CSUSM looks at recreational surfing as viable form of fitness

Nice to have studies to back this up, but anecdotally, my brother was chubby until he started surfing about 40 years ago.

IE Grapevine

Surfing as a sport has seen a rapid growth in popularity since the 1960s. On any given day along San Diego County’s 70 miles of coastline, thousands of surfers may be spotted in the ocean, riding waves or patiently waiting for their next ride.

A research participant simulates paddling on a swim bench modified with a surfboard. Undergraduate students at California State University San Marcos are studying the benefits of recreational surfing as a form of exercise (courtesy photo). A research participant simulates paddling on a swim bench modified with a surfboard. Undergraduate students at California State University San Marcos are studying the benefits of recreational surfing as a form of exercise (courtesy photo).

While most would agree that they surf for the pure enjoyment of catching waves, a new study at California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) seeks to further substantiate the sport of surfing as a dynamic physical workout.

“Studies have been recently conducted with professional surfers in competition but there is limited research on the average person who surfs recreationally,” said Sean Newcomer, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology. “This study gives us an…

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