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Why Yoga and Surfing Go Together

Fact: Yoga and surfing go together.

Fact: Making yoga a habit before suiting up is a beneficial time investment that your body and mind will thank you for later.

Fact: Professional surfer Kelly Slater implements yoga into his surf routine to help him stay centered and strong. He shares, “A lot of my injuries come from stiffness. I wanna have longevity. I wanna be 80 years old and be really strong and fit.” Slater finds himself falling back into the flow of yoga when imbalances occur in body and mind (stillstoked).

So now you’re asking how exactly yoga can improve your surfing?

Benefits of Yoga for Surfers

Turns out it takes more than a wet suit to help you warm up properly.

Think about it, a focused mind and lean body are required in order to get on a wave and stay on it. Surfing demands a lot from your body let’s be honest, the salt water and sun combination can be downright exhausting.

Getting better takes a lot of practice. But what about the things you’re doing to improve your surf skills  while out of the water? Yoga is a great way to do something nice for your body and mind that ultimately will continue to help you get better at surfing!

Benefits of yoga include:

  • Reducing risk of injury
  • Building core strength
  • Increasing flexibility and range of motion
  • Improving balance
  • Increasing stamina
  • Correcting imbalances
  • Energizing the body and mind

Benefits of Breathing

Okay, one more thing before we get into the best poses for surfers. Let's talk about breathing really quick, because it’s such an important key to allowing yoga to benefit your surfing.

While doing each pose make sure to inhale deeply through your nose into the rib cage, letting air expand into your chest. Next, exhale again from your nose, drawing your belly in. Never hold your breath while practicing your yoga poses.

Nose breathing while difficult to adopt as habit, creates a slower exhalation and allows your lungs to extract more oxygen from your breath (Thebodyholiday). Ultimately, deep breathing will help increase your lung capacity, and this will come in handy when a big set rolls in.  Teaching your body the breathing basics will calm your nervous system if a big wave or sea creature gets you panicked out there.

Top 5 Yoga Poses for Surfers

Pose #1: The Downward Facing Dog

downward facing dog

Warming up with this widely-recognized stretch will help strengthen the wrists, arms and shoulders. These muscles will come in handy while for paddling for the wave of your life.

Pose #2: The Upward Facing Dog

Transition easily from the downward dog to the upward facing dog. This pose gently stretches the spine, vertebrae by vertebrae. This new found flexibility in your back with allow you to pop up quickly and effortlessly while dropping in.

Pose #3: The Tree Pose

Holding the tree pose takes balance and focus to master. As you practice moving in and out of this pose with complete control over your body you will improve your balance and stabilize the hip joints. This stability will prevent you from cutting your ride short.  

Pose #4: Warrior II 

The warrior II benefits the entire body by improving balance and warming up the hips and legs. Make sure to switch and get both sides!

The warrior II will increase your balance while surfing, along with stamina and concentration.

Pose #5: The Plank

Finish it off with a plank. When the waves are firing, you will want your core to be also. You are basically doing a plank anyway when you push yourself up right before hopping on a wave.

Hold your plank for at least 30 seconds. This position will build core strength and stability. The plank also increases endurance and body control which you will want out in the water.

Look Good While Doing It

Yoga is for the experienced surfer, the beginner surfer, for men and for women. Take 15 minutes out of your day and watch your surfing improve like you watch the tides roll in and out.

We know, the better you look the better you feel. Feeling confident in your gear can help  increase motivation!

Whether you choose to do yoga on the beach before a surf session, at home, or in a studio, look good while doing it.


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Lennox Head BEACH SOUNDS Fest is an all ages, alcohol and drug free event held annually in the coastal town of Lennox Head and features some of the best upcoming Australian bands.

2018 LINE UP

The Pretty Littles
Eliza and the Delusionals
Concrete Surfers
Viral Eyes
Garage Sale
No Parade

+ winner of our Feed Music "High School Hero" competition. 


ART and MUSIC FAIR - free entry to all in the foyer. A great collection of regional art and music based stalls. 
FOOD and DRINK available on site. 
DOOR PRIZES provided by our great sponsor Skullcandy and Anchor Chief (GLOBE, The Critical Slide Society, All About Eve).

THE VENUE is right in Lennox Head. Pass outs available so enjoy the local cafes, restaurants, hotel and bars. 

This is alcohol free event for guests and admission will be denied for any intoxicated patrons. Unruly behaviour will not be tolerated and will result in removal . No crowd surfing or aggressive dancing. Respect each other and look after your fellow concert goers. Zero tolerance will be shown to any patron harrassing other patrons or making them feel uncomfortable at our event. Any patron denied entry or re-entry to venue or removed from venue will not be provided with a refund.




Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All ages are welcome. We would politely suggest that the event is aimed at teens and young adults. Children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by a supervising adult who holds a ticket (max 4 kids per adult supervisor please). 
Pass outs will be allowed . The promoter and venue are not responsible for supervision of minors in any way but will provide a strictly alcohol free and drug free environment for guests, security will be present. Free water and rest areas are available. Kids are free to use the promoters telephone services to call parents if required.


What can I bring into the event?

We would suggest you dont bring anything except a small bag. Free cold water will be available. There is kiosk which will sell soft drinks and snacks. There will be a hot food vendor on site. We will be keeping the cost of food and drink to modest prices.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Your contact team is Ben Luke 17 year old of Lennox Groove and his father Nathan Luke. Email


What's the refund policy?

A full refund is available 7 days out. After that point no refunds. Note no refunds are given for any patron refused entry or removed from the premises.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

YES please bring your ticket printed out to avoid any issues with phone, phone reception (which can be poor in Lennox on occasion).

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