How To Paddle
To position yourself in the best spot to catch a ride in anything more than waist-deep water, you’ll need to paddle your board whilst lying on top.
The correct place to lie to reduce drag and move through the swell most efficiently is in the centre of your board. The nose of your board should be around 5 cm out the water – lie too far back and this distance will increase. Lie too far forwards and your nose will plummet.
Arch your back to reduce weight on the board and get in the best position for paddling. Your head and shoulders can weigh around 20 kg on the board, so arching your back is essential. Imagine there is a football under your chin, resting on the board to maintain the position.
Keep your body steady in the middle of the board, and paddle perpendicular to the wave facing the beach, until you have fully caught the wave.