SURF & YOGA – PART 2

Surf Yoga: Down dog (Adho Mukha Shvanasana)

Go to the quadruped. The hands must be in line with the shoulders and the knees are hip-width apart. Put on your toes and push yourself up from your hands. You lift your hips and stretch your knees and butt upwards. Try to keep pushing your heels towards the floor. Stretch your back, lift your tailbone toward the ceiling and bring your shoulders away from your ears. Try to relax the head and neck. Hold this position several breaths and come back to the quadruped.

  • Stretches the whole body

  • Strengthens the wrists, arms and legs

Surf Yoga: The cobra (Bhujangasana)

Lie down on your stomach and put your forehead on the floor. Legs are stretched and feet are on the back of the feet. The hands are next to the head. Press the pubic bone into the floor, tense the thighs and activate the pelvic musculature. In inhalation, lift the upper body. Just stretch your arms so far that the pelvis is still on the ground. Hold this position for several breaths and then release your upper body while exhaling.

  • Strengthens leg and back muscles

  • Strengthens shoulders and arms

  • Opens the chest area

  • Strengthens courage and self-confidence

Surf Yoga: The boat (Paripurna Navasana)

Start sitting with your legs bent. Lift your feet off the floor. Put your hands in your knee throats and lift your back up from the tailbone. If you have a good sense of balance, then stretch your arms straight forward with your palms in and fingers outstretched. Drag the navel to the spine. Hold this position for three to five breaths and then stretch your legs straight out again.

  • Strengthens the abdominal muscles

  • Strengthens the lumbar spine

  • Promotes concentration

Surf Yoga: The rotated triangle (Parivritta Trikonasana)

Stand upright and straddle the legs. Turn the right foot outwards and the left slightly inwards. The pelvis points to the front. Extend your arms and turn with your entire upper body to the right. As you exhale, bend down and touch the ground to the right of your foot with your left hand, or if you do not get that far then place your hand on the lower leg. Turn your head and look in the right palm. Take a few deep breaths in and out and come in breathing back up. With it tighten the leg and pomaculature.

  • Stretches the entire hull

  • Stretches both shoulders and arms

  • Stretches and strengthens the hip joints

  • Improves the stability

Surf Yoga: The warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)

The legs remain straddled and straighten up the back and neck. Turn the right foot 90 degrees outwards and the left 45 degrees inwards. Both feet must be in line. Now rotate the pelvis and upper body to the right, while keeping the left leg straight and the left foot firmly pushes into the ground. Now angle the right leg until the knee is over the foot. Extend the arms at shoulder height to the right and left parallel to the ground. The upper body remains upright and the view goes forward to the right hand over the fingertips into the distance. Hold the tension for several breaths, release with the exhale and then switch sides.

  • Strengthens the foot and leg muscles

  • Strengthens the trunk and shoulder area

  • Activates the whole body

Surf Yoga: The eagle (Garudasana)

Stand straight and bend your elbows. Bring the right over the left elbow and palms together so that you feel an extension in the shoulders and upper arms. Shift your weight to the left leg and gently wink at it. Bring the right leg around in front of the left leg and catch the right foot on the left calf. Press both legs firmly against each other and bend as far as possible the left knee. The upper body points forward, elbows at shoulder height and looking forward. Hold the position for a few breaths and then dissolve. Shake your arms short and then change the side.

  • Strengthens foot, leg and pelvic floor muscles

  • Stretches and strengthens the shoulder girdle and upper arms

  • Strengthens the sense of balance and concentration

Surf Yoga: Balancing stick pose (Tuladandasana)

Start in the mountain posture (Tadasana). Raise both arms up beside the ears and put your hands together. As you breathe in, bring yourself in the horizontal position and shift your weight to your right leg. Stretch your left leg horizontally backwards. The right remains stretched on the ground. Stay in this position for three to five breaths, then lower the leg and switch.

  • Strengthens the foot and leg muscles

  • Stretches the spine, neck and shoulder muscles

  • Improves the balance

Surf Yoga: The grasshopper (Shalabhasana)

Lie on your stomach and arms stretched next to your body. The palms face up and the legs are closed. Put your forehead on the floor. Activate the pelvic floor as you inhale and lift your right leg up. The hip stays straight. Stay in that posture for a few breaths and repeat with your left leg. Then lift the head, upper body, arms and legs off the floor at the same time, remaining a few breaths in that position.

