There’s nothing better than pairing your morning coffee with some morning waves. Before you head into the water, take a few minutes to stretch it out and prepare your body to hang 10 with these 5 morning surf stretches! Hold each stretch for 5-10 seconds and do as many rounds as you like.
1) Upward Dog
Get into a plank position with your hands in line with your shoulders and core tight. Lower your knees to the ground then your chest, while keeping your elbows tucked into your sides. Slowly lift your chest upwards. Don’t forget to spread your fingers wide and smile!
2) Criss Cross
Sit with your legs straight in front of you. Cross your right leg over the left then touch your left elbow to the outside of your right knee. Remember to use your right arm to push into a position where your back is straight. Breathe into the twist and feel your core start to warm up! Switch legs.
3) Shoulder Stretch
Stand tall and bring your right arm behind your head. Grab your right elbow with your left hand and slightly pull towards your head while your right arm pushes downward towards the floor. Switch. Feels good right?
4) Heart Opener
You’re going to be doing a lot of paddling, so it’s important to stretch out your chest prior to. Interlock both hands behind your head then slowly push your chest out and shoulders back. Take a few deep breathes in this pose and feel awesome!
5) Touch Your Toes
Stand with your legs wide and bend forward while keeping your back and legs as straight as possible. Touch your right arm to the outside of your left foot. If you’re more advanced, you can raise your left arm to the sky in line with your right arm to really open your chest and stretch out your core (pretend there’s a long stick behind your head going from your right hand to your left).
Time to surf!
Thanks to the beautiful Valerie Boileau (@valboileau) and Barefoot Surf Travel for the photos and unforgettable surf trip in Nicaragua.
If you want learn more than just how to surf, but also how to read waves, get passed the break and to become an actual surfer, a week with Barefoot Surf Travel should be in your very near future!
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