Lack of progression and fatigue leads to frustration which then leads to an unpleasant lineup. Nobody wants that. The first step in thwarting this downward spiral is to improve your entire surfing experience, from the pre-surf ritual, paddling out, deciding on a spot to surf, making adjustments, choosing the wave for you, riding with flow, kicking out, sharing with others, and finally exiting the water to talk story with others afterwards. At its root, to have more fun means to improve. It doesn't matter where you start in this journey of progression, from novice to pro, you can always improve and enjoy the experience of surfing just a little ... bit ... more.
I don’t speak too much Spanish, but I know what “Baja” should translate to. “Adventure“. Because it’s always an adventure when I venture south of the border down that skinny, jagged peninsula. Or should I say that we get to really test Murphy’s Law (I know, Murphy is an Irish name, but c’mon, when does anything go wrong in Ireland in comparison to Baja?).
When things go wrong, that is where the adventure truly begins. And boy was it fun.
For weeks we had been tracking Hurricane Lorena running up the coast of Mainland Mexico. Is it going to hit our camp? Is it going to send extra swell and perfect conditions? The anticipation was killing me as I woke up each day leading up to the trip and checked the new path five different forecasts were reporting. In the end, Lorena wasn’t the problem. Mario was (I...
00:08 Shortboarder Video Example – Before and After 23% improvement - Drag’s Impact on Horizontal Balance, Creating a Drafting Cavity, and Tempo
01:20 More Progressive Force = More Effective Propulsion
03:22 Good Setup to Front Propulsive Phase
04:44 Longboarder Video Example – Before and After - A Key Difference in Technique between Shortboarder and Longboarder - Entry Point Same, Entry Angle is Different
06:11 Comparison of Entry Point and Entry Angle Between the Shortboarder Example and Longboarder Example
09:43 The Problem(s) with Over-Reaching
11:07 Me on a Prone Board Video Example - Lack of Effort Used, Entry Point, Hover Technique, Entry Angle, Top Speed Acceleration vs Steady Velocity
12:14 Is it Better to Stick with One Board to Learn Technique? Our Brain’s Ability to Change Motor...
In July I had the pleasure of joining Shane Carpenter, DPT to conduct a Webinar for her clients.
She has a great philosophy on healing the mind and body and in this webinar I shared some of my Level 1 Surfing Paddling Techniques.
Here is Part 1
00:16 Who am I (Rob)?
00:57 How did I get into working with surfers on paddling techniques?
02:46 What kind of injuries were I seeing and how does my program solve them?
04:18 Some common mistakes?
04:47 Shane’s most powerful takeaway for her from my Workshop
05:34 A common physical limitation for paddling she sees
07:50 Paddling Technique Overview – Introduction to Level 1
08:06 What’s the Big Deal?
11:07 Three Key Goals
12:44 Simple Solution to Achieve the Three Key Goals and How to Self Diagnose Yourself
13:04 Surfers' Common Fallacy on Paddling
14:08 How to Self Diagnose Yourself
14:55 Basis of Moving Through Water –...
Surf culture is difficult to get your head around sometimes. The term "Hardcore" specifically. This term is very common where I grew up and within the general surf population. What does it really mean? It truly depends on how is saying it.
When I was young, "hardcore" meant a surfer who shunned any assistance, charged waves without fear, and surfed all the time. And for many surfers, this is still a base definition. But that is slowly changing and I'm once again honored to be featured in an article by a "hardcore" surfer representing a "hardcore" brand. Well, maybe Birdwell wouldn't be considered hardcore by the above definition, but certainly has a deep connection to surf history and I'm honored nonetheless.
Jamie Brisick, whose bio you can read below, did a great job at consolidating all of the many thoughts in my head into a clear and concise article. And trust me, my words did not come out that clear when we...
I have been honored to be featured on Surfline a few times.
In this article, I shared some knowledge on Sprint Paddling (or Paddling to Catch a Wave).
Here is the article in case you missed it. It has several videos that go along with it:
Let me know if you have any questions!
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I was incredibly grateful to be interviewed for a paddling article Dean LaTourrette wrote. Volume 24 Number 6, pages 15-16. Jaime Mitchell bestows some simple tips for you that are spot on.
No URL link this time - hard copy only!! Get out there and grab a few Journals and enjoy!
I had such a blast being interviewed for this one. There was something about it that made it extra special. Maybe because it featured one of my earliest videos on paddling technique.
Did you know that thanks to the comments I received on this video, I decided to leave my full time consulting job to pursue a job that was not even created yet (as a paddling coach)? I know, crazy. But I'm so glad that I did because I get to work with some of the best people in the world.
Shortly after a webinar I conducted, I was contacted by the author of this article. She gained so much helpful information from the webinar that she wanted to feature me in her next article. I was very honored and grateful.
Here it is, in all it's glory.
Every time I run a Surf Trip I get nervous. I get nervous not because...
One of the most fun things I get to do is work with surfers on improving their surfing paddling technique, which in turn helps with their energy efficiency, power, and overall surfing experience.
In this surf simply podcast, I had the opportunity to share a few nuggets of information on paddling technique as well as nerd out on the technical side of paddling a surfboard.
Hope you enjoy and learn something new...
John John Florence is a great example of a strong paddler. In this video, John John Florence Sprint Paddling Technique, we investigate some key elements of a sprint paddling technique, which is slightly different than a regular paddling stroke. When do we sprint? Catching a wave, avoiding getting caught inside, or battling for priority in a competition.
Even though we spend less than 5% of our paddling time sprinting, it's a pretty important aspect to our arsenal!
The video goes more into detail of the following John John Florence Sprint Paddling Technique. Here is a summary:
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