  • Strengthens the lower back, abdominal and pelvic muscles

Surf Yoga: The crocodile (Nakrasana)

Lie with your legs straight on your back and spread your arms. The palms face up. Winkle the right leg and place the right foot on the left knee. When exhaling bring the knee and the hip to the left and turn the head to the right. Stay in this position for several breaths. It is important that the shoulders remain on the ground. To strengthen the stretch, you can push with your left hand your right knee further towards the ground. Then come in the middle and change the leg.

  • Stretches the whole back
  • Strengthens shoulder and hip joints

Surf Yoga: Corpse pose (Shavasana)

Stay on your back and make the neck long. Lay your arms loosely next to the body with the palms upwards. The legs are open and the feet are loosely outward. Take a deep breath, concentrate on your breathing and let go of everything. Relax every part of your body; from head to toe. At the end of the exercise stretch extensively and sit slowly over the side up again.

  • Relax the whole body
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Activates the immune system

 

Finally, let’s summarize which positive effects these 10 surf – yoga exercises have on surfing:

1. You get more power while paddling as well as more power and liveliness for the take-off. The wrists, arms, shoulders as well as the back are strengthened.

2. The stability and the balance will be improved and you will fall less of the board. The foot and leg muscles are strengthened.

3. The hip is more flexible and you are better prepared for turns. The abdominal and pelvic muscles are strengthened.

4. They prevent tension and muscle strain. The whole body is stretched.

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SURF & YOGA – PART 1

How can yoga help us with surfing?

Primarily, yoga works on the physical level to improve your strength, flexibility, endurance, balance and coordination. That means you can surf longer, with more energy and endurance. Yoga improves both your surf technique and your respiratory control.

But yoga also works on an emotional and mental level to help you stay calm and relaxed, even in the most difficult situations where we usually get nervous, such as when a big wave breaks on our heads. You learn to concentrate to be more attentive and to understand what each wave requires of you when you surf it.

Surf + Yoga = The perfect combination

Here is a short excerpt from an interview with our yoga teacher Ana. Ana is an officially trained yoga teacher and has years of experience teaching yoga. Her travels to India and Australia allows her to learn new asanas and to expand her yoga. We are fortunate that Ana belongs to our team.

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  • Why is yoga so popular with surfers?

I believe that this is undoubtedly due to the benefits yoga brings to surfing,

  • What relationship do you see between yoga and surfing?

    In both disciplines, balance plays a very important role and the feeling of relaxation that you have both after surfing and after yoga. Both help you switch off!

  • What does yoga contribute to surfing?

    I think there are few activities that complement each other as well as surfing and yoga. There are different modalities in yoga. On the one hand, there are the static ones that help you correct your posture and improve your breathing technique. On the other hand, there are the dynamic ones like the “Hatha Vinyasa” that I think contribute the most to surfing. This is a modality in which yoga is more fluid and different postures are integrated into a sequence called sun salutation. You move from one position to another very quickly, which makes it a very intense exercise. This type of yoga gives you a lot of balance, flexibility and agility. These are postures where it is difficult to balance. For me, this is the kind of yoga that brings you the most when you stand on your surfboard. The exercises will help you in all aspects: doing the take – off, avoid getting strained while paddling, knowing your center of gravity, correcting your position and much, much more ….

Yoga keeps you fit and well prepared for your next surf vacation !!!

10 surf yoga exercises for your surf trip!

The following 10 exercises should help you to build up the necessary strength in your shoulders, back and legs, to strengthen the middle of your body and to make the hips more flexible.

They are a good preparation for your next surf holidays. Also during the surfing trip it makes sense to continue with the yoga. These exercises are a great complement to surfing. After a long day on the surfboard, it is important to stretch the muscles to prevent tension.

Learn to surf! Surf courses for beginners and advanced!

Learn how to surf on your surf vacation

Surfing is one of the most beautiful and coolest outdoor sports today. Unfortunately, learn surfing and finding the right surf course are not that easy!

On my surf trips and from stories of my surf guests, I’m always amazed how bad and above all useless many surf lessons are.

Our own surf courses always take place in reduced groups, so that we can respond to our students individually and recognize their weaknesses, to guarantee a quick learning success in a nice atmosphere.

