Surfing Paddling Technique Workshop

Applied Learning of Surfing Paddling Technique

Learn efficient and effective paddling techniques so you can catch more waves, with less effort.  In this 4-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. 

surfing paddling technique
Surfing Paddling Technique Workshop designed to help you Catch More Waves with Less Effort.


  • Welcome & Introductions (10 min)
  • Initial recordings of surfers’ baseline stroke (30 min)
  • Paddling Technique Theory Overview (1 hr)
  • Applied Learning (approx. 2 hrs)
  • 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 (30 min)

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 and Prices

San Francisco Bay Area (Surfing Paddling Technique HQ, Novato, CA):

  • Session 1: Saturday, June 17, 10 am – 2 pm  SOLD OUT

San Diego (Mission Bay Aquatic Center, Mission Beach, CA):

  • Session 1: Sunday, September 17, 2017, 9 am – 1 pm SOLD OUT
  • Session 2: Sunday, September 17, 2017 2 pm – 6 pm SOLD OUT
  • Session 3: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9 am – 1 pm SOLD OUT
  • Session 4: Sunday, October 1, 2017, 9 am – 1 pm SOLD OUT

San Francisco Bay Area (Surfing Paddling Technique HQ, Novato, CA):

  • Session 2: Saturday, November 4, 11 am – 3 pm 

Booking Calendar

Use this calendar to find an open session and book a spot –

If you cannot select a date and time for a particular session, the session is full.  Contact me to be placed on the waitlist or look for the next available one.

NO MORE WORKSHOPS IN 2017.  Look for the 2018 schedule to be released in December 2017…stay tuned!!!

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 Wetsuit (Rob will contact participants on thickness of the wetsuit preferred depending on location and time of year)


If all the workshops are booked or you don’t see a location listed in your area:


In the meantime, I’ll see you in the water…why is surfing addictive