18 Jun Snowboarding and Surfing – Does one help the other?
Surfing is also just another board sport – or?
Unlike snowboarding or skateboarding, you can’t get on the board from a safe position and just go for it. Until you catch that first wave that gives you a ride, a lot more has to happen! The conditions have to be right, you have to fight your way through the white water rollers out into the line-up, choose the right wave, paddle to the peak and stand the take-off.
That is why first surfing attempts even for board sports enthusiasts as a rule rather sobering from. Especially when you think you have an advantage because of your snowboarding (or skating or wakeboarding) skills, it’s easy to downplay or even completely ignore the special demands of surfing. And so you quickly look reasonably stupid out of the laundry when the first wash hits you, or – even simpler – when, lying wobbly on the plank, you just can’t find a controlled way into the line-up.
But of course there are also some similarities between the different board sports, which can speed up the learning process once it is underway. In the following we therefore want to look at the individual points of view of surfing and snowboarding take a closer look.
Basics – the basic position
Let’s start with some good news: one of the biggest benefits of playing multiple board sports is the fact that you can already get used to the Basic position is used to. Anyone who has switched from skis to a snowboard without the appropriate experience knows the force of the so counterintuitive feeling of moving sideways. The body has to get used to the new position and the direction of the board and often punishes you at the beginning with wrong movement impulses, which are supposed to correct the supposedly "wrong" form of locomotion. After all, your brain has been used to moving "toe-to-toe" your entire life.
Snowboarding has the advantage that you are directly locked into the new position. After a few crash landings your body will give up the resistance by itself and get used to the sideways ride. On the surfboard, on the other hand, you have to get into the basic position under your own power, and at the same time the time window for any trial attempts is much shorter. Surfing beginners who have never done a board sport before will of course find this more challenging than experienced snowboarders.
Water vs. Snow
Point two concerns the element you are moving in. Although snow is basically nothing more than frozen water. However, the respective characteristics differ considerably.
It can’t be stressed enough: Water (especially seawater in waves) is in motion! And: water has enormous forces, which you are exposed to when surfing!
So while you can trudge soulfully through the snow or take a breather on your wet backside at any time while snowboarding, you’ll have to be constantly aware of the sea surrounding you while surfing:
- Do you stay in the impact zone?
- How much power has the white water?
- Are there dangerous currents?
- In which frequency and size do the sets run in?
- Is the wind onshore or offshore? Are the waves steep or flat?
- Where the wave begins to break?
- Where to position yourself?
The sheer Overload of influencing factors makes surfing a highly complex affair. In addition to all sporting aspects (strength, endurance, coordination), the right view, the understanding of the vagaries of the ocean, therefore plays a – if not THE – decisive role!
Balance and coordination skills
- Yes, for both sports balance and coordination are needed.
- Yes, you stand in a comparable position, you ride tight and wide turns.
- Yes, you can influence the direction and speed of the ski by shifting your body’s center of gravity.
And yet many things are different. This starts with the simple fact that when surfing, the first thing you do is lie on your stomach on the board catapult right position must be. Of course, this requires a special level of coordination skills, especially since the movement takes place on shaky ground in moving masses of water. It is much more difficult to take and keep a safe stance when surfing. In addition each possible error is punished with the end of the sliding journey, which you fought so hard for yourselves.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that the balance you develop while snowboarding won’t help you at all. You can also practice initiating turns with your upper body. Nevertheless, the demands of surfing skyrocket! On the other hand, this also means that any kind of preparation that improves your balance will help you to cut a good figure when surfing. Try for example slacklining or an indo-board!
Strength, endurance and stress on muscle groups
At Snowboarding especially at the beginning you will need Calf and thigh and hip muscles claims. By digging the sharp rails into the snow and applying pressure, you train the entire lower body, which has to work against this resistance. Later, with more persistent rides and advanced maneuvers also comes the Trunk muscles add.
If you start with the Surfing At the beginning, when you start, you’ll mainly be stressing your muscles Shoulder, chest and back muscles notice. This is because you first have to get used to all the paddling as well as balancing your body’s center of gravity on the board. The more time you spend surfing a wave, the more strain you put on your legs.
Basically, in both sports, it comes down to a good whole body muscles at. Due to the various movement sequences and the permanent balancing of the body’s center of gravity, especially the so called "surfing" is very important Deep muscles asked. So, stubbornly pumping up individual muscle strands at the gym won’t really get you anywhere in snowboarding or surfing – on the contrary, huge, one-sided muscles can actually limit mobility and won’t help you maintain your balance.
So advanced snowboarders and surfers benefit from training for each other’s sports. However, if you want to move on to browsing, you should additionally work on your lower Back and shoulder muscles work!
Conclusion – Yes, but…
If you have already gained experience with other board sports before your first surfing attempts, you can clearly profit from it. However, you should not make the mistake of relying too much on the skills you already have.
Especially at the very beginning, when it comes to the behavior in the water, the board control and the selection of suitable waves, your skills do not really help you. But once you can paddle waves on your own and confidently master the take-off, you’ll clearly feel the benefits of your prior experience. The first turns are easier for you, you learn more intuitively, the muscles burn less penetratingly the following day.
In addition, you bring so quite obviously already ONE important prerequisite: The love of board sports!