Surfing is an extreme sport that requires high-level physical abilities and skills. The main requirement for participation in surfing is the ability to balance while standing on a surfboard with your feet spread apart. This challenge makes many people want to try something like putting a surfboard into a swimming pool or even just sitting down on a board floating on water.
But can we do it? And what would be the consequences if anything goes wrong? There’s no need to worry about these things – here some tips how you can get a surfboard into a pool without any problems.
Can you stand on a surfboard in a pool?
Yes you definitely can! You don’t have to be a professional surfer but you should know basic movements required to stand on a surfboard. If not, then take a course from local gym before trying it out yourself. It may seem easy when watching movies from “The Endless Summer” series, but actually performing such advanced movement takes time to master. First step is getting used to walking on the surface of a wave instead of ground. Here are some key points:
- Use both legs equally (don’t let one leg rest against the side)
- Keep your weight evenly distributed between legs
- Don’t lean forward too much
- Wriggling toes helps to keep balance
- Remember to look ahead rather than leaning back
Once you’re ready, start practicing. Make sure you wear long pants so there won’t be any surprises after removing them later. Also make sure you’re wearing thick socks because they will help protect your bare foot from sharp edges of the deck which could cut through thin sock material. Once you’ve mastered basic stance, move onto more complex moves like turning around and going backwards. Just remember to use both hands to hold the rail.
Proper Setup for Surfboarding in a Pool
If you decide to go straight to putting a surfboard in a pool, you’ll also need to prepare few other items needed for proper setup. In addition to protective gear mentioned above, make sure you bring following items as well:
- Lifejacket or swimsuit made specifically for swimming pools
- Pool noodles
- Dive mask (optional)
Now all that remains is setting everything up. Usually, lifejackets come with handles attached to either end of the jacket. These handles are usually equipped with rings, hooks or clips. To attach a surfboard, first place its fins under the bottom edge of the lifejacket. Then clip or tie the handle to one of these rings.
Next, lay down a piece of pool noodle across the top portion of the lifejacket where the fin sits. Place another pool noodle underneath the front corner of the surfboard, leaving enough room for the head area. Lay the foam pieces over the corners of the board until you reach the desired height. Now it’s time to secure the whole thing together using pool noodles. Simply bend each noodle lengthwise to form a cross, insert it into corresponding holes in the foam, and pull the free ends of each noodle towards outside of the pool.
Repeat this process along the entire perimeter so you won’t see any exposed parts of the board. After securing the tail, add two or three layers of pool noodles forming a solid base inside the pool to prevent the board from moving during your workout. Finally, fill the remaining space inside the pool with pool noodles again to ensure stability. Note that this part might require multiple attempts depending on size of the pool. When done correctly, you shouldn’t notice any gaps left anywhere. However, if your pool has a built-in diving panel, you’ll need to remove it once you finish laying everything out.
Can you put a surfboard in a pool by yourself?
Putting a surfboard in a pool doesn’t necessarily mean someone else needs to assist you. Of course, assistance is always welcome especially when dealing with larger boards or heavy weights. On the contrary, learning to ride a surfboard alone does present some unique challenges. For example, most beginners tend to sit down and fall off their boards immediately. This is due to lack of experience and training to stay balanced on a surfboard. So how exactly can you avoid falling off? As a beginner, you must familiarize yourself with different positions and learn how to maintain them throughout exercise. Some of the best options include:
Stand Up Paddle Board Technique – While standing upright, simply raise paddle blades upwards and simultaneously push body forwards. Your hips should remain parallel to the board and knees bent slightly to stabilize your upper torso.
Sitting Down Techniques – Sitting down allows you to concentrate solely on paddling and steering. Use only one hand to steer and control speed, while keeping the other hand available for maneuvering rope. Another option is placing your feet close together so you can easily kick your board in order to turn or change direction.
Tandem Surfing – Two riders facing each other with one rider holding the rope and the second one controlling the speed.
As soon as you feel comfortable starting with standup paddle boarding technique, try tandem riding next. Remember to focus on maintaining correct position and timing. All the techniques listed above require good amount of practice. Don’t rush and enjoy every moment of your workout.
Can you put a surfboard in a pool to burn calories?
Burning calories isn’t the only reason why you’d want to put a surfboard in a swimming pool. Exercising on a surfboard gives you full access to endless opportunities for fun activities and adventures. If you’re looking for ways to spice up your workouts, consider taking advantage of the fact that you already own a surfboard. Try searching online for ideas on how to incorporate exercise routine directly into your daily beach trip. Or maybe you’d prefer doing cardio exercises on the waves? That’s perfectly fine as well.
Either way, you can count on great results for improved health and fitness levels.