Shaolin_stud wrote:Trailgumby, I wish I was as cool as you with the surfing! I think I might stick to swimming to help my core strength + its nice to be doing something a litle bit different.
I'm not sure that swimming is all that effective for core strength. What works your core in surfing is stabilising yourself on a board and the flick to standing, especially on the shortboard I used to ride. (With the loss of shoulder strength and power-to-weight as a result of my injury, my shortboard days may be over for good. Will be trying a long fish board in a couple of months.)
I've been swimming regularly as part of my rehab, and the use of abs, twist and back extension machines have been of greater value for core.
A beginners Pilates class might get you quicker and better results if the appropariate machines are not available at your local gym.