To all aspiring surfers, tennis players, basketball stars, boarders, gymnasts or any other young athlete who wants to reach their full potential. Here are my suggestions when it comes to getting ready, and staying ready, for a comp.
- PRACTICE might not make perfect but it certainly makes you better and gives you the confidence you need to win. The events I’ve done the best at have always been the ones I’ve been the most prepared for. Whether I’m surfing my best or not, when I know I’ve worked harder then anyone else out there, it gives me a level of confidence that can not be replaced. As my favorite saying goes “the harder you work the luckier you get.”
- EAT clean. SLEEP well. I really can’t stress the importance of these two enough. Eating healthy and getting plenty of protein along with healthy fats (think avocado, coconut oil, olive oil) is so important when you are competing. You will have more energy, recover quicker, and feel more clear headed then you ever would on a junk food diet. The weeks leading up to an event I always try to get 9 hours of shut eye. Once the contest starts I try to get the same amount of sleep I had been getting the 2 weeks prior. Staying on the same sleep schedule allows my body to function at its best and not get thrown off when the contest starts and I have to wake up early.
- WARM UP before your heat. During a contest I’m always in the water by dawn. This ensures I’ll get some good waves and not have to deal with crazy crowds. Weather I’m surfing at 8am or 3pm I love to always get a good hour surf in first thing in the morning so I know I’m ready to go. Before a heat I’ll jump rope for 2 minutes, and do a short dynamic warm up to get my body going.
- MUSIC is amazing. Before every heat I visualize how I want to surf and listen to 3-5 songs that get me in the zone. This little ritual always gets me going!
- HYDRATE. I literally can not get enough water when I’m surfing all day and competing in tropical places. I always have my reusable water bottle by my side and am constantly sipping while checking the waves. I also love coconut water and try to drink it daily when I’m competing – it’s a great recovery drink for the body too.
Hope you find these tips helpful and good luck!