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News Journal, Daytona Article!

News Journal, Daytona Article!

Nichols in the News Journal

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Wild Florida: Your guide to 9 great kayaking spots in Volusia County’s rivers & springs.

One of the best ways to spend time in the sun is by kayaking or canoeing into the wilderness. Central Florida is home to some of the country’s finest springs, and the Indian River Lagoon is the most biodiverse estuary in North America.

The Daytona Beach News Journal recognized Nichols Surf Shop as one of the top ecotour companies in Volusia County, FL!

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5 Ways to keep “Surf Fit” in Cold Weather

5 Ways to keep “Surf Fit” in Cold Weather


Benefits of Yoga for Surfing

  • Increased flexibility.
  • Stronger core muscles.
  • Better breathing techniques.
  • Improved balance.
  • More stamina.
  • Greater mental focus.
  • Restored and revitalized energy.

read more about yoga and surfing here: https://www.swimoutlet.com/guides/the-benefits-of-yoga-for-surfers


Skateboarding is an outstanding cross training activity for surfing. Skateboarding was born from surfing and came to fruition as a non-water surf activity. It’s a great way to work on balance and maneuvers. Get yourself a Sector 9 with gullwing trucks or a surf-skate Carver or scour the market and start skating.

Weight Training

Maybe boring, but weight training is  invaluable for increasing strength, toning muscle groups, and preventing osteoporosis. Weight training for surfing, of course, doesn’t mean bicep curls and bench presses. It doesn’t mean you’re training solely to make your muscles bigger, it means you’re training to make the muscles important for surfing more efficient. Not only that, but if you’re on the correct program, you’ll be less likely to get hurt, have a much faster recovery time, and be able to surf longer.

Squat to Stand

One of the simplest things you can do to improve your surfing outside of the water is develop a deep squat. Being able to get low and stay balanced is key to tube riding and is needed as a ‘go to’ position to prevent falls and recover from committed turns. The deep squat requires ample hip knee and ankle mobility, it decompresses the lower spine and improve digestion. Spend some time in the deep squat every day. Put the laptop on the coffee table and sit deep instead of slouching in your chair. All surfers should be able to do a deep squat. Here is a great video  with some drills on how to improve yours:


Pushups engage your whole body, strengthening the core, aligning the spine and improving shoulder control. When it comes to surfing, a strong upper body means easier pop-ups and duck dives, as well as shoulder injury prevention.

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