best swim stroke to improve your paddling

Best Swim Stroke to Improve Your Surfing Paddling

I received a lot of positive feedback from the Paddle Battle Analysis between Kelly Slater and Bede Durbidge.  So here are two swim sets you can try on your own to help you improve your surfing paddling – a beginner and an advanced.  A warm up and warm down are required for each:

1.  This first swim set is taken from one of the XSWIM for Surfers Building a Base workouts, however, in the Building a Base workout, dryland exercises complement the swimming set after each repetition.  This is a good beginner style head up freestyle swim set.

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XSWIM for surfers

What is an XSWIM for Surfers Swim Workout?

I have to at least get this out of the way – here are the 6 W’s for an XSWIM swim workout for surfers:


A unique swimming workout for surfers that incorporates various exercises and surf specific exercises.  The swimming sets are designed specifically to mimic surfing and the different types of scenarios a surfer will face – point break, reef break, outer reef, beach break, etc.

1a. WHAT can it do for me?

Improve your surfing fitness (lose weight, gain strength, increase endurance), increase your confidence in the water, supplement your existing training, help you break through your performance plateau.

2. WHO is it for?

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learn to paddle like kelly slater

Learn to Paddle Like World Champion Kelly Slater – the top three paddling techniques Kelly uses

In the following video, I break down the paddle battle that took place in Round 4 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast between Kelly Slater and Bede Durbidge.  I cover the three key paddling techniques that Kelly uses, how they relate to swimming technique, and how you can use and practice them for your own surfing.

Kelly Slater’s paddling techniques are easy to understand and even easier to apply immediately so that you can go out and catch more waves.  We also discuss why they work so that you can further your Surfing Paddling Technique knowledge.  

Whether you are new to surfing or have been surfing for decades, you’ll gain valuable information so that you stop struggling with paddling.  Paddling is easily the most frustrating part of the surfing experience.  With very little effort, you can make paddling easier.  

Watch the video, write notes, ask questions.  I welcome comments and questions.  Please share with your friends if you find it helpful.

In the meantime, I’ll see you in the water,