Admit it – you’ve dreamt of trading in your day job for the beach, spending your days as a chillaxed surf babe playing in the waves. Well, that’s exactly what pro surfer and Piping Hot team rider Codie Klein does. But while surfers appear low-key, their sport is anything but a laid-back affair. Codie shared what a day in the life looks like for her, how she fuels her strenuous days and her secrets to approaching health and wellness.

A day in the life

Codie wakes up at 5:30am every morning, “not naturally,” she laughs, “but I’ve gotten used to it!” She’ll go to hot yoga, then get in the water for a surf at around 7:30am. She’ll head home for breakfast, then have a gym sesh at about 9 or 10am. She’ll spend the afternoon doing work or replying to emails – and then heads out for another surf in the afternoon. Alright, we’ll admit it – we’re a lil jealous of the lifestyle.

Surf fuel

“Fuelling yourself properly is so important,” says Codie. “I’m so big on that and so passionate about it! I start my day with hot lemon water in the morning before I go to yoga , just to give my body and digestive system a bit of a break.”

“Then I’ll have some Morlife alkalising greens powder before I surf, and once I get out I’ll have a super nourishing breakfast – like a big smoothie bowl with buckinis, banana and more fruit! I have so much to do during the day, a good breakfast helps me stay on track,” says Codie.

“For lunch I’ll have something like a veggie omelete with kale – I’m a big fan of veggies and like to get them in before or at lunch!”

Codie says she’s not much of a snacker, but if she’s hungry before dinner she’ll have a protein ball or fruit, so she doesn’t overeat at dinner – but she’ll often have a super early dinner anyway.

Approaching health and wellness

Codie doesn’t eat gluten or dairy, because it flares up her eczema – but other than that, eats a healthy, well-rounded, veggie filled diet. “I went through a phase a year or two ago – I was a little anal about food, and I got nervous about going out for dinner because I couldn’t control what I was eating. As I’ve matured though, I’ve realised it’s not the end of the world if I eat something ‘bad’ – the dietary information we get bombarded with is so overwhelming – I just try to listen to who I am, and if I’m out with friends and want to have a glass of wine or gluten free pizza I’m not going to feel guilty,” says Codie.

“95% of the time eating what makes me feel good – having a vegetable base at all my meal and cooking at home as much as I can.” She loves cooking – and says learning how to cook was the one of the biggest catalysts in her healthy lifestyle – “as was learning how to make healthy food taste good using spices and herbs,” she laughs.

Tips for learning how to surf

“If you can swim – how badly is water going to hurt you?” Codie laughs. “If you want to surf, just give it a crack – practice it on land, jumping up onto your ‘board’.” She recommends incorporating lots of pushups, pullups and single leg squats into our workout routines if we want to get surfing fit – or do her fave workout!

“It’s a beautiful sport, you’re in nature and in the water getting a workout at the same time,” says Codie, “find someone who enjoys surfing too, make it into an experience and workout to make it fun and fresh – run up and down the beach a few times to warm up before you jump in the water.”

The best thing about the ocean?  

“It’s never the same – every surf is so different, and you can’t replicate it. It’s a lifestyle, never gets boring – it’s so beautiful and we’re so blessed to be have epic surf here in Australia.”

Get surfing fit

“For surfing and in general, I’m a firm believer in doing strength exercises after a warm up as maintaining good form is really important so I tend to do a warm up followed by some plyo based jumps, a strength component and finish with a quick but hard conditioning set,” says Codie.

Warm up

  • Foam roll
  • 3 minutes skip
  • 10 lunges
  • 10 squats
  • 5 walk outs

Plyo

3 sets of:
  • 5 tuck jumps
  • 10 single leg glide jumps (jump off one leg and land on the alternate)
  • 3 Sets
Strength
3 sets of:
  • 5 single leg squats each leg
  • 8 tricep push ups (start on knees and work up to feet keeping your arms close to your body)
  • 5 pull ups (start with a band to assist)
  • 10 plank to swiss ball knee tucks

Conditioning finisher

Burpee ladder:
  • 1 minute skip
  • 5 burpees
  • 30 mountain climbers
  • 1 minute skip
  • 10 burpees
  • 30 mountain climbers
  • 1 minute skip
  • 15 burpees
  • 30 mountain climbers
  • 1 minute skip
  • 10 burpees
  • 30 mountain climbers
  • 1 minute skip
  • 5 burpees
  • 30 mountain climbers