SurfSET, a new indoor surfboard workout machine, looks like someone basically strapped a surfboard to a pilates machine. Which I suppose sounds like an awesome idea…if you’re a stoned surfer who’s stuck in rural Illinois for the winter. But in reality, it mostly seems like it has high potential for injury, without any of the badass-ness or fun that comes with riding real waves.
We heard about the indoor boards through UrbanDaddy, who plugged the new surf gadget workout as a good way to get in shape and ogle hot chicks:
The idea here: translate the moves a surfer does on the open water to dry land (“studies” show that when you eliminate the looming threat of Portuguese man-of-wars, you build lean muscle mass faster). The secret: a specially designed board that mimics the feeling of riding the perfect wave. Only with 100% less undertow.
Each class is led by an instructor (yes, she looks like an extra from Blue Crush) who’ll school you in how to pop up, duck dive, water walk, carve and shark kick (okay, that last one you’re already pretty well versed in). After 40 minutes’ worth of surf-inspired interval training under a ceiling of surf-inspired projected movies, the lights will be dimmed, the pace will be slowed, and you’ll wind down while stretching to the soothing sounds of the ocean.
And SurfSET’s website is studded with trendy fitness keywords like “functional fitness” “isometric contractions” and “instability”—all of which are great things for getting in shape, but then, so is doing pushups and yoga when you can’t actually get to the ocean for real surfing.
I can’t tell if the goal of SurfSet’s pop-up fitness studios is to sell the machines or test the waters (no pun intended) for impending indoor surf studio plans, but there’s just something kind of sad about picturing a dedicated surfer paddling on imaginary water in his basement on one of these. I vote to just move to a place where you can surf.