4 Reasons Going Vegan Can Help Your Surfing

4 Reasons Going Vegan Can Help Your Surfing

4 Reasons Going Vegan Can Help Your Surfing

 “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ~ Hippocrates

Whether you’re a pro surfer or your average joe we all want to get better at surfing, improving is name of the game and having a blast whilst you do. Eating food as any surfer know is possibly the best feeling post surf devouring everything in sight but is that food fuelling us or slowing us down and holding us back in the water can going plant-based help your surfing, we have seen the research its a “yes”.

When you think of the word vegan you might just think it means a shorter word for vegetarian. Well, that’s not quite right, Vegan is actually a lifestyle choice to eliminate any animal-based product and foods from your life and mostly eat a plant-based diet consisting of grains, legumes, nuts, beans, fruits, fungi and veggies which is considered by science to be one of the healthiest on the planet. Vegetarians still eat animal by-products such as milk cheese and eggs. So how can the vegan diet help you as a surfer

4 Reasons a Vegan Diet Can Help Your Surfing

(1) Less weight to carry

Probably the number one reason a lot of people might try a vegan diet is to lose a few pounds and get leaner and cutting out those high-calorie foods like meat, eggs, cheese, and dairy really start to get you those lean surfer abs.  Add in surfing to the mix and you got a recipe for a lean muscular body that power to weight ratio is incredible. the less body fat you have the better when it comes to power to weight ration as well as make planning a lot easier and even allow you to go smaller boards or leas foam which can help with performance. If you are carrying a few extra doughnuts in your stomach you will probably find that your overall weight affects your performance in paddling and planning speed a lot of vegan athletes including some of the world’s best claim that a plant-based diet has allowed them to become faster in the water and use far less energy due to their decreased weight and leaner phasic. This is really beneficial if you trying to improve and can quite hit that next turn the way you want maybe your diet is holding you back. 

(2) You Will Have More Energy

many vegans who compete in sport or exercise talk about the increase in energy levels, professional endurance runners Rich Roll talks about the incredible energy you got from going plant-based and how his body was running on jet fuel instead of the normal (petrol) he had been feeding his body for years. Olympic weightlifter Kendrick Farris went vegan and got stronger and put on more muscle and he got energy levels they haven’t experienced since childhood. You may be asking why are these top-level athletes getting better well plant-based foods contain all of the essential vitamins and nutrients we need to perform at our best not only this they have an incredible amount of fibre which is hugely important for overall health and detoxification of the body. Also eating more plant-based give you just the raw ingredient without a whole load of preservatives, additives, sweeteners, and other artificial ingredients you can’t even pronounce. When you remove these from your diet you allow the body to digest and process food way easier allowing more energy to be used for other thing giving your body the function better closer to 100% rather than the 60%-70% most people are accustoming to. 

(3) Recover Faster After Surf

if you’re lucky enough to surf a good few days a week then you will know that post surf feeling of exhaustion if you seriously committed you might even be doing 1-2 surfs a day plus working which will mean you going to be Real tired and that next day you going to want to still be performing at your best. Well, this is eating plant-based comes in as plants are known as nourishing foods. Plant foods do just that Nourish our body’s allowing the muscles to heal after the work of surfing, replenishing lost vitamins minerals nutrients and micronutrients lost in the surf.  If you have ever had a longer surf of 3-5 hours you will know the lower and upper back ache after a surf as well as joint pain for hours of prolonged exercise this is due to the body being inflamed, the body’s natural response to protect itself from injury or infection. Plant foods to the rescue as pretty much all plant-based foods contain incredible anti-inflammatory properties that release and alleviate this pain and reduce inflammation helping you to recover and heal quicker after your surf. So rather than going for some fast food fix or a fried feast maybe have a smoothie ready with some fresh fruits and veggies in it with some walnuts, garlic, turmeric, and you will notice you recover is a lot quicker and you will be back in the water before you know it

(4) Sleep Better

If you looking to improve performance, then a lot of it comes down to sleep if you look at top level altheas they always ensure they got good quality sleep the night before their event. British Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy and Ronaldo famously have sleep coaches that look at the quality of their sleep and how diet affects it. Sleep has a direct link to performance as well as your body’s ability to recover. As we said before about Inflammation and muscle soreness isn’t great for your recovery but it can also change your sleep quality. If you’re eating a large amount of meat and animal-based foods, your digestion could also be keeping you awake at night when it should be in repair mode. We know Eating plant-based foods requires less energy to digest but eating animal-based foods such as meat, dairy, eggs and milk can take double (sometimes triple) the amount of time to digest. Animal products can also increase inflammation markers in the body known as C-reactive proteins. These are what we talked about before contributing to inflammation, muscle soreness, and even an unhealthy heart.