IMPORTANT!! 1 surf instructor: Max. 7 surfers

I myself am a surf instructor, trained by the International Surfing Association (ISA) AND the Spanish surf federation – Surflevel 1, and have years of experience teaching surfing.

Surfen lernen. Surfkurs für Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene. Surfen in Galizien

The ideal surf course
The most important things for maximum success

  • Surf material: The right surfboard

A good and on you matched surf equipment is the basic requirement for a successful surf course. As a beginner, we always recommend a softboard. First, you protect yourself and other surfers from injury, and secondly, the sense of achievement is much greater, due to the buoyancy of a soft top.

Should you already be a little more advanced; you have your board under control, you can even recognize and paddle the wave on your own, your take – off is good and you’ve already surfed your first green waves, then you can easily switch to a hard surfboard.

If you are looking for your own surfboard; then have a look at:

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Our local shaper is happy to help you.

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  • Communication with your surf teacher

If you are not a complete beginner, then it is very important that your instructor knows what your current surfing level is. Tell him about your last surf course, what you already know, where your weaknesses are and what you would like to achieve in this course. Your surf instructor can work with you appropriately and you can continue at the surf level you left off.

If something is unclear, then ask. That’s why the surf instructor is there for; to help you!!.

  • Surf spot: The best conditions

The more you practice, the faster you learn. That’s why you should catch as many waves as possible, so that you can practice the individual steps of the surfing techniques as often as possible.

Especially Galicia, a region in northern Spain, offers ideal conditions for beginners as well as for advanced surfers. The wave consistency is very high from mid-May to the end of October and the numerous beach breaks with their almost empty lineups guarantee you a multitude of waves.

A good surf instructor always chooses the best alternative. Decisive criteria are: how many people are in the water, how strong the current is and how big and powerful the waves are.

One thing is to be said: surfing is an outdoor nature sport and even the best surf instructor has no influence on that.

Surfkurs in Galizien, Nordspanien. 1 Surflehrer : 6 Surfer. Verschiedene Levels und kleine Gruppen. Surfen lernen in den besten Wellen von Europa. Leer Surfspots an der unberührten Atlantikküste.

  • Surf theory

    The surf theory is an important part of the surf lessons. From the proper handling of the surf material, how waves are created and the effects of high and low tide, to the rules of behavior and priority in the water, are fundamental issues of any good surf course.

An absolute must is the topic of safety and currents. Follow the instructions of the surf teacher and try to be attentive yourself, so that sooner or later you can surf on your own.

  • Surf lessons: useful and step by step

After a full body warm-up, and BEVOR you go into the water, the surf instructor will explain you on what you have to pay attention and what you should do. It is important that the individual surfing techniques, such as the take – off, the turtle – role, the duck – dive, paddling at an angle, the turns, etc. … are explained meaningful and step by step, so that you understand everything well and can implement them later in the water.

Furthermore, your surf instructor should also deal with you individually, practice again the individual steps on the beach and correct you to avoid early mistakes.

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  • Feedback: Surf Photo Analytics

A good surf instructor does not have to and also can not see every wave of you. But he/ she should always be able to tell you what you are doing wrong and give tips on how to do it better.

One of the most effective learning methods in surfing is the photo analysis. The surf instructor will analyze each of your waves together with you: you can see yourself surfing while your surf instructor explains your mistakes. That makes it a lot easier for you to understand what and how you have to do it different.

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If you got interested now in surfing with me and my team in Galicia – Northern Spain, then have a look here and find out more:

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Surfen lernen im Surparadies von Europa. In Galizien im Surfhouse As Furnas. Surfurlaub mitSurfkurs und Yoga. Leer line ups und tolle Bedingungen.

 

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SURF HOUSE AND SURF CAMP

You can not stop thinking of sun, beach and sea? That sounds like you are ready for holidays! So come and visit us at Surf House As Furnas:

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Our Surf House offers you the opportunity for your dream holiday: in a well-kept and modern accommodation with a spacious garden, close to the beach. We always have nice, interesting and athletic guests, and offer you a select and home-cooked food with regional products. During the day you can surf on one of the surrounding beaches, do yoga in our garden, learn Spanish, and much more …

BUT WAIT! Why is it called Surf House and not Surf Camp? Where is the difference?

