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30th October 2008, 09:54 PM
I am a regional / national level surfer. I do slalom and formularacing. Last year I don't sail as much as I used to. Last weekend with a local race I had the biggest problems holding the boom with my hands. I have these problems espessially using longsleeve wetsuits and large diameter booms. Does anybody know if there is a good exersice for solving this problem? Do I need stronger mussles or longer mussles (stretching)?
Thanx, Rambo.

30th October 2008, 11:08 PM
a physiotherapist would recommend you do both. Do muscle training and before and after the excersizes you strech your muscles. I suggest you do hand and forearm excesizes to get the problem away. Your biceps/triceps get excesized enough just by training same as your ratator cuffs so i don't think you need worry about those.

hope this helps


30th October 2008, 11:47 PM
Thanx crazychemical,
What exersices do you suggest for hand and forearmtraining? Are ther some "to do at home" exercises? I think about a weight on a rope on a piece of a broken boom. Then turn the boompiece around till the weight is up. Other exercise; windsurfing without trapeze for half an hour? Any suggestions?

31st October 2008, 12:04 AM
First of all, go running. Cheapest and easiest way to keep basic fitness. You can do that whenever wherever. I would add some pullups if and where possible: forearms too, and mostly lats biceps and some deltoids, almost all you need when windsurfing apart from legs.
Of course more specific exercises will help a lot, but to me this is the basics. And of course, stretch every time you train.

31st October 2008, 12:37 AM

it has a lot of excersizes for different zones of forearm and wrist. remember to strech before and after: strech your arm and pull your fingers towards you. This streches nearly all forearm muscles. If you do it to both sides offcourse (fingers via upperside towards you and via the bottom side (ventral/dorsal sides if thats any indication for you).

31st October 2008, 07:10 AM
Wear a short sleeve suite with a 1mm long sleeve mid layer.
Your arms wont pump up and yuo wil lbe able to grab the boom

31st October 2008, 09:05 AM
An exercise windsurfers used to do before was to take a bit of wood and put a piece of string down to the floor and tie it around a brick, then just wind it up and then, wind it back down to the floor, do it for about 30- 40 mins and your fore arms will be feeling much stronger. ( if one brick isnt heavy enough use something heavier)

dan e
31st October 2008, 10:48 AM
Try the Kettle Bell exercises. You can see videos at U Tube.

31st October 2008, 09:48 PM
buy a different suit, had the same problem, found a decent suit, now no problems

31st October 2008, 11:52 PM
Most important yet most neglected muscle group: AB'S. A strong core takes a huge load off your arms. Do crunches, crunches, and more crunches.

Wrist curls both overhand and underhand grip really help strengthen the forearms.

1st November 2008, 08:13 AM
well glad you found the fix for your problem i too have issues with thick steamers impeding blood flow to the arms, as such avoid wearing it at almost all costs but have been semi hypothermc a few times!! .
As to windsurfing fitness, the recomendations here are good and i find being an avid runner and going to the weightroom regularly, that there is no substitute for just sailing sailing and sailing.
However where i live there is no sailing in winter. SO when i do take that winter trip to windsurf i have no substitute to prepare in the gym.
Core exercises are absolutley important.
The best ones IMHO done while utilizing the medicine ball, the variations are many and easy found on the net or in many fitness magazine.
Strong legs, arms, cannot be strong without the core: hips,lower back stomach being in top shape.
Suplimenting this with running or better yet swimming ( i have chased my kit in the impact zone many times!!).