Surf’s up: The new waterless surfing trend


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surf set fitnessLooking to shake up your workout routine this spring? Waterless surfing is the latest way to build a surfer’s long and lean body, minus the sunburn. SurfSET Fitness uses a special surfboard that mimics the real deal so that surfers can duck-dive, pop up and ride through “waves” to build muscle tone, flexibility and core strength.


What to expect

Each “surfer” uses an unbalanced surfboard that rests on top of three air-blown balance discs with resistance pulls, giving the feel of riding and paddling on top of waves. Founders of this surfboard workout strive to “draw from the real movements of surfing to create workouts that build balance, core strength, stability, agility, aerobic conditioning, power, lean muscle and coordination.”

Don’t fret if you’re balance-challenged. The board offers slip resistance so surfers can tilt, squat, paddle and dive without fear of becoming shark bait.


Is it right for you?

Creators guarantee that anyone can try the waterless surfing workout, even if they have never surfed before. Sarah, co-founder of SurfSET Fitness, notes, “We had somebody who was 72 years old, and his balance was really struggling. … After six classes, he was able to do fine.” However, people who are pregnant or have an injury should consult a doctor first.


Surf's up (minus the board)

Complete a surf-training warmup without the board or expense. Below are three basic moves to get you started.

Breathing squats: Exhale into the squat, and inhale moving your hands towards the sky as you come up. Repeat.

T-rotation pushups: In pushup position, move to balance on one hand by rotating your body up on one side and pointing your free hand toward the sky. Repeat on the other side.

Warrior lunge: Starting with both feet parallel to one another, move the left foot back into lunge position while pointing the hands to the sky. Repeat on the other side.

Prospective surfers can buy a board online, or find a class in their area.