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Learn To Surf Part 2 - Develop Your Paddling Skills

May 23, 2008
The art of paddling

Before reading this article, you should have read the first article on choosing a board, and have a sturdy old larger board ready to go.

The smaller your board the harder it will be to paddle, you will need to balance it, as well as deal with the added resistance of the board sinking or sitting lower in the water.

Either way, you now need to get feel for your surfboard, big or small, before taking on the surf and swell.

Find a calm section of water, a beach with no swell or even a river, it is not necessary, but if you can get your position right on the board before going out and getting hit by the swells, you will get through the breakers more easily.

Now that you have some confidence on your board, you can start to paddle out through the surf. Begin by first walking your board out to waist height, or whatever depth you can easily get onto your board. After a small swell or broken wave passes, get onto your board, laying so your chest is above central half way up between the nose and middle, then once the board stabilizes level out your board and begin to paddle.

The further back you lay on the board the more resistance you will encounter, you don't won't the nose to far up in the air, as the tail will drag in the water more.

As you reach choppier water, you can lean back a bit and lift up the nose some more, keep your chest up so you don't get swamped, you don't want the nose going under the little waves or swells, because it will slow you down.

You should be using deep strokes, and have your hands cupped to get the most speed out of your board. By creating more resistance with your paddling and using more energy on each stroke you will move much faster.

Your deep strokes may use more energy in the short term, but by getting out quicker, and dealing with less waves, you will end up using much less overall, and still have energy to catch a wave.

Alright then, once you got that down pat, the next step is getting through the larger or breaking waves, so read the next lesson to learn how to duckdive and roll.
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