Surfing Paddling Technique Workshop Level 1

Paddling Efficiency, Speed, and Injury Prevention

Learn efficient and effective paddling techniques so you can catch more waves, with less effort. 

In this 4-hour or 8-hour workshop, you’ll get an analysis of your own paddling stroke on video and learn drills to enhance efficiency and speed.  In addition, learn how to prevent injury to your shoulders, or to fix shoulder issues you’re having now through proper technique. 

This group environment provides a learning platform for you to learn not only from your own video analysis, but from others’ as well.  Individual private 1-on-1 or small group Workshops are available as well.

Limited Space Available

Learn efficiency, speed, and injury prevention


  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Initial recordings of surfers’ baseline stroke
  • Paddling Technique Theory Overview – Efficiency, Speed, Injury Prevention
  • Lunch* (provided in the 8-hr version)
  • Applied Learning
  • Discussion and analysis by the group and instructor
  • Drills are introduced based on the technique being discussed
  • Group drill practice
  • Each surfer’s stroke is re-recorded

Each participant will receive

  • Video recordings with commentary reminders of what was discussed
  • Side-by-side video recording of their own stroke analysis with commentary
  • Annual Access to the Surfing Paddling Academy Online course (which has all of the drills and lessons for continued learning and practice)
Eliminated shoulder pain, increased ease in paddling, and fewer strokes taken

Workshop Dates 2019





Saturday, February 16, 2019


Mission Bay Aquatic Center, San Diego, CA, USA



Sunday, May 5, 2019


Playa Guiones, Costa Rica



Custom (1-on-1 Private or Small Group Workshop)




What to Bring

  • A mind ready to learn proven surfing paddling techniques and to have fun!
  • Surfboard you want to learn on – particularly one you’ve struggled on or want to be able to paddle on. 
  • Swimsuit and/or Wetsuit (Rob will contact participants on thickness of the wetsuit preferred depending on location and time of year),
  • Towel and Sunblock/hat
  • Notepad and pen for taking notes


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