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Anyone who has spent more than an hour out on the waves knows the full body exhaustion that comes with surfing. There’s no question as to how the pros get the muscle tone and definition that they have, but all that hard work means a little off-season effort as well. Whether you’re a beginner who wants to last a little longer in the water or a well-seasoned surfer looking to speed up your moves and agility, putting in work during your down time will have you reaping the benefits.   Like any good surfer knows, there’s no use diving into the water without a brief stretch. Getting your body warm and ready to go for the hour (or hours) ahead of you makes the transition from beach to waves that much easier. If you’re impatient, just hit the basics: loosen up your arms and legs with simple shoulder stretches and lunges. If you’re feeling particularly tight, consider a longer stretch sequence and think about investing in a foam roller for post-surf. Stretching in the off-season can increase flexibility and strength so it’s easier to jump up and get back to it when it’s time. imgres Paddling out, standing up, and balancing on a board isn’t easy work, nor is it isolated to working one muscle group. Surfers just beginning to learn the basics can find that after a full day out in the water, their shoulders, abs, and even legs can feel fatigued. Working some of the main muscle groups will keep even the beginners from injury and improve performance across the board. Paddling out can be exhausting and without strong arm muscles, you can find yourself battling the waves instead of catching them. To speed up the journey, hit the weights with the basics like rows, pushups, and bench press reps. These all work the chest, back, shoulders, and arms, giving you an all-over upper body workout to help get you out to the waves faster. Photo: www.popsugar.com If you’re hoping to maneuver your way around a wave, get air, or even manage to control your board, you’ll need to be sporting some serious leg muscle. It’s too easy for beginning surfers to fall into the trap that is focusing on core muscles for stability only. The relationship between core and leg strength that gives a surfer the stability and balance they need is a close one. Using Bosu balls and stability boards while performing lower body workouts ties together the core strength with leg workouts. Focus on squats, lunges, and leg presses and curls to get the power you need for tricks and maneuvers out on the waves. Standing up on its' own requires quite a bit of balance, let alone steering your board for tricks and air. Core strength is nonnegotiable in the surfing world, lending surfers the ability to twist and whip through the waves with ease. Whether you’re hoping to improve your tricks or looking to stay standing for longer, work on developing your core muscles and balance. Consider working planks, stability ball push-ups, and Russian twists into your workout to change the way you surf for the better. Photo: lovemyyoga.com

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Surf travel has become more and more popular since the migration of the first American surfers to Hawaii and the release of the surf documentary Endless Summer. Surf travel has become more and more popular since the migration of the first American surfers to Hawaii and the release of the surf documentary Endless Summer. We have come full circles since that day and are beginning to see some pretty amazing surf destinations and accommodations. We’re not just talking about good waves; we’re talking about style. puertohigh 10. Puerto Escondido, Mexico: More commonly known as the “Mexican Pipeline,” this world-class break is home of some of the biggest and best waves that mainland Mexico has to offer. Besides having perfect waves it also has an incredible climate with warm clear water and hot sunny days pretty much year round. This part of Mexico includes amazing 5 star resorts including the Camino Real Zaashila; which is an ocean front resort with great service and everything you could imagine. TurtleBay_Heli_120305_012 9. Turtle Bay, Hawaii: Turtle Bay is unique in the sense that it is the only hotel resort located on the North Shore of Hawaii. This Ocean front hotel is surrounded by the best waves that Oahu has to offer and is literally minutes away from world-class breaks such as Pipeline, Sunset Beach and V-Land. This beautiful resort is equipped with it’s own full golf course with ocean view holes and is the only resort that will give you the country feel that Hawaii’s North Shore is known for. ChildsJ-rizal1 8. Bali, Indonesia: Indonesia is home of some of the best breaks in the world. In recent years tourism has reached an all time high and as a result there are plenty of luxury surf vacation spots to visit including the Blue Point Villas overlooking the break Uluwatu. These ocean front villas overlook the ocean and are equipped with everything you could possibly need while on visiting this beautiful island. 4 7. Bilbao, Spain: Located in the northern region of Spain; Bilbao is home of Europes longest left known to the surfing world as Mundaka. Mundaka is home to the Billabong Pro and is one of the greatest waves in all of Europe. Located in the region is the 5 star hotel called the Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao. Here you will enjoy great waves, rooms and an amazing culture.   naufragados 6. Florianópolis, Brazil: In this beautiful region of brazil you will find one of the top 101 hotels in the world, Ponta dos Ganchos. This luxury beach hotel is nestled in a quiet little cove of it’s own and where it’s not uncommon for guests to arrive in private helicopters. Here you will also find some nice surfing beaches including Joaquina and Mole beach. pretty-byron-bay-view 5. Byron Bay, Australia: Although Australia is full of beautiful beaches and surf breaks there is only one that you can call the best longboard break in Australia and that is exactly what Byron Bay claims to be. Here you will find some of the cleanest and longest waves that will satisfy and longboarders dream. Located on the point of this bay, just steps from the beach, is the beautiful Rae’s at Watego. This high-class resort is has been deemed one of the world’s top 25 hotels and with good reason. as_surf_moorea_2048 4.  Moorea, Tahiti : Not only is Tahiti home of some of the greatest and most beautiful beaches in the world, it also houses some absolutely amazing surf breaks. On the island of Moorea there are several breaks worth spending you time at including Temae and Haapiti. In this secluded region you will also find the St. Regis Resort where you will not only enjoy unforgettable views, but top of the line accommodations and services. fun-wave-burgerworld-mentawai-islands 3. Mentawai Islands: Among these beautiful islands in the Indonesian island chain is the Kandui Resort. Kandui is the perfect luxury surf vaction due to it’s one of a kind location on the Mentawai Islands. Here you will find some of the best surf Indonesia has to offer including Kandui Left, Thunders and Rifles as well as many other breaks. Enjoy the beauty of both the island and the resort while surfing the best waves of you life. 2215646-2091135-thumbnail 2. Sumba Island: Is another island in Indonesia just east of Bali. Sumba is full of tropical rainforest, rice terraces, beautiful beaches and the world’s best hotel in 2005, the Nihiwatu Resort. This resort is ideal in for a luxury surf trip because it’s one of the only one’s that provides a unique hideaway away from civilization and the only one that limits the number of surfing guests to 9 at a time. This means that you and 8 of your closest friends can have the surf to yourselves the whole time you’re on vacation. Now that’s luxury. screen_shot_2012-03-22_at_2.40.51_pm_0 1. Indies Trader IV: This is unlike any other surf trip around considering the fact that this 5 star resort has the ability to move you, your room and all you brought with you through the islands of Indonesia. This large vessel is the newest and largest of three other ships that do custom surf trips through Indo. The trip includes 12 days and 13 nights and 5 star services during your entire stay. They have a handful of activities for their guests including surfing, jet skiing, diving, fishing and they even have the option of bringing a helicopter aboard to see explore everything by land, sea and air. The Indies Trader IV really does have it all.   For more info on where to go and stay, check out our friends at http://www.surfcamp-online.com/.

