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How to Paddle on a Surfboard – Part 2 of 6 Catching a Wave on a Shortboard

How to paddle on a shortboard when catching a Wave has slightly different paddling techniques than when you’re paddling out to the lineup.  This videos breaks down those differences…

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Two Different Types of Surfing Paddling Technique?

A lot of people ask me what type of stroke they should use when paddling on a surfboard.

I tell them there are two, not one, that surfers use.  I suppose I should say, there are two we should use.

And the two surfing paddling stroke patterns we should use should also be used in certain scenarios.  This video outlines those two stroke patterns and when they should be used when you’re out surfing…



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How to Paddle on a Surfboard – Part 1 of 6 Paddling on a Shortboard

How to paddle on a surfboard varies slightly depending on the type of craft, design of the craft, conditions paddled in, speed, and several other factors.  While we can’t cover every single scenario, in this six part series I’ve outlined some general guidelines to help surfers become more efficient and effective with their paddling.  

Shortboards, longboards, and paddleboards are the three types of craft I’ve outlined and the two scenarios we have tried to define are paddling out (or cruising speed), and catching a wave (sprint speed), and for a paddleboard, prone versus knee paddling.

I’m going to feature each one of these scenarios in 6 different videos and at the end, I’ll provide a link so you can download this summary.

You can use this as a reference. Keep in mind this should only be used as a guide – general guidelines. In the Surfing Paddling Academy Online class, we focus on learning not only what the technique is and how you can do it also, but why it works, why it gets results. Again, if we know why something works, then we can adapt to any given scenario. Different boards, different surf spots, different conditions. We’ll have it covered.

I hope you find value from this…


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My Favorite XSWIM Surfing Workout – It Hurts So Good

Someone asked me the other day what my favorite surfing workout in the XSWIM program is.  I really enjoy the XFIT advanced workouts, but I had to answer with one of the first workouts I created just because of a swim set that I love so much.

I named the swim set “All You Can Eat 50s” and you can find it in the Test workouts (#2 of 5).  We start with a solid warm up of swimming with core work in between swim sets (crunches, scissors, heel ups, bicycle crunches, and elbow plank).  Then we get into a combined Endurance and Agility section – the All You Can Eat 50s set.  Here’s how it works so you can try it on your own (be sure to warm up / warm down and do not add any additional rest once you have started the set):

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Surfing Paddling Technique FAQ – what do I do with my hands?

The hands and arms are our main source of propulsion.  In this quick video, I answer a few questions regarding what to do with your hands during the hand recovery using efficient surfing paddling technique.  Near the end of the video, I explain one of the fundamental paddling mistakes I’ve seen taught and how to correct it.  


Want to Paddle Like Mick Fanning?

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Mick Fanning is undoubtedly one of the fastest surfers in the world.  But did you know that Mick is a pretty good paddler as well?  

His technique is contrary to what many surfers are taught, and in this video, I break down three techniques he uses to become more efficient and faster.  

You might be surprised by what you find…any of these techniques look familiar?

If you liked this video and got some value from it, check out what else we have to offer by surfing around our website.  

Feel free to contact me with any questions.  



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Occy Comments on Swimming Surfing Connection

I couldn’t resist posting this. Surfing Legend Mark Occhilupo (Occy) makes a comment in his telecast regarding how he thinks the best swimmers make the best paddlers. Thanks Occ.



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Side by Side Paddling Analysis – Kelly Slater and Taylor Clark

Can you see what I see?

Here is a look at side-by-side views of eleven time World Champion Kelly Slater and up and coming WQS surfer Taylor Clark.

What does Kelly do in his paddling technique that Taylor needs to improve?  Find out if you make the same mistakes and how to fix it.



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Where’s My Jet Ski Assist – Part 2 – Top 3 Duck Diving Techniques

The Epic Conclusion to How We Can Enjoy a Large Beach Break Day without Jet Skis

In the following video, I break down the second key to enjoying a beach break session and provide you with some techniques you can use to improve your experiences out in the water.  Surfing duck diving techniques are explained for a shortboard.

  1. Maintain space between you and your board.
  2. Don’t rush to the surface.
  3. Use your foot.

Check out the video for details.

See you in the water,






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Surfing Fitness Techniques for the Average Surfer

Are pro surfers just lazy?  Of course not.

The reason they use Jet Ski Assist in the Billabong Rio Pro contest is for the benefit of the audience.  It was boring watching them struggle in the old days.

But we are not pro surfers, and we do not have Jet Ski Assist.  So how do we get to enjoy large beach break days?

In the following video, I break down one of two keys to enjoying a beach break session and provide you with a workout that you can try on your own to improve your surfing fitness.

See you in the water,