Surfing Paddling Technique

TIMING

Paddling for a wave is all about timing. Always stay in front of the wave, so position yourself correctly and start paddling early. Remember the faster the wave, the faster you need to paddle.

POSITION ON BOARD

Find the sweet spot on your board. Don’t lie to far back so the nose will lift up and push water. If you position yourself too far forward your board will nose dive into the water.

Try not to lean too far to the left or right, stay balanced. Keep your board flat on the water.

DON’T USE TWO ARMS

When paddling you need a constant planing speed. If you paddle with both arms you will momentarily lose momentum and speed. When you double-paddle you will jerk forward and then slow down. The ideal surf paddling technique resembles a freestyle swimming stroke.

STAY RELAXED

When paddling make sure you don’t tense up and get stressed. Relax the shoulders and don’t stiffen your facial muscles. Breathe in through your nose and focus on your technique.

LONG STROKES

Take long smooth strokes. Fully extend your arm, go deep and make sure you complete the rotation all the way to your thighs. Long smooth movements instead of quick and jerky.