Lockdown 3, worst sequel ever, right? But if you’re anything like the Boards360 team, you've already been out there, or you're relishing the idea of getting back out there and hitting up your favourite spots.
Winter is tough enough anyway, but with lockdown as well it’s fair to say many of us haven’t ridden in a while. So, before you head back out, check out our top tips to help you prepare for your return to board riding:
#1 USE IT OUR LOSE IT
Our bodies get used to the punishment we dish out to them, but with lockdown we’ve all been doing less. Doing some workouts to get you body board-ready is a good idea.
There’s tonnes of videos out there, but here’s a few that caught our eye:
1. For Surfers: The Surfers Body - takes a while to get going but stick with it. Some good yoga-like exercises to help you build the muscle strength you need to stay in the surf longer.
2. For SUPers: 20 Best SUP Exercises - great exercises aimed to work muscles and aid mobility for SUP riders. Beginner to advanced moves, so there’s something for everyone. Some equipment required.
#2 CHECK YOUR GEAR
Before you head out to your favourite spot, give your gear the once over. Damaged or worn gear can lead to accidents and injury.
- Skaters should check truck tightness, bearings for stiffness and wheels for flat spots.
- SUPs should check paddles and leashes for damage. Make sure your board is inflated to the between 15-22 PSI so that it remains stiff and stable.
- Surfers should check board for damage, wax levels and leash for wear and tear. – and hey, if you need replacements you know where to come.
#3 WARM UP
Whether you’re 15 or 55, fully ripped or popping out of your shirt, it’s a good idea to warm up before a session. If you haven’t been working out it’s surprising how quickly we lose muscle tone, strength and suppleness.
Going hard without warming up is a sure fire way to get injured – and haven’t we been away from the boards too long already? Whether you’re a surfer, SUP boarder or skater, carry out some simple warm up exercises for 5-10 mins, here's a link to a simple set, it will help you enjoy your board riding more, and minimise your risk of injury.
Ready? Let’s go!
Happy riding from JB and the rest of the Boards360 team.