breaking news: it helps to be in shape if you wanna surf. you'd never guess, but it's a full-body workout!
it's stuff like this that gives the Times is On It twitter reason to exist.
To the casual spectator, surfing seems to involve primarily balance, grace, nervy insouciance and a certain laid-back, ineffable oneness with the powers of the deep. But a series of newly published studies of the actual physical demands of surfing reveal that other, sometimes surprising aspects of fitness may be as important to surfing success as the ability to judge and remain upright on a swell.