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.
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):
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.
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.