Wave Crushers Training System

The Wave Crushers Training System is a training concept aimed at water sports enthusiasts, mostly surfers, who want to develop and improve their ability to interact with the environment in order to improve their performance.

It is aimed at all practitioners, since it is a training model that is always geared towards the needs of each practitioner/athlete, at their various levels and according to the requirements of each sport. The training objectives are geared towards understanding and improving each athlete's real abilities and are based on four pillars.

Pillars

The training objectives are geared towards understanding and improving each athlete's real abilities and are based on four pillars:

Self-knowledge

class="img-responsive

Knowing yourself requires the ability to reach certain limits, which evolve as you get to know yourself. Continuous training helps to improve this knowledge by consecutively overcoming physical and mental challenges.

Individual security

class="img-responsive

Improving self-knowledge allows you to become increasingly aware of your body's reactions when you get closer to your physical limits and, as a result, to have greater self-control and mastery during the activity.

Physical capabilities

class="img-responsive

It's related to every stage of training, how much you can achieve physically, but every situation is different and although excellent physical preparation is necessary, it's once again very important to have a good mental command, because with bad decisions, we can often fail even with preparation. Self-knowledge plays a fundamental role in decision-making.

Best Performance

class="img-responsive

Only regularity and continuous training will make it possible to improve individual performance, depending a lot on dedication to training. We all have different strengths, and with this training model we can overcome ourselves individually at all times, regardless of our personal level. As long as the entire training process is carried out with maximum dedication.

João Pedro Parisot

class="img-responsive
  • João Pedro Parisot, better known as JóJó, 44 years old
  • Surfing since the age of 15
  • Karate and Kung Fu federated athlete
  • Teacher of sports activities in the aquatic environment since the age of 19
  • Federated athlete in the sport of Underwater Hockey
  • Founder of Wave Crushers Training System

"When it comes to surfing, my beach of choice is Praia Grande in Sintra. My preferred sea is with "consistent" waves - Ericeira, Peniche, Nazaré. However, for professional reasons, I can't devote as much time as most people would like. As the big sea is one of my passions, I've become attuned to people with the same vibe, which has led me to grow."

As an adventurous man, I'm always looking for challenges!

Training Basics

Breathing - Swimming - Apnea - Strength and endurance training - Orientation underwater - Athlete safety

Breathing

class="img-responsive

CO2 is the most powerful stimulus for breathing. The brain's receptors act by increasing the partial pressures of this gas, produced as a response to the need to breathe or to change the respiratory rhythm in order to keep the balance within normal values.

In apnea, hyperventilation can lead to an excessive drop in Co2 values. The answer essentially comes down to the intervals between apnea and the type of breathing that is done when recovering from it.

Hyperventilation consists of making consecutive breathing cycles, with forced expiration followed by forced inspiration, mobilizing the entire volume corresponding to vital capacity.

Swimming

class="img-responsive

Teaching pure swimming techniques is a fundamental stage in the development of a surfer's skills. In this way, teaching and improving the "surface/subaquatic" swimming techniques are pedagogical acts that guide and prepare any surfer, as they are the most appropriate and convenient structure for the subject to interact with the aquatic environment.

Apnea

class="img-responsive

Apnea (from the Greek, a = prefix of negation and pneia = breathing) designates the voluntary or involuntary suspension of ventilation, or the interruption of atmospheric air communication with the lower airways and lungs. Since respiration at the cellular level continues as long as there is sufficient oxygen supply in the lungs, even without contact with atmospheric air, lunged beings can survive in apnea for a few minutes. Some whales can remain in apnea for more than 90 minutes, while humans, on average, can withstand about two minutes. Some expert athletes manage to exceed five minutes while remaining lucid.

Strength and endurance training

class="img-responsive

Strength training plays a major role in general physical condition, sports performance, injury rehabilitation and increasing muscle mass in athletes. There are various methods and systems for achieving the desired goals. It's up to the coach to choose the model that best suits each athlete's desired goal.

Underwater orientation

class="img-responsive

Orientation and disorientation underwater gives us a feeling close to weightlessness. Often losing track of the surface and the bottom, the best reference technique is to let out a little air and steer by the bubbles.

The best technique is to try to focus on a point and relax so that your vision comes back into focus, then you can recover.

Athlete safety

class="img-responsive

Procedure in the event of SAMBA (blackout). In extreme cases in which the athlete is convulsing, you should immediately remove anything that might be obstructing the airway, place them in a position to expand their rib cage and stimulate breathing and consciousness with light touches to the face.

History

The Wave Crushers Training System (WCTS) was created in 2012 at the request of António Silva and Ramon Laureano, with the aim of preparing them to surf the slabs of Galicia.

Together with Tiago Domingos and André Martins, colleagues who have trained in aquatic activities with AIDA Portugal and are underwater field hockey athletes, we have been putting the blocks of pure apnea together with Cross Fite Swimming.

This is how a training model began to be built, with specific exercises for surfing and for the adversities that the athletes would encounter in this type of practice.

The feedback of confidence and overcoming the athletes led to greater regularity and adherence to training.