Have you ever had that great day on the beach with the sun shining and you look around at some of your buddies around the beach and everyone is enjoying themselves and it is evident that life is good living the beach life. Sometimes I look closer and I always seem to notice some of the guys or girls that seem to have that extra energy and they seem to be the ones that have that quality of persistence. Nothing replaces this quality and no matter the talent level the ones that have it are just special. Some people just find the time to get on the water and I know this is tough for many. It certainly takes some planning to create a lifestyle that allows oneself to be able to get on the water consistently. Being able to do multiple ocean sports will make it easy to blend in different sports throughout your day whether it is in the morning or afternoon. Any type of exercise takes persistence and that day in and day out hustle to improve your fitness levels will pay off. Being able to get fit in the ocean is the same as going to the gym or taking that run on a daily basis. Each waterman or woman must set goals , get started , and stay focused.
Setting goals is very important to know where you want to go as a waterman or ocean athlete. The most important thing to remember is that you want to be able to blend these goals in your lifestyle and always think about the long haul. You may just want to be a great surfer and have the conditions in your backyard that are consistent enough and you can diversify by riding a shortboard and then a longboard. You may live in an area where the surf is very inconsistent so I would recommend mixing in paddle boarding of kite surfing with your surfing . Paddle boarding will improve your surfing in so many ways like turning , setting trim , and is so much fun in marginal conditions. This is an incredible foundation for Ocean Fitness. This way you can always usually find a spot that will allow you to get your work out in no matter what the conditions. No matter what ocean sports you choose you must just keep moving forward in your approach . Don’t give up if you are struggling with one of these sports as they all have a learning curve. One ocean sport will help you improve in another ocean sport that is for sure.
The day you start is the day you become an ocean athlete. The day you start to diversify is the day you will become a waterman. Do not put so much importance on how good you are , but rather just keep working persistently and you will certainly start seeing results both in your skill level and in your body. That is what is so great about being an Ocean athlete and just feeling those small steps add up over time. Work on your techniques as well as you progress and that way you will have a good foundation to expand on. Learning to surf in poor conditions is so difficult and such a long process , but if you continue to paddle out it will eventually click. One day you will look back at all those days that you struggled and be so happy that you stuck it out. The rewards are immeasurable. We all know the lifestyle is as good as it gets.
Becoming a good ocean athlete is not easy and certainly will not happen over night. Maintain focus and motivation as you grow into a proficient waterman or woman. Not only does it take time it takes money. You must be creative to learn one sport much less multiple sports. Remember to use what you have in the time that you have and keep taking forward steps. If you start with one surf board , surf when you have waves , prone that board if it is flat and possible swim to mix it up. You have just created three activities with one board. I realize that other forms of fitness are great and can certainly be mixed into your ocean activities , but remember I am writing about being an all around ocean athlete. Find inspiration wherever you can find it. Read about proven ocean athletes like Laird Hamilton or Dave Kalama. Or ocean athletes that have overcome great adversity like Bethany Hamilton. One thing for sure if you are persistent you will be able to hang 5, do kiteloops, catch bumps on a downwind run and you will always have that next challenge. Being a good ocean athlete and being persistent usually go hand in hand.