Should you kick when paddling for a wave?

Don’t paddle; simply kick your feet. Are you moving forward? Yes, you are. If you still can’t see yourself splashing water while paddling out or fighting for a fast-moving wave, then, at least, give it a go when you’re really tired or entering your 40s.

How do I transition to a shorter surfboard?

Take your time. Size down, ride the surfboard for a few sessions until it starts feeling somewhat normal, and then size down again. You’ll most likely need to go through this process at least 5-10 times to transition comfortably from riding a 9′ longboard to a 6′ thruster or alternative shape shortboard.

How do I get better at paddling?


  1. Check to make sure you are in your ‘sweet spot’ before you start paddling out!
  2. Keeping your head up helps you paddle faster!
  3. Big or small, stretching helps everyone before you head out into the water!
  4. Strength and cardio training will also help your paddling speed!

Why do surfers drag their hand in the wave?

Hand Dragging Whenever you’re going too fast and heading into the shoulder of the wave, drag your hand – or even both – in the face of the wave to slow down the speed. For example, if you’re in the barrel, get your inside hand in the water, and grab your outside rail with the other hand.

Is it harder to ride a short surfboard?

A shortboard doesn’t float as good as a longboard which means it takes more work to move. You’ll no longer be just gliding over the water. You also now have the ability to duck dive under waves which also takes a lot of practice to get used to.

Can you ride a shortboard in small waves?

Small waves are hard to generate speed on with a shortboard. To effectively gain speed on a small wave with your shortboard, you will first need to paddle with a purpose. This means paddling into waves as hard as you can until you feel your board has caught the wave.

Where do you stand on a short board?

There is no perfect foot placement on a shortboard Both feet, but especially the back foot, should be adjusted almost continuously as you surf depending on what the wave is doing and how you are trying to surf the wave.

Is paddling a surfboard good exercise?

It is a great move to strengthen your back and core muscles. You already know the real superman had a back of steel, but you are only mere mortal. So if you have to work your back muscles to be strong to withstand the demands of paddling. This exercise works on your back muscles and help to improve you posture.

Why do I get so tired surfing?

Surfing is an exhausting sport because surfers are pushing their limits while trying to harness their fears. Regardless of experience level, surfers are constantly challenging themselves both physically and mentally in an effort to catch and ride waves.

Why do surfers wake up so early?

Light offshore winds are the most important reason for why the surf is better in the morning and evenings. As a basic rule of thumb, the winds are typically lighter in the morning, stronger in the afternoon and occasionally become light again just in time for a beautiful sunset session.

How to reduce resistance when paddle boarding?

Reduce resistance by kneeling. You will use less energy this way. In some cases, the resistance will still be strong even when in a kneeling position. Lie down on your stomach and put your paddle under you. Then paddle with your hands. 15. Wear the Right Clothes People SUP all year round.

What to do if you fall off a paddle board?

Aim yourself to the side, so that you fall into the water and not onto the board. Falling onto the board is more likely to cause an injury. Try to hang onto your paddle while falling. If you get separated from it, retrieve your board first and get back on, then paddle with your hands to get the paddle.

How to paddle board like a pro?

25 SUP Board Tips – How To Paddle Board Like A Pro Today. 1 1. Get a Good SUP and Paddle. This goes without saying. The paddle board and paddle you choose determine whether you have a great or frustrating time. 2 2. Use a Leash. 3 3. Hold Your Paddle Properly. 4 4. Learn the Right Paddle Strokes. 5 5. Don’t SUP if You Can’t Swim.

How do I choose the best day to paddleboard?

Choose a sunny day with little to no wind. If your route requires that you paddle into the wind, do so on your way out so you can get a boost from the wind on the way back when you’re getting tired. Go with a friend so you can keep an eye on each other.