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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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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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Learn to Catch ANY Wave with Techniques Demonstrated by Nat Young

How Nat Young catches an impossible wave in the closing minute of Round 5 in the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach contest – the three techniques he uses to catch the wave that eventually led him into the Finals

In the video below I analyze a wave Nat Young caught in the dying minute of Round 5 against Josh Kerr that propelled him into the next round and subsequently led him into his first World Tour Finals appearance.  I cover three key techniques Nat uses, how they relate to swimming, and how you can use them to improve your paddling.

Below the video I have posted swim sets and drills for you to practice a few of these techniques.  Enjoy.

I welcome comments and questions. Please share with your friends if you find it helpful.

See you in the water…


A warm up and warm down are required for each of these sets:

1. SWIM SET – purpose: to feel the difference between head up and head down freestyle

Continue reading “Learn to Catch Any Wave”

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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,