Coming back after 3 months off - What's it like?

Oct 8, 2019
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Hey ya'll.

I'm just wondering what most people's experiences are like after coming off of a significant injury that left you out of the water and unable to surf or even exercise for around 3-4 months. Was it like riding a bike? How was your paddle fitness compared to before the injury and how long/how many sessions before you felt like you got back into good surfing shape? What was harder to re-develop, your timing or your body?

I recently had a back injury that's left me pretty immobile for a month or so... I'm slowly gaining it back. It's the first significant injury i've had so am curious what others experienced making a comeback. For reference, I'm in my early 30s and before I got injured was surfing 5-6 days a week and in what I would call above average paddle shape. I have no expectations for how I will return and am not trying to rush anything.

Thanks for the replies... yewwWW!!
 

hgsouth

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It's not like starting as a beginner again. Your muscles have memory...no matter how out of shape I get jumping back in the water always feels natural. It's definitely like riding a bike...usually I just find that my confidence/timing/popups are a little slow. I'm 35 and I've had multiple times out for injuries.
 
Oct 8, 2019
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It's not like starting as a beginner again. Your muscles have memory...no matter how out of shape I get jumping back in the water always feels natural. It's definitely like riding a bike...usually I just find that my confidence/timing/popups are a little slow. I'm 35 and I've had multiple times out for injuries.
I've been surfing since I was a youngin' and every time I take some time off and getting back I feel it's basically like riding a bike... not as bad as I think. Never been out with an injury that prevented me from exercising out of the water tho, so I guess that's where the unknown lies.
 

gbg

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Long periods out of the water kill me now. I can't seem to pull it together.
 

gbg

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At 30 it wasn't much of a problem.

Now, two weeks is a problem.
In my 30s I could paddle out still drunk after weeks off and surf reasonably well. Now it's ugly AF.
 

sd_101

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Hardest part is the mental burden of thinking you’ll blow the wave.

I was convinced I’d forgotten how to surf. Took me a few sessions to convince myself I hadnt.
 
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fishtank

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Paddling and endurance goes to sh!t. Timing is off and confidence shattered too. Usually takes a few weeks of consistent surfing to feel in tune again.
 
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b.r.

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when i blew out my knee i came back after 4 months or so using the Rick kane method, started with a longboard worked down to some high volume easy wave catching boards and eventually back onto my regular boards. the surfing doesn't leave you , just the paddling and popping up.
 

grg

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when i blew out my knee i came back after 4 months or so using the Rick kane method, started with a longboard worked down to some high volume easy wave catching boards and eventually back onto my regular boards. the surfing doesn't leave you , just the paddling and popping up.
this, plus timing for me. Ill be going on at least 6 months off.