Eric ‘E-Jack” Jackson is one of the best freeride snowboarders in the world. Last year E-Jack injured his foot and had to spend a great deal of time off the mountain rehabilitating his injury. This off-season E-Jack worked tirelessly with his fitness trainer Paul Hiniker at Frogs Fitness in Encinitas, CA to make sure that his entire body is stable and strong enough to avoid future injuries. In this video Paul explains why the Indo Board Balance Trainer has become his favorite piece of equipment when working with professional snowboarders and surfers. Watch as E-Jack tries out his latest Indo Board set-up: the Indo Board Gignate cushion with the Indo Mini Pro deck on top. This setup was chosen by Paul Hiniker as it allows snowboarders to strength train in a stance that is as close as possible to their riding stance. As Paul explains in the video, stability and strength training on an unstable surface is the most important aspect of the fitness programs he prescribes to the professional snowboarders and surfers that he works with.
IndoFlo Gigante Cushion
Every summer Ocean Beach Surf and Skate, Ocean Experience Surf School and Indo Board partner with the San Diego Chapter of the Braille Institute to give visually impaired youth the chance to learn to surf. While we have been involved in introducing many differnt types people to the experience of riding waves, nothing quite compares to this. We are stoked that the Indo Board plays a crucial role in helping these visually impaired kids understand the basics of balance and prepares them for an experience that they will never forget. The surf instructors used the full range of Indo Board products before the surfers entered the water so that they simulate the instability that they would expereince once they were in the water and on their surfboards. The Indo Board Original (deck with roller underneath) and the Gigante Cushion (large cushion that is placed under a surfboard) played a critical role in helping the instructors assess important variables such as balance, posture and stability before the surfers entered the surf. This translated into great successes once the kids entered the water. Seeing the faces of kids, most of whom had never been in the ocean – much less on a surfboard, made this an incredibly gratifying experience for all involved. To learn more about the San Diego Chapter of the Braille Institute and the amazing work they do with visually impared youth, visit their Facebook Page.
We recently caught up with highly sought-after fitness trainer Paul Hiniker during a photo shoot for an upcoming Surfline Health and Fitness feature. Paul trains many of actions sports top athletes including professional surfer Taylor Knox and professional snowboarders Eric Jackson and Mads Jonnson. Paul’s main focus with all of his athletes is building a balanced, stable, strong and flexible body. In order to create this type of body a great deal of the training that Paul recommends is done using unstable devices. This helps simulate the type of environment that surfers, snowboarders, skateboarders and other board sports athletes will encounter during training and competition. This training focuses on making sure the athletes learn to maintain the proper posture, stability and balance while performing compound, sport-specific movements on these unstable devices. Paul’s goal is to better prepare the athletes for the chaotic, unstable environment that they experience in board sports training and competition. In these photos Paul is performing kettlebell stability exercises using the IndoFLO Gigante’ cushion with the Indo Pro deck on top. This Indo Board setup allows the user to simulate the instability and the proper posture and stance used in surfing and snowboarding.