You may do not want to be violently thrown out of the wave’ line,or even just slip and fall but it happens. A lot. Some falls arepowerful enough to break bones. In many cases, before you worry aboutthe sea bed, that can be as hard as concrete, you should worry about howto land on the water’ surface, that for an instant it will feel likeconcrete.

A well-controlled fall can avoidyou getting in serious troubles. But it seems that most people simplycount on luck. Luck that does not smile for everyone. Depending on thewaves speed, depth of the water, the way you hit the water surface, can be lost, or serious injuries may occur, even in small waves.

Oftenwipeout courses for big wave surfers are limited to breath techniques.But before you take any breath, you must be able to deal with the hugeimpact that precedes the hold-downs. Some people just pass out with ofthe blow on the water.

Breath enhancementtraining without the chaos, impact, pressure, speed and adrenaline ofunforeseen events that accompany a real wipeout, is just better thannothing.

Fall training is a very important part of bodysurfing training as a high-performance sport. At our facilities, the basics begin with judo break falls on the mat and video/whiteboard sessions. Only after mastering the basics, and acquiring a good imagery about the theme, it is possible to advance to the training of falls, in the acrobatic trampoline and the swimming pool from platforms. Note that we are not talking about acrobatic jumps, but about falls. Recreating the bodysurfing fall motor pattern has been challenging, very complex and engaging. Its biomechanics allowed countless variables.

Fall phases

There are many falls phases. The basics are, the suddenphase that happens in unforeseen and varied ways and is followed by the reactionphase or reaction time that can allow you (or not) to avoid a bad landing on the surface of the water and prevent serious injuries. The flightphase precedes the entry phases, that does not always even exist. The duration of the reaction time can been very short,

with the surfer immediately moving from the sudden phase to the underwater recovery phase, without hold-downs or flight phase.  It may require months of hard training and lots of discipline to improve your reaction time. Its impossible to master this knowledge in one weekend class, however been aware of what can be done, can help A LOT.

Still on wipe out training: the acquisition of sensory, motor and visual memories is fundamental and come as a result of practice, technique, tactics under the guidance of coaches experts on the subject. Often the price to be paid in case of negligence or insufficiency of expertise, is life itself.
It is not enough to be an excellent swimmer, or excellent surfer, or able to stay 10 minutes submerged in static or dynamic apnea with slow and rhythmic movements. None of this is enough to prepare you for the massive hold-down that occurs after violent falls.