Unconventional Athletes: Surfers
As the Surf Ranch Pro kicks off this week in California, we highlight all you surfers, who are sometimes considered “unconventional” athletes.
Gone are the days when the term “surfer” conjures up the image of a sun-bleached, lazy beach bum. Today, there’s a wider acknowledgement of the strength, power, flexibility, endurance, coordination, and balance required to ride the waves.
Compared to more traditional sports, however, surfing remains a somewhat offbeat sporting event. One could even say surfers are “unconventional,” as rather than being stuck in conventional thinking they’re always open to new ideas, methods, and supplements.
One might also consider you unconventional if you take CBD, the all-natural compound found in hemp. That’s why in our ongoing series, “Unconventional Athletes,” we spotlight all the forward-looking competitors out there who are physically challenging themselves to meet their own self-definition of athletic success.
The Surf Ranch Pro got underway on Thursday. It marks the first time an artificial wave pool has been used by the World Surf League for a Champions Tour event, just another indication of surfers pushing the envelope and being on the cutting edge.
Surfing and the Surf Ranch Pro
Surfing is a surface water sport that involves riding waves in an upright or prone position on a piece of equipment called a surfboard. In the ocean, surfers (or “wave riders”) stand up on surfboards and navigate through the water, riding waves as they move toward the shower.
Bodysurfing is believed to date back as far as 2,000 BC, and surfing became a legitimized sport between the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, there is thought to be around 20 and 25 million surfers worldwide.
This week is the much-hyped Surf Ranch Pro, an inaugural World’s Surf League (WSL) event at renowned surfer Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California. For three days, under the eyes of 5,000 spectators, the world’s best surfers compete in a 700-yard long wave pool, a freshwater swimming lagoon that artificially generates reasonably large waves to mimic the ocean.
All 54 competitors – 36 men and 18 women — participate in rounds of heats looking to achieve their two highest-scoring runs. Scores for each run are out of 10 for a possible 20-point heat total. A panel of five judges scores each wave, judging on commitment and degree of difficulty, innovative and progressive maneuvers, variety of maneuvers, and speed, power, and flow.
While any competition in the WSL’s annual tour or professional surf tour is popular, the Surf Ranch Pro garnered even more media attention after the World’s Surf League recently announced that from next year on women competitors will get the same prize money as the men.
The popularity of surfing continues to grow, and the arrival of artificial wave pools will likely help attract new participants who are in landlocked countries or feel more comfortable in a pool than the ocean.
An Unconventional Supplement for Surfers: CBD
Whether you’re a surf pro who’s constantly training and spending your days in the ocean, or an amateur who hits up the beach on some weekends, CBD supplements can help boost performance and improve recovery.
CBD is an all-natural and non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis. CBD helps keep the body and its functions balanced and running at their best by supporting a major regulatory network – the endocannabinoid system.
More athletes than ever now have a daily routine of using a CBD supplement. By helping the endocannabinoid system run optimally, important functions like metabolism, energy balance, sleep, and immune system response are kept balanced.
How well the body’s functions are regulated influences athletic performance and recovery. A well operating endocannabinoid system is crucial for all athletes, including surfers, to perform at their highest level.
Dixie Botanicals® offers a variety of CBD supplements that fit in well with athletes and their training regimens, including lightly sweetened CBD tinctures, highly concentrated CBD Isolate, easy-to-use CBD vape oil cartridges, B-vitamin infused bite-sized energy chews, a simple-to-dab concentrated dab oil, and a fragrant CBD topical salve to rub on tired muscles and joints.
When derived from hemp, CBD is legal in the United States and in over 40 countries.