Gliding through sun-kissed water, seconds from catching a wave, I have a Blue Crush moment. My board’s for paddling rather than surfing but, still, someone should bottle this blend of exhilaration, excitement and nerves. Though, that last feeling is eased by the fact Jordan Mercer’s holding my board.
I’ve been spending the day with the ironwoman, surf-lifesaving and paddleboard champ in her hometown of Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Our arvo cool-off in the water comes off the back of a beach workout with one of her trainers.
For that, I’d braced myself for gruelling sand sprints and burpees, but instead we went through a bodyweight session of small, controlled moves, such as hops and hamstring levers. It wasn’t the flog-yourself cardio I’d imagined having to politely duck out of before passing out on the sand; it was all about conditioning, strength and improving movement. Intrigued? Steal her moves in the video below...
Pick up the June issue for more about our day with pro athlete Jordan. Women’s Health travelled to Noosa with Red Bull Australia.