International Journal of Exercise Science 12(6): 366-373, 2019. Competitive surfing is a growing sport with evolving performance and safety demands. One particular challenge surfers face is the need to endure long breath-holds following bouts of surf paddling. The purpose of this study was to examine the association between aerobic fitness markers, such as VO2peak and ventilatory thresholds, and post-paddling breath-hold capacity in competitive surfers. Eleven male collegiate level competitive surfers completed both a maximal graded exercise test and a simulated post-paddling breath-hold challenge on a modified paddling ergometer. Associations between markers of aerobic fitness and post-paddling breath-hold capacity were tested using linear regression modeling. The overall regression model indicated a positive linear association between the assessed markers of aerobic fitness and post-paddling breath-hold capacity (r= .828, r2= 0.686, p = 0.035). This association was explained by differences in VO2peak(ß= 0.975, p = .034). These findings suggest that VO2peak may be an important training target for programs aimed at improving breath-hold capacity in surfers.
Greever, Cory J.; Groseclose, Kaden K.L.; Denny, April L.; and Jones, Danielle C.
"Aerobic Fitness Markers Associated with Post-Paddling Breath Hold Capacity in Competitive Surfers,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 12
6, Pages 366 - 373.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijes/vol12/iss6/3