Regular specific exercises that will mimic and improve your surfing movements are definitely worth doing, adding strength and stability to your surfing. During a cutback the upper body, will go through varying degrees of multi-directional movements. Repeating the movements and adding resistance (i.e. light weights) will allow more powerful turns.
Start by lying on a Swiss ball with your shoulder blades and shoulders fully supported. Make sure your hips are level with your shoulders, feet flat on the floor.
Tip: Keep your hips in line with the shoulders, do not let them sag; this exercise requires you to contract your abdominals and core muscles. As your strength and technique improve you can use a light dumbbell.
These really boost your cutbacks.
Tip: To advance the exercise further and gain more upper body strength try adding a press-up after each tuck.
Adds extra stability to your bottom turn. By adding the Indo flow cushion to this basic exercise it becomes more challenging. If you’re a longboarder looking for extra strength in your drop-knee, then this is a great exercise to start boosting your turning power!
Tip: Once you have gained a good technique, add the Indo cushion for additional challenge. You can gain even greater strength by holding light weights alongside your hips through the movement.
There are many more exercises and tips to keep you surf fit in Lee's book The Complete Guide to Surf Fitness, published by Carve publishers Orca Publications.