On the 12th October 2013, Stoked School of Surf teamed up with The Studio Group to put together an innovative 'Surfilates' workshop which was run on Muizenberg beach. Pilates instructors Claire and Nicole, each took a group through some surf specific Pilates movements on the beach.
The group was then divided into beginner and intermediate surfers and taken through a surf lesson where the groups were shown how the exercises they had just done in the Pilates class translated to their surfing movements.
It was a fun Saturday morning out and the feedback we had was so good that we have decided to put together some 'Surfilates' packages. These 4- week packages would include a combination of 1-2 Pilates classes and a surf lesson weekly for weeks 1-3. In the fourth week, the Pilates and surfing will be combined as one continuous 'Surfilates' workshop on the beach. By students strengthening their core and working on their balance during their Pilates classes, we are hoping that this will translate to their surfing by improving paddling endurance, speedier 'pop ups', improved balance on the board, quicker responses to changes in direction on a wave and faster recovery after a surf session.
In my own experience I have found that Pilates is the best way to build 'core' muscle strength and flexibility for the specialized group of deep abdominals that so often get neglected in most exercise regimes. Having suffered from back pain for years, resulting in me not being able to surf for months at a time, Pilates has been the only form of exercise that has helped me. After three months of going to Pilates three times a week I went on a surf trip to Indonesia and was able to surf for hours on end with no pain. Pilates has also helped improve my surfing through better balance and flexibility. It is for this reason I feel so strongly about recommending a combination of both the Pilates and surfing for better performance and enjoyment of one of the best ways to spend a few hours in the ocean.
SURF LESSONS - GROUP & PRIVATE
In the need for some Vitamin D, a healthy dose of Vitamin Sea after being locked down for so long? Bring your Lockdown Lover, your sister, your brother, your Houseparty Mates or your Zoom Date and experience the 'stoke' of surfing with us.
A 1.5 hour lesson includes the use of all equipment and instruction from a qualified surf coach. Our surf school is mobile getting you to the beach with the best conditions on the day. Typically, during winter we operate at Muizenberg and during summer we operate in Big Bay. If you form your own private group of family and friends (recommended at this time), you may let us know your beach preference at the time of booking. For our regular group lessons, we will join you up with others we have surfing that day (we require a minimum of 4 persons to operate a group lesson). Once beaches are open and we are able to operate again, lessons will take place with a strict COVID-19 safety plan in place to ensure the safety of participants and staff.
- 1.5 hours of coaching from an SSA qualified surf coach with current First Aid and CPR certification
- use of a clean, sanitized wetsuit
- use of a sanitized surfboard and leash
- 100% guaranteed 'STOKE'
GROUP LESSONS R350pp
For this option, we will group you with others we have booked-min of 4 pax required to run a group lesson
Form your own group of family and friends and share the STOKE with those closest to you.
2 Person Private: R450pp
3 Person Private: R400pp
4-6 Person Private: R350pp