You want to take a stroll on water as you experience the beauty of nature; then you will have to ride the ‘water bicycle’. That is what surfing is all about.
Surfing is a sport as well as a recreational activity which allows participants to stand in the water where man cannot as they time a breaking wave or current so that they can ride the wave and exit it safely when a wave loses power.
This means that the sport can be dangerous especially near shores or rocky places hence proper training and experience is critical when riding strong waves.
The activity also involves paddling because when a surfer spots a wave, he or she will have to paddle to where it is so that he/she could ride it. At times, surfers may be towed by boats to places where the waves are and left to surf. All in all, this is not an activity of the faint hearted. This is for the brave lions and lionesses who want to have real fun on the waters.
Any recreational activity on water, are all fantastic ways for you to lose some weight. I think everyone should try this at least once — or until you get the hang of it. Trust me, you’ll love it. Not only that, but your pounds can shed like crazy. Just you watch.
Previously the site was established by two paddler who were located in the middle of no-where (Thunder Bay ON) and being enthusiasts in paddling and surfing they went to great lengths to posting videos, content and links related to surfing and paddling activities about the major rivers surrounding their location.
Now this website has a bunch of cool stuff about surfing and paddling, so be sure to bookmark this site and visit it from time to time to have a glimpse of the stuff.
I had two loves in my life the sea and steak sandwiches. This was a love triangle that I needed to stop because the sandwiches were winning. I was getting fat or should I say I was a fat boy. I was always in shape so the weight I was putting on and had already gained was uncomfortable and I was not use to it and did not like it. I was always an athlete before the weight gain and I needed to get back in that shape.
The sea was the first love of my life. We have many memories together and like any wife that loves you dearly, she has tried to kill me on many occasions. She was almost successful on two occasions. I was always a good swimmer and at one point that was all I thought about on a daily basis. With the weight I had gained it was just too hard for me to swim for more than a foot without uncontrollably gasping for air.
It was time I get in shape and my new found infatuation with surfing was going to be my motivation. I wanted to learn how to surf and I would need to get in shape to ride the waves effectively. I lost my friend and it opened my eyes to breast cancer awareness. She wasn’t careful with her health and cancer was the end result. This helped me decide that I needed to start living healthier.
I started by simply jogging over the sands and slowly losing weight. It took a period of time to for me to trim down to the size I thought I would be capable of maneuvering myself more properly. I learnt quickly that learning how to surf I not as easy as you may think. I had to get back to jogging and exercise before I attempted to go on a surf board again. Simple exercise and a reorganization of my diet helped me to lose a hundred pounds in weight in only a couple of months. Sit-ups and pushups along with jogging was my route and although it may sound like something that could not possibly be done, this is the way it was.
I did not need to get skinny, just needed to lose enough weight so I could handle myself while learning to surf. When I was half way to my weight goal I had enough energy on a daily basis to do all the exercises and workouts related and needed for the surfing training. There are a lot of physical stresses associated with surfing. The time spent in the water alone is enough of a workout for anybody to lose weight.
Paddling was a workout especially through high and hard waves. The time spent paddling through the waves on the beach was time well spent. It helped me lose some of the weight that was bothering. It strengthened may arms and my legs that aided with standing on the board. When learning how to surf you have to learn how to paddle out to where the waves are best. This is the first thing you learn when learning how to surf.
Learning to stand on the board was the hardest part of learning to surf and it took me a while before I caught the feel for it. Lifting up my body to get on the board was something I could not do when I just decided to learn surfing. It was still a difficult thing to do because I still had unwanted fat on my body. I was determined to learn how to surf and if it meant losing a lot of weight that was what I had planned to do. After getting the handle of standing up on the board, the rest just fell in place.
The entire experience was very enjoyable for me and I not only learn how to surf but I also lost the weight that was a discomfort for me. I would like to tell anyone out there that has a few pounds they need to get rid of, if there is any physical activity that you are interested to learn you may want to consider it. It may be your way to kill two birds with one stone. You will learn a new skill while working on looking good and living healthier.