The Surfers Balance Board
The Rooboard balance board was invented by Mason Gilmour-Platt, a New Zealand surfer living in the UK who needed to maintain his core strength, balance, power and fitness for surfing.
He also wanted a product that was portable, as in the daily commute on the London Underground and for travel training.
This amazing fitness product adds instability to over a hundred exercises to increase total body strength and fitness. The instability element forces the core and stabiliser muscles to engage which in turn increases the intensity. This means the users can exercise for less time than they would have previously for substantial gains in strength, balance and muscular symmetry.
The Rooboard is especially good at increasing core strength. High levels of core strength are vital for postural strength and to prevent lower back pain and injuries.
At only 30cm in length it is the smallest balance board on the market. It is also the most functional and is unbreakable. It will not damage flooring or sink into the ground when used outdoors because it uses EVA foam pads as the balance points rather than plastic or wood. The indented grip surface is comfortable and shock absorbing and means it can be used from the hands or forearms as well as the traditional seated and standing exercises. The unique features of the Rooboard.
The way you perform in the water can be greatly enhanced by the trainer you do on land. The ultimate is when these movements become unconscious and you can flow in perfect time with the wave. Surfing is a unique sport in that it requires so many different aspects of muscular strength and coordination to come together at the same time with high levels of cardiovascular fitness.
The Rooboard is perfect for surfing training as it can replicate the act of surfing and target the specific muscles used during surfing. It will train the core, improve balance and fitness at the same time.
One thing all surfers need to do however is prepare themselves for the next swell. The best way to do this is by performing surfing specific exercises for fitness, strength and dynamic movement.