Friday, November 18, 2011

RIP Surfer X

This was posted in the Boston Globe last week...
"SurfSET Fitness is a new company that allows people to work out like surfers. CEO and founder Mike Hartwick developed the Rip Surfer X - a one-person machine that can be part of gym workouts - as a way to exercise while he was away from the waves.

The company is rolling out demonstrations ahead of what it hopes will be a distribution of machines and programs to gyms throughout the country.

The first classes were held at the Boston Athletic Club in South Boston this weekend.
I realize surfing is pretty much the best thing anyone could ever do with their life, but don't bother with these gimmicky simulations. Either paddle out and do the real thing or stick to your Elliptical. Mike Hartwick must be a kook if he thinks Rip Surfer X can replicate the aerobic benefits of a surf session. It can't for the very simple reality that the overwhelming majority of your surfing "workout" occurs while paddling and pushing against your board (ducking-diving and hopping to your feet). The actual riding of the wave provides the least amount of energy. Why not call this hunk of shit Rip Snowboarder X? It seems like a more fitting description, plus, any fat ass who can mount a ski lift can relatively rip on one of those. But nobody wants to be a snowboarder. They want to be surfers and thank god the real thing is too hard (and too cold in New England) to master. Otherwise my local surf breaks would have all the neon of a ski resort.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like it's good for keeping in paddling shape. If you don't live near the beach and do one surf trip a year, most of that time will be spent getting back in paddling shape. This seems like it will minimize that hassle. Also looks like it addressed the sore ribs for a few days issue.