by nz girl » Fri Apr 09, 2004 10:36 am
by Inletsurfer » Sat Apr 10, 2004 3:28 am
by nz girl » Sun Apr 11, 2004 5:24 am
by saffasurfer7 » Sun Apr 11, 2004 1:01 pm
by sinistapenguin » Thu Apr 15, 2004 10:05 am
by jonny » Tue May 11, 2004 6:57 am
by nz girl » Mon May 31, 2004 3:59 am
by nz girl » Tue Jun 01, 2004 5:32 am
swimer + surfer wrote:Defintiely go the s-shape when paddling the board. To increae your paddling spped swim some laps on the days it is flat. Believe me it will improve your paddling, your balance when surfing and your energy levels. As a recen convert to swimming using the s-shape I can't believe the improvemnt in my swimming and booard paddling.
by Ozzie » Fri Jul 30, 2004 7:55 am
by jethro-bodine » Fri Jul 30, 2004 9:13 am
by flex » Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:49 am
saffasurfer7 wrote:one good tip about paddling is a similar technique to the swimming stroke, crawl. instead of just dropping your hands in and pushing back to bring them out again do an S-shape underwater. As you drop your right hand in, pull it out to the right a little and curve it back to the left almost under the board (actually I think your hand does go under the board a bit, I'll have to think about that when I'm next paddling) and then pull it to the right again to bring it out the water. Don't know if that makes sense but basically the S-shape thing is what I mean. You may even be doing it already. Another thing I find when paddling out is paddling with both hands together as opposed to one at a time gives me pretty good speed in the water.
Guess it's all about preference at the end of the day. Not everyone's technique is the same. But definitely try the S-shape if you're not doing it already, it does make a difference.
The strength is the key too. Take Inletsurfer's advice on that one. Few sets of push-ups a day should help...Good luck.
by joem » Tue Jan 22, 2008 4:33 pm
Brent wrote:So why don't most average surfers do weights, train or even practice like that ??? buggered if I know.....look in any surfing mag, look at the likes of Kelly Slater & Andy Irons (especially), look at the rigs on those guys...if you think they don't do serious weights & train hard on dry land....who's kidding who...I read somewhere many of them even do Yoga these days....
by Otter » Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:10 am
by flex » Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:23 am
Otter wrote:Like Big Z says, "Long, smooth strokes." Pretend like there's a diamond ring on the bottom and you could reach down and pick it up... OK, that's lame, but the idea is sound. Reach as far forward as you can, I cup my hands, dig down as deep as you can and follow through pushing back as much water as you can for as long as you can with each stroke.
I'll bet your real problem is positioning on your board though. If you're to far back, you're pushing alot of extra water out of the way. This will seriously deplete your speed and make you tired much more quickly. Try to position yourself so that our board planes over the water, rather than pushes through it. Your speed will definitely improve if this is the issue.
On a board like that, you may also find that by using your knees, you can change the center of gravity sufficiently to make a difference in your paddling speed. Ever watch the old surfer movies, and the guys paddling out all have their feet out of the water with knees fully bent? They are using the weight of their lower legs to change the center of gravity. The "sweet spot" is actually the center of gravity. To paddle faster they may bend their knees at 45+ degrees, if they run into chop or rougher water, they lower their legs to pull the nose up a bit. Not alot of people use this technique here in So Cal, but I find it very effective and have been doing it since I started surfing.
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