In the following text, we’ll show you five big differences between a Surf House and a Surf Camp, to understand what makes our Surf House special.
The key question is: What kind of surf holidays do YOU want? And what is important to YOU in your surf trip?

THE 5 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN
SURF HOUSE AND SURF CAMP

1. Personal attention

Surf Camps usually have a capacity of 40 or more people, while a Surf House has on average of only 10 to 20. While a Surf Camp specializes in a general and affordable surf experience, our Surf House places great emphasis on a higher standard in surf lessons and all additional services.

The surf lessons, for example, take place in smaller groups. This allows, professionally trained surf instructors to respond individually to their students, which has a significant impact on the learning success.

At Surf House As Furnas we have surf lessons for all levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced). We aspire to offer surf courses at a high level in small groups. An instructor teaches a group of a maximum of seven surf students. If you already have surf experience, let us know, as this is important information for us. We want to help you to pick up where you left off last time.

Our surf instructors are professionally qualified and have many years of experience in teaching. There are four hours of surf lessons per day, divided into two sessions. Our surf material is new. For our advanced surf guests we have both hardboards and longboards.
An additional option for surfing lessons is to analyze your technique using a photo analysis.

Also with the food, in a Surf House, you can pay more attention on the wishes and problems of each guest. Let us know if you are a vegetarian or a vegan, or do not tolerate certain ingredients or substances. The quality and versatility of the food in a Surf House is much higher than in a Surf Camp. This is partly because it makes a difference, of course, whether you cook for 60 or only for 12 people.

Surfing is exhausting and makes us hungry. That’s why at Surfhouse As Furnas we value a tasty, balanced and healthy diet. There is something for everyone at our breakfast buffet. Be it sweet or hearty. A rich breakfast gives you the necessary strength and energy for a long day full of surfing.

At dinner we are always keen to cook varied and creative. In addition to meat and poultry, fish and seafood, we also offer vegetarian and vegan, as well as gluten and lactose-free food. It is particularly important to us that the products are fresh and from the region.

The relationship between the guest and the staff in a Surf House is usually tighter and more familiar. It is easier to find a contact person. Good communication between the guest and the staff is very important to us!

2. Privacy

Most rooms in a Surf Camp are shared rooms, often with bunk beds, and the bathrooms usually need to be shared. In a Surf House there are mainly rooms with single or double beds and a private bathroom. This gives you more room for yourself and also a personal retreat whenever you want to rest for a while.

Our Surf House offers six double rooms; five rooms with one double bed and one room with two single beds. This gives us a capacity of a maximum of twelve guests. The rooms are spacious, each room has its own private bathroom and a small balcony with direct access to the garden.

3. Comfort

A Surf House has a high quality and technically mature equipment. The rooms are comfortable and the furnishing is pleasant and in a very good and new condition. The communal kitchen as well as the various lounges are fully equipped with modern electronic and technical equipment. We attach great importance to absolutely clean rooms and bathrooms, as well as clean and well-kept common areas. For us, these are the essential amenities of a Surf House.

Our comfortable beds are a requirement for an optimal recovery after an intensive day of surfing. A spacious and cozy living room with two large leather sofas, a spacious dining room overlooking the garden, a modern and well-equipped kitchen with large refrigerators, a laundry room and an extra bathroom are available to all guests for shared use. Throughout the house there is Wifi, DVDs, various books and tourist information about restaurants, surf beaches, attractions, etc. In the garden we have for some time now a private pool.

The common areas are cleaned every day and he rooms every second day. We change the towels on demand.

4. Fun and Relaxation

A Surf Camp is usually visited by younger people, who on the one hand just want to try out surfing, but on the other hand want to be entertained in the evening. Guests of a Surf Camp prefer a cheaper “all inclusive package”, to the comfort of a Surf House. Surf House guests, on the other hand, appreciate the quality of the accommodation, healthy and regional food and a professional surfing class that responds to individual needs. They are ready to pay more for quality. Recreation and interesting activities are at the top of their list.

Our guests are mainly between 25 and 40 years old. They value a good and balanced diet, enjoy doing sports and often chill out together with a glass of wine or beer in the evening.

As already mentioned in point 1, the maximum occupancy in a Surf Camp is much bigger than of a Surf House. In a Surf Camp, relatively more people are having the same space compared to a Surf House. You normally share the rooms, baths and common areas. A Surf House offers opportunities to retreat, relax and unwind – or to hang out with other guests in the various common areas.

