Associations between the performance of scoring manoeuvres and lower-body strength and power in elite surfers
Multi-Science Publishing Co. Ltd
School of Medical and Health Sciences
The purpose of this study was to determine whether any significant associations were present between lower-body strength and power, and the performance of turning and aerial manoeuvres in elite surfing athletes. Eighteen competitive male surfers performed a battery of physical tests (countermovement jump (CMJ), squat jump (SJ), and isometric mid-thigh pull (IMTP)) during a single session, in addition to having their performance of turning and aerial manoeuvres ranked from highest to lowest. Significant associations were identified between turning manoeuvre ranking and; peak force in the CMJ, SJ and IMTP (ϱ=−0.737, p<0.01; ϱ=−0.856, p<0.01; ϱ=−0.683, p<0.01, respectively), as well as, peak velocity and jump height in the CMJ (ϱ=−0.560, p=0.02; ϱ=−0.529, p=0.02, respectively). No significant associations were identified between aerial manoeuvre ranking and any strength and power variables. These results suggest that surfing athletes that exhibit greater lower-body isometric and dynamic strength, and power also perform higher scoring turning manoeuvres during wave riding.