The #1 Best Exercise to Build Paddle Strength and Endurance

January 06, 2017

The #1 Best Exercise to Build Paddle Strength and Endurance

Small shoulder muscles are the stabilizers and assisting muscles to your larger muscles -- don't ignore them or you will eventually pay the price.

by Patty Soud on

As surfers we spend the vast majority of our “surf time” paddling. As much fun as each ride is, our paddle muscles (shoulders, back and arms) tend to take the brunt of the workload during each session. And, the “just one more wave” mentality tends to put extra burn on those already tired shoulder muscles.


In surfing, as with all sports, proper training is vital to maintaining a fit body that’s not only ready to surf, but is able to keep you surfing for many years to come. It’s important to remember that when training, building strength through compound exercises (pull-ups, low rows, squats, pushups, etc.) is great… BUT we can not forget to train the smaller muscles in our shoulders. It is these smaller muscles that provide much needed paddle endurance which allows you to last longer each session and paddle harder in short bursts to catch more waves.

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