Thursday, June 18, 2009

Surf Stronger Blog Has Moved

Just a quick note to say we've moved our blog. If you have this space bookmarked, please update and point your browser over here,, for the best in surfing fitness, health, performance and more. We'll be posting a few really exciting blog entries in the coming days so keep your eye on the new blog.

Todd and the Surf Stronger Crew

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Built to Last

Here at Surf Stronger HQ we are fond of things that are built to last. It might be a bomber pair of 1960's RayBan Wayfarers, or a rusted out solid single speed cruiser. Or maybe it's a beat-down Japanese motors grambler that just won't quit. Or, it might even be a surfboard! Yes, a surf board that is built to last -- a rarity in this day and age.

Check out Todd's late 80s model Pearson Arrow thruster, for example. Shaped by the venerable and legendary Santa Cruz shaper, Ward Coffey, this was Todd's board when he was but a young worried lad. The board's been to Hawaii, Mexico, and all up and down the CA coast. Took it out today at one of SC's best beach breaks and guess what? It went really well! Even made it "whistle" on a few waves! This is a 21 year old board and it still goes great!

What is your favorite thing that is built to last?

Friday, June 5, 2009

Rising Surf Star, Owen Wright, Gets Cross Training for Surfing

In a recent interview, Owen Wright, who defeated 9x world champion, Kelly Slater this year, was asked if he's doing anything different this year to be surfing so off-the-charts. His answer?

"I've been doing a bit more training, strength-wise."

From the very best in the world, to the average Joe, cross training for surfing pays off.

Better fitness. Better surfing.

(Owen Wright, ripping.)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Fitness Anywhere with TRX

Lately we've been messing around quite a bit with the TRX Suspension trainer. It is a terrific training tool -- super effective and efficient, and travels really well. We've found it to be an invaluable tool in our training quiver.

In fact, look for something new from Surf Stronger and TRX in the coming weeks.

Here we have Todd rigging up the TRX to a lifeguard tower in Ventura, CA. It's that easy -- to set up at least -- it provides a tough workout!

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(Setting up TRX suspension trainer for a solid beach workout)

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Healthy Eats in San Francisco

We have a new favorite in the healthy eats department: Outerlands in San Francisco. Our good friend, and early Surf Stronger enthusiast, Molly Tuttle, recently introduced staffers to the joint. It sits five blocks from the sand in San Francisco's Sunset District, features super fresh, home made grinds, and is run by a groovy couple who obviously really care about quality food and service. My lunch consisted of a simple grilled cheese sandwich (made with their wonderful home made bread) and an organic green salad with pears and pine nuts that was out of this world. An ice cold Lagunitas Pale Ale complimented the meal and warmed my body and mind. Perhaps one of the best things about the place is just how good it feels to just sit there. Heaps of natural wood and driftwood make up the majority of the decor, and the large open windows let in the salty ocean air.

We recommend Outerlands after your next surf, or next hang in the Sunset.

According to their web site:

"Outerlands is a gathering place for sea goers who seek warmth, shelter, food, and fellowship. it is a retreat from the saltwater chill, or a place to hang your hat after a long day's frolic in the sun. it is a home for art and music, enjoyed with unique offerings of local, organic food and drink, changing with the bounty of the seasons. this is a space built by the community of sea dwellers on the sandy fringes of san francisco: a cozy haven nestled amidst the vast landscape of ocean beach."

(All photos, courtesy of Molly Tuttle.)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Gone Surfin'

There used to be a time -- way back when, before Surfline, before 976-SURF, when on a Sunday morning, you just went surfin'. Today was one of those days. Sure there was an inkling of a south in the water, but that didn't even really matter. We were looking to break out, share some waves, share some jokes ... just go surfin'. We loaded up the truck, put up the "Gone Surfin'" shingle in our minds, and beat it on up the 1. We found some interesting wildlife, new trails and shared some good stories and jokes between frigid springtime waves. Far from perfect waves, but the perfect little adventure for a Sunday morning.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Train, Surf, Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Part of our crew recently enjoyed a quick surf trip down to beautiful Nicaragua. While the surf was good, it wasn't pumping, per se. We surfed every day for eight straight days and got a good number of waves, but we also worked some great training into the trip. Before and in between surf sessions, training included, soft sand running (down and back along an unreal, desolate beach), TRX Suspension training, swimming and body surfing.

One marathon day looked something like this:

-Soft sand run to end of beach (15 minutes)
-Ten minute dirt trail hike to incredible peak / vista
-Soft sand run back (15 minutes)
-TRX power set
-Body surf sesh
-Two hour surf sesh
-Hammock sesh
-Hour and half evening surf sesh

Surfing and training in Nicaragua! Stoked. The only possible downside perhaps was that the evening Tonas went down a little too easy!

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Todd digging in.

Famous Nicaraguan off-shores!

Jason getting a little TRX workout in, and keeping an eye on the surf!

Pre-surf warm-up using the TRX.