If you eat plant-based foods you might know that they are Hight in fibre as well as, vitamins and minerals like magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin E  which all help to reduce inflammation and improve your overall health and function. Most veggies are also natural sources of complex carbohydrates that help the body produce serotonin and melatonin (making you feel happy and relaxed) which helps the body go into a deep sleep and your body to get to work repair and replenish glucose in the muscle cells. So if you having a restless night and looking to get a better night sleep for that big swell tomorrow cut out the animal foods and add in the plant-based ones you will wake up with a real zing in your step due to better, deeper sleep and less achy muscles!

These are just a few ways in which a plant-based diet can help to improve your surfing performance but don’t just take our word for it check out or other blogs about why professional surfers and athletes are going vegan.

These are just a few ways in which a plant-based diet can help to improve your surfing performance but don’t just take our word for it check out or other blogs about why professional surfers and athletes are going vegan.

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Why Are So Many Pro Surfers Going Vegan ?

Why Are So Many Pro Surfers Going Vegan ?

Why Are So Many Pro Surfers Going Vegan?

If you’re in the know, you might see a lot of our favourite world tour pro surfer posting more pictures of smoothie bowls and hashtagging the words vegan in their Instagram post. You might not really care or even bother what these pro surfers eat, but over the last few years, there has been a real change in the way we eat especially in the surf world. The big Vegan tag isn’t only for hipster and animal rights activists who want to jump on the bandwagon of today’s what’s a hot topic, are a legitimate lifestyle and diet change that is giving these pros the edge in performance and recovery that’s backed up by modern science. So, if you were thinking about improving you airs or working on your rail game maybe the fuel that you eat could have the answer.

The King Vegan Kelly Slater

Kelly Slater the 11-time world champ of surfing has always been known for eating pretty healthy, and if you watch any interview with him talking about food by god he knows a lot about health and nutrition. But more recently on Kelly’s social media channels, he has been talking about his adoption of a vegan (plant-based diet) in the videos the 11-time world champion said: “I haven’t had milk for probably 20 years now.”  And for good reason for those of you that follow Kelly he talks out about the ethical problems with drinking milk and eating other dairy products and has always been opposed to eating most animal products and prefers getting his protein from things like chia and plants.

 

 

 John John

 

Yep the now 2 time back to back world champ is pretty much living of a plant-based diet and if John John has got enough energy to win world championships then I think it’s probably good enough for me and you John John said “I’ve become increasingly aware of food and its effects on the human body. All signs point to the idea that a plant-based diet is far superior to that of high animal-product intake.” When you a pro surfer looking for any edge you can get maybe having that extra energy or less inflammation post surf is allowing John to find that extra gear and win competitions.

 

 

Alana Blanchard

Alana has been the pin up girl for Ripcul and with her killer surf style and gorgeous looks who wouldn’t want to live Alana life. Being aware of her footprint in the world as well as super conscious about her health and the food she eats Alana has been eating this way for years and know with her hubby jack and their baby they will be living the ultimate vegan surfer family Alana said “One of the reasons I am vegan is because I love animals so much and could never even imagine hurting one.” 

 

 

And if you think about it as surfer we tend to think of ourselves and more InTouch with mother nature than most why have the death of another being on your plate just to eat when its not necessary.

Rob Machado

One of surfing most iconic and most loved soul surfers Rob Machado is one surfer you probably love for his laid-back approach to surfing and his love of all the fish shapes in surfboards. But one thing you might not know about Rob is that he’s been predominantly a plant-based diet for most of his life rob said “I was raised a vegetarian so I was always aware of environmental issues. There wasn’t a whole lot of vegetarians around in the 80s—so we were ahead of the curve in that way.” Obviously, rob know better than most the massive effect that animal agriculture has on the environment from ocean dead zones from animal waste to dumping of toxic water quality from runoff farms. As a surfer that’s hugely affecting your health on a daily basis. And going plant-based means you eat about 90 or so fewer animals a year so 90 lives saved means that you also don’t contribute to the system that is destroying the planet.

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Jack Freestone

jack being from a classic auzy background was raised on meat and a typical diet a lot of surfers might relate to. Since meeting Alana he has seen the light and become fully fledged plant based not only for potential health benefits but for ethical reasons do. 

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Tia Blanco

If you follow surfing younger scean or the ISA then you might know of a pretty promising surfer called Tia Blanco she won her 2nd gold medal at the (ISA) International Surfing Association world cup and is set to be heading to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were she will compete in the first Olympic surfing event in history. Tia has been vegetarian since birth but made the change to go vegan because of ethical reasons Tia said “I went vegan for the animals. I love them all and I don’t want to eat my friends.” She’s also has an online YouTube channel were she talks all things vegan and also shows you what she’s eating day to day. Tia contributes a lot of her success to a vegan diet obviously making it easy to stay lean and health but also helping her to lose the fat, gain muscle and have loads more energy. Is there anything a vegan diet can’t do   Tia Also said in an interview with teen vogue “I love animals too much to contribute to … suffering,” “From an environmental standpoint, animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction.” And Tia we are totally with you.   As a surfer doing our part to keep the oceans healthy is massive guardians of the sea and to have a huge affect it only requires that I don’t eat animal products then I’m all in with you.

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