It enables us to reach the summit, shift around for a better position, triangulate, and catch waves.
Make no mistake: the more you practice paddling your surfboard, the better surfer you will become.
When paddling a surfboard to catch a wave, the ultimate goal is to equal the wave’s pace.
Another way, the goal is to maximize propulsion while reducing drag and resistance.
After establishing the appropriate balance lying on a surfboard, paddling is perhaps the first thing you should learn.
If you’re too far back, your surfboard won’t be able to position or gain speed, and you’ll bog down.
If you lean too far forward, there will be too much weight near the nose, causing the board to pearl or dive underwater.
As if Swimming
You’ll be able to spend more time in the water and catch more and better waves if you paddle well.
“Surfing is 70 percent paddling, 20 percent waiting for waves and getting in position, and just 10% being up and riding,” someone reportedly stated.
As a result, surfers’ upper body muscles are frequently overdeveloped.
Paddling is similar to front crawling if you’re a competent swimmer; the main difference is that there’s a flat surface beneath your body in surfing.
It’s time to start moving once you’ve become used to being centered on the board – not too far forward or backward.
The surfboard should be flat in the water, with the nose above the surface and your toes dangling from the tail.
It may take an hour or two to become used to the prone position, but it’s just time and practice.
Paddling a Surfboard 101
Let us now begin paddling toward the surf zone. What you’re going to do is:
1. Find a proper balance in the center of the board, with the stringer running parallel to your body’s center;
2. Look forward while raising your chest and arching your back.
3. Keep your feet out of the water, and your legs close together.
4. Cup your hands slightly, leaving a small gap between your fingers;
5. As your hand penetrates the water, keep your shoulder high.
6. When reaching forward for the stroke, bend your arm.
7. Complete a flowing stroke with one arm by gently pushing underwater and reaching out and back;
8. The push beneath the water should produce an S-curve movement for maximum thrust.
9. While the first arm relaxes and heals, move your weight to the opposite side and prepare your other arm for another stroke.
10. Switch arms and repeat the stroke movement;
Beginners should begin paddling as soon as a wave appears on the horizon to increase their speed.
When the wave catches you from behind, increase your paddling speed to match the unbroken wave’s speed.
Remember that the more surface area you have moving water with your hand, forearm, and arm, the faster you’ll paddle.
You do not, however, need to splash water.
The final two strokes are frequently crucial; you’ll either catch the wave or get left behind.
Both arms will work beautifully like a windmill, and the board will travel slowly through the water in the perfect paddling stroke.
Beginner surfers frequently make the mistake of stroking both arms simultaneously.
Although this was a popular method in the early days of surfing, it is not the most efficient way to paddle a surfboard and catch more waves.
Three-time world champion Andy Irons once said, “The most common reason someone misses a wave is because they don’t paddle hard enough for it.”
“You must stroke furiously. Match the speed of the wave traveling through the water towards you by getting your board moving as quickly as possible in the water.”
A competent and effective paddling technique will result in a small side-to-side movement of the body and surfboard as a natural result of the stroke cycle.
In the forward crawl, the shoulder of the recovering arm is always higher than the pushing/pulling arm.
You’ll be weary after the first two to four sessions, and your upper body muscles will be sore for a few days.
However, the physical ache goes away quickly.
The paddling technique comes before the pop-up/take-off movement, an important part of surfing.