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Not many Australians know where Kansas is. They know Texas, where I go to college, they know California where the American surfers tend to catch their waves, but Kansas is relatively unknown. Kansas is arguably the most landlocked state in the United States and, unfortunately, where I grew up for 18 years. My surfing experience consisted of the one lesson I took on vacation that included a regrettable bout of forgotten sunscreen followed by one of the most painful weeks of my life. So it must have been fate that I decided to study abroad in the surfing capital of the world: Australia. With my much more adventurous friends with snowboarding and skateboarding pasts in tow, I found myself at Surf Camp Australia the very first weekend after my plane landed. Jet lag doesn’t get a say when surfing is an option. 11401056_10152886403546931_6407815304652435774_n The day after we arrived we found ourselves zipped into wetsuits, carrying our boards, and listening to our instructors tell us that we would be standing up and riding waves by the end of that day. Needless to say, I was not convinced. My snowboarding career had ended when I was 15 after wiping out all the way down the mountain so my previous experience on a board—surf or otherwise—wasn’t giving me much hope. So naturally I was the first person the instructors decided to GoPro video for the end of camp movie. We had paddled out and I was avoiding my first wave like the plague when they sprung the news on me and had me in position to catch a wave within the minute. Without any time to panic and bail off my board, the wave was hitting my feet, I was paddling 1-2-3 times, and standing up in seconds. 11393014_10152886356791931_6092057879390190531_n Don’t get me wrong, I managed to nose dive plenty of times that day but the feeling of catching that very first wave—no matter how small it ended up being—had me thinking of heading back out to the water for the rest of the trip. The thought of putting on a damp wetsuit in 55 degree weather wasn’t as daunting when I couldn’t wait to get back out to the waves. For the rest of the afternoon I jumped at the chance to ride every wave that came my way. This of course resulted in me deciding my skills were much more developed than they were and wiping out spectacularly after a particularly large wave, but I couldn’t have cared less and was the last person out of the water that afternoon. It’s easy to see how people end up on the legendary journey to finding the perfect wave for the rest of their lives. I only have seven weeks to find my perfect wave, and chances are my surfing career will begin and end with the little waves I rode to shore on Seven Mile Beach this summer. But if I end up back in landlocked Kansas for the remainder of my life, I can rest easy knowing my perfect wave was the one that I thought would never happen on my first weekend at Surf Camp.11329778_10152874864121931_6893439358920952187_n -Madison Silvers

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"What a week! Who knew I'd like a water sport!? Surf Camp has been amazing and I made some great friends while I was there. Ramos, Beck and I teamed up and hit the front of the coach on the way there. Got the conversation going with a few of the others and made a few more friends before we got down to Seven Mile Beach, which is about two hours south of Sydney. When we arrived one of the instructors, Jord, gave us a run down of the week, the rules and what to expect. He tells us by Wednesday night we'll all be so tired we'll barely be able to lift a glass. We've jumped into a dorm with a few of the people we were talking to on the bus so there's no awkward first meetings while we are all getting ready for bed which is ace. There's a big group of people though, around 60, so it's a good mix of people from across the globe. Lesson one we covered the basics, getting on the board and pushing up into a push-up position. Nailed a couple of waves back to shore doing that. Our second lesson taught us how to get to our knees and things started to get a little more tricky balance wise. It s tiring, especially carrying the boards around and getting back out into the water, but it's exhilarating when you catch a wave! During lesson three we were finally taught how to pop up and try to stand. Here's where things get difficult. You have to be roughly central on the board, maybe slightly towards the back and getting your back foot up under you so you can push up and stand smoothly is difficult when you aren't very bendy! Or have a bit of a gut.... But, I still managed to nail one wave! What a rush! Granted I only stayed stood up for a few seconds, but man I was pleased!! After that it was just practise, practise, practise! I did start getting better at standing up but I fell off loads... And then, on Thursday, we did what you can only do in Australia for Christmas Day. Spend it on the beach! We had fantastic weather for the morning and we built a Sandman in place of a Snowman. It rained during the afternoon but we had a proper Christmas dinner washed down with goon and beers. Not everyone surfed the next morning unsurprisingly. I got up and get it one last bash, it really is an excellent hang over cure. Although, I was tired beyond belief when we got back to Sydney. But, this time I'm staying with Beau and don't have to worry about noisy roommates! Just a bloody cat." december surf camp 3

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