Hi, I’m Serena Zoia, I’m an Italian windsurfer living in Tarifa and competing in the PWA World Tour and I’ve always been practicing many other sports all along my life.
In these section of the magazine I’ll be giving tips on how to train correctly for windsurfing in order to avoid the most common injuries and make the most out of the -always too short- time we have to enjoy on the water.
I feel lucky I have the chance to train with an expert in watersports like Sylvain Moreau, that has been training elite sport people for many years. And I’m willing to share my experience with you.
I know many people that are not preparing specifically for windsurfing, or they are practicing other sports like ski, tennis, running etc to “keep in shape” thinking that that is enough. But the muscle groups used in windsurfing are very specific and need to be trained correctly.
Another reason that tends to make us think it’s not necessary a specific training is that it’s a watersport. The surface of the water is more gentle than for instance the slope of a mountain, and that’s true if you just want to cruise around a little bit in light winds. But if you want to progress, learn something new (that being the jibe or a double forward loop..) first you have to get your body prepared to do so.
It’s good to plan your training season in advance, according to when you are going to practice windsurfing. For example if you know that you want to be prepared for a trip, a contest or simply all along the year.
In my case, my season normally starts in July every year in the Canaries (this year started earlier with the unexpected PWA event in Morocco), so I normally start to train gradually from February and keep going all along the year. I can say my training is formed by two parts: specific training on the water on one side and the gym on the other. The specific training schedule is variable according to the whether conditions while the gym is normally 2-3 times a week, and can be combined with a biking/surfing/running/yoga session sometimes.
In the next issues I’ll be focussing on the gym part.
Our goal is to get you prepared for windsurfing with some tips, some exercises and few tools that you can use to build a small gym at home or wherever you want.
I can identify three main pillars that should be part of the training at the gym: strength, balance+stability and stretching. The three of them will be analyzed in the next issues.
So stay tuned and be ready to start your training to take your windsurfing to the next level!