’re used to surfing your own surfboards, but do you want to risk your surfboard being dinged while travelling? Will the surf school you are hiring surf equipment from have a surfboard suited to your surf level? How much will hiring a surfboard cost vs. how much does my airline charge for checking a surfboard and board bag? And so on…

When researching airlines luggage policies, I found that some airlines seem to be trying really hard to actually make life easier for surfers by being very generous with their luggage policies, while other airlines just don’t seem to get that surfers travel A LOT and that surfing and surf travel is becoming more and more popular still. I’m not saying that airline’s should change their oversize luggage restrictions just so it’s easier (and cheaper) for surfer to travel, but a bit more “surfer-­friendliness”, especially on smaller domestic flights would be highly appreciated – and might actually get them more business!

Well, here at Epic Ocean Adventures, WE definitely want to facilitate your surf trip to Double Island Point as best as we can! That’s why we checked all oversize luggage policies of main domestic airlines in Australia and put together a handy list for you of each airline’s fees and oversite luggage restrictions for surfboards. Top of the list are the most surfer-friendly airlines.

QANTAS: When you fly with Qantas you will have a 23kg check-in luggage included. Surfboard only accepted if enclosed in a surfboard bag and does not exceed 32kg in weight and 277cm in length.To carry a surfboard as baggage, fins must be removed where possible and placed in an enclosed compartment or taped to the board. Qantas Check-in will attach a Fragile tag to the bag.

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA: With Virgin Australia you also have a 23kg check-in luggage included. Each item of sporting equipment represents one piece of checked baggage allowance, provided that it does not exceed the maximum size and weight limits, 180cm and 32kg.

JETSTAR: With Jetstar you ONLY have 20kg check-in luggage included IF you have booked a Starter Fare ticket with Plus Bundle. If not you will have to pay for check-in luggage. Your surfboard can be included in your checked baggage allowance, as long as they’re packed in a bag designed for that equipment. Where possible, remove surfboard fins and store them in an enclosed compartment in the bag or taped to the board. Remember: no single item bag or item can weigh more than 32kg and can be max. 230cm.

TIGER AIR: Tiger Air SEEMS to be surfer friendly, but they are not! Check-in luggage prices are going through the roof. Sports equipment can be part of your check-in baggage allowance as long as it meets the requirements, BUT check-in luggage will costs you minimum $75 per flight. All boards must be packed in a protective bag. If possible, the fins should be removed and packed properly to prevent damage to the boards. Surfboards, including the surfboard bag, must not exceed 1.9m in length for domestic travel and 3.0 m in length for international travel

 

 

 

 

If you decide NOT to bring your surfboard. We have got a good collection of hire boards available! Surfers all around Australia…. Come and join us on a EPIC surf trip to Double Island Point!!!