Question: When you paddle out, lets say on a decent sized day that you know is not going to be the easiest of tasks, do you start off from the beach and paddle as hard as you can to get beyond the breakers or do you casually paddle (reserving energy) until you get to the impact zone then go hard? Just wondering
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Thread: Paddle Out
May 19, 2011, 12:34 AM #1
May 19, 2011, 12:47 AM #2
Wait for some kind of lull, but that doesnt happen.. Try to go casually and reserve energy. You want to duck dive the white wash if possible and not have the lip go on your head. Or paddle in the face of the wave and go into it like a ghost.
May 19, 2011, 12:49 AM #3Senior Member
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I don't paddle as hard as I can, but I don't casually stroll to the impact zone either. I try and time the sets as best as I can, and once I go, pretty much hustle the whole way out. I try and leave a little extra gas in the tank so if I have to, I can sprint paddle a wave or a set as I get to the impact zone if I have to.
May 19, 2011, 01:11 AM #4
Thanks for the replies! I guess I do both ways sometimes, but I am just trying to get a feel on what other people do and their thoughts on the matter. Let's say its a decent sized short period windswell where there is minimal lulls between sets.
May 19, 2011, 01:14 AM #5
May 19, 2011, 05:29 AM #6
LOL...What a kook machine! Defeats the physical and spiritual aspect of surfing! Couldn't you just see someone getting dragged along by this thing if it doesn't cut off after wiping out. I guess those with disabilities or lifeguards it might be a good thing, but anyone else using this should get dropped in on.
May 19, 2011, 02:09 PM #7Senior Member
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Yeah my duck diving sucks. So on big days I suffer.
May 19, 2011, 02:31 AM #8
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usually the 2nd for me. i suck at getting out cause my duck dives suffer lol. but even then, thats not what i do. i always ride a jetty's eddy out and/or walk it most of the way. if no eddy, i walk the jetty anyways and then push it hard for the rest of the way.
my spots almost always 1)have a really short paddle out or 2)jetty express ride
May 19, 2011, 03:03 AM #9
Im usually like a tweaking crack head by the time I get to the water. I dive over the shore break and scrap until im there. Something important to remember about paddling (like boating), is momentum. I try to come into the impact zone with as much momentum as possible- deeper duck dives and you spend less time inside. Simple physics, DAWG. Watch kelly paddle, that video of him freesurfing in Rio before the contest is a great example, he is doing windmills out there.
Last edited by leethestud; May 19, 2011 at 03:13 AM.
I usually go to about chest deep...I'm pretty tall a t 6'3, and then wait for the lull and haul it out there. Most people I see instantly start paddleing as soon as their fins can't touch the sand which does not work for me. If you have a jetty use it. It's like a free ride. if the current is moving pretty fast, paddle as fast as you can and you'll be moving at 5-10 mph.