The Surf house As Furnas has a floor space of 350m2 and a garden of almost 3.000m2. The spacious distribution, as well as the design of the garden offer each guest a lot of space. A sunbathing terrace in front, and a rather shady terrace behind the house are ideal places to spend a comfortably time in community.

The garden and its green space are perfect for playing football and volleyball. The pool area with sun loungers is perfect for sunbathing and relaxing. At the other end of the garden are some trees, where you can find cozy hammocks and a slackline. The trees provide soothing shade for our regular yoga classes.

5. Flexibility
Many Surf Camps mostly sell so-called “packages”, which include everything from accommodation, courses to airport transportation and boarding. The daily routine in a Surf Camp follows a tight schedule. Arrival and departure, the number of course hours and the evening program are usually given.

Organizing a smaller group is much easier. As a result, a Surf House is very adaptable and can respond individually to the needs of the guests. The guest has more flexibility and fewer obligations. In a Surf House you can usually book the individual courses and the number of days, as well as the dinner separately (and also spontaneously) to the accommodation. Often you can also sign up for individual courses on site.

In our Surf House we try to be as flexible as possible. We do not offer packages unless you want it. Our guests should do what they feel like doing. Arrival and departure days are variable.

You are welcome to book extra lessons on site, as well as change the level of the surf course. If you do not feel like doing a surf course and you prefer to try surfing on your own, you can also borrow the necessary surfing equipment and use our transport to the beach.

The yoga classes and the Spanish lessons can either be booked in advance of your trip, or you can spontaneously decide on the spot.

Depending on demand, our Hatha Vinyasa yoga class takes place once or twice a day in our beautiful and quiet “yoga studio” under the trees in the garden. Yoga is an ideal balance to surfing: the muscles are simultaneously stretched, relaxed and strengthened. The increased flexibility and body tension help you to improve your surfing. The yoga classes take place exclusively in small groups. Again, we care a lot about that our yoga teacher can respond to each course participant individually and take into account whose limitations. On request one can also book one-to-one lessons.

A good hour per day you have the opportunity to learn Spanish or improve your Spanish skills. The Spanish lessons should be especially fun and serve as a little change from the surf and yoga classes. The focus is on conversation. The language course is entirely based on the interests and the level of the students.

In addition to the aforementioned courses, we also offer a variety of massages (sports, relax and Thai massage), horseback riding and free bike rental.

As for the dinner, we usually ask around lunchtime, who would like to be cooked in the evening, and who has other plans. You are always welcome to use our high-quality equipped kitchen, or our barbecue areas.

A day at Surf house As Furnas

July 12, 2017 09:00 a.m.

Good morning!!

After a restful night; still a little bit tired after the many paddling yesterday, I drag myself down to the breakfast buffet. Bread, ham, cheese, tomatoes, avocados, eggs, jam, yoghurts, mueslies, fruit, juices, coffee and tea, … the selection is big. This is how a day starts off well: a delicious power breakfast on the terrace overlooking the sea and the first rays of sunshine on my back.

July 12, 2017 10:15 a.m.

Lets go to the beachLet’s go surfing !!

The swell forecast on Magicseaweed says 0.7m from the west, low wind and low tide at 2.00 p.m. The optimal conditions for the house spot. The surf equipment is already in the surf bus and after less than two minutes drive we arrived at the beach As Furnas.
I put on the wetsuit, grab the surfboard and walk to the sea, where the waves have already started to break.We are altogether ten in the surf course, as today Fabian and Elena want to try it themselves and have only rented the surf material.

Kathi, our surf instructor divides us into two groups: Celine, Andi, Lisa, Thomas, Anne and my girlfriend Steffie are in the beginner group and Patrick, Desiré, Jenny and I are in the advanced group. After the warm-up, my group is now going in the water while the others once again practice the take-off on the beach. Kathi explains how to get through the waves the easiest way and after we got washed a few times we all made it in the line up.

Now it’s time to pay attention, when a wave comes pddle fast and strong enough, do a clean take off and ride the wave nicely ….. if that was just that easy. Good that we have our surf teacher with us, who tells us what wave is good, in which direction we should go and gives us feedback afterwards.