Why and How we Train for Bodysurfing in a Swimming Pool

Swimming play a big role into bodysurfing activities. If you don’t swim you don’t bodysurfing. But be a good swimmer didn’t change the fact that both bodyboarders and surfers are able to get on the wave well before bodysurfers. Able to better choose the entry position on the wave, by doing it with minimum drag, moving forward and going away from the foam while the wave lasts. 

On the other hand, it seems to prevail a kind of general rule, where bodysurfers should be swallowed by white foam and rarely get out of tubes. And maybe that's why they have to be satisfied with the waves not caught by surfers or bodyboarders. Like hyienas. 

Bodysurfers seems to deal with energy consumptions and drag during all phases of the catch a wave and surf it’s line (to mention  a few) by developing stronger kicks and strokes, and bigger lungs and muscles. Those aren’t the problem. Can be part of, but by training for fitness aims at solving a small part of the problem.

You can be stronger and have more endurance but if you to deal with drag and wasting of energy in counting only on developing stronger heart, lungs and muscles, you can only go deeper into the same mistakes.

If being strong and having too much breath was the answer, bodysurfers would be running away from the foam and accelerating after that, as does anyone on a surfboard.

If extra breath and strength are not enough, what is left?

A lot of things!

Strategy, tactics, technique and form.

As an essentially leisure activity, for the vast majority of bodysurfers it seems to prevail the common-sense beliefs, acquired on the basis of bodysurfer's daily experience in the so-called common knowledge, that is very useful in everyday life.

Bodysurfing sessions happen without strict planning or methods. What is known about bodysurfing is an unreflected, not examined, dispersed, disorganized set of beliefs (some constitute knowledge and some are not), and do not imply an organizational effort. Therefore, some of the beliefs may be contradictory.

It is understandable that this is so, because these are beliefs whose learning is informal: one learns as one goes about living and having experiences, one learns by seeing, hearing and imitating others.

Many are those who prefer that the bodysurfing keep this state of the art. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Something that reminds me of the Middle Ages, where to say that the earth was round 'was to commit a heresy.

Bodysurfing training in the pool is not a heresy! It is the rebirth of bodysurfing as a competitive sport. its about

that swimming and bodysurfing techniques used by bodysurfers it seems to have significant flaws.

The thing is that swimming has evolved a lot in the last century, but bodysurfing remains as an leisure activity for most.  And nothing wrong with it.
Bodysurfing training in the pool obviously does not replace a bodysurf session. Nor has this intention. But it may be physically so or more demanding. and emotionally so or more rewarding. It's not just about swimming as you do in regular swimming classes.

We are talking about training bodysurfing in the pool.

This is why LeblonFins is developing a specialized swim training program for bodysurfers, with the support of top professional swim coaches in one of the greatest sport clubs in Brazil, the Botafogo F. R.

If you live in Rio de Janeiro or come from a visit, we would love to have you join us. But you can take also advantage of this course no matter where you live, as we will be sharing our insights with you through our website and social media.

But why are we doing our training in a pool?

A controlled environment allows for better planning, easy-to-capture images (still and video) for performance analysis, no crowds or adverse weather, added safety and accessibility, and warm, clean water.

Training programs are fully customizable. For instance, we can measure the distance between the lineup and the beach, as well as swell height and period, and adjust the training program accordingly. You can then enter the surf confident in your physical conditioning. Because we practice the same movements that will be performed in the sea, but in a controlled environment, we eliminate neuromuscular interference and develop specific skills.

This training will allow you to to take your bodysurfing to the next level. There is no reason to content yourself with the leftover waves from surfers and body boarders—now you will have the skills to swim to the lineup and catch whatever waves you want.

You can also improve you style while riding waves, and stay out of the foam, like Mark Drewelow does in this picture. While most bodysurfing pictures show only the surfer’s head, upper body and arms, you can see here that Mark has mastered the art of boardless surfing.

So what should you work on in the pool?

 Swim training for bodysurfers is different than traditional swim training, for several reasons. We need specific skills, and we perform them in dynamic environment. There is much more to bodysurf training than just swimming from one side of the pool to the other.


How long and how fast can you swim underwater? At our facility, 50-meter apnea and intense apnea-handling series are incorporated into our training, helping you to develop extra breath for wipe-outs, or when you need to cross series of waves in a rough sea and get out to the lineup.


Unlike swimmers, bodysurfers can’t rely on the edge of the pool or starting blocks. Speeding up from inertia is much harder. That´s why a part of your swimming training should be dedicated to perfecting entries into waves that help you develop “momentum.” Setting yourself up for a perfect start is not easy, but practice will help you improve your technique and speed dramatically..

A 'no splash' stroke is the secret to maintaining momentum during entry. It is essential to achieve the correct streamline position through the water in order to minimize frontal drag. Repetition and focus is the key! A dolphin kick at a perfect depth in the water is also important.

Keep in mind that this technique is not a regular crawl style. Its purpose is to also simulate the transfer from your back side to front side during entry.

Core Strength

Core strength is crucial for the overall performance and speed of bodysurfers and swimmers, but is often neglected in workouts. Daily dry drills will improve your undulatory displacement.

Why Use LeblonFins?

LEBLONFINS provide much more thrust than other rubber swim fins, allowing bodysurfers to achieve astonishingly fast speeds from an initial standstill. LeblonFins responds explosively with each kick, while other rubber fins bend and heat up, losing their propulsion capacity.

More impresssions from our training:

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