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Originally Posted by epidemicepic
anyways, i usually sprint most of the way out. If its a really long paddle then i will slow it down until i hit the impact zone.
Good observations on the the momentum into duck dives, i always try to speed up b4 a good duck !~
i always try and save all my power on the paddle out at the start of the session and then when i do hit the impact zone i speed it up. plus it helps for me since im required to swim as a lifeguard and swimming is what has helped me in paddling alot. but if its a paddle out after catching a wave and if i ride it to the mid break ill speed paddle back out just to catch more waves.
I take the "slow and steady win's the race" strategy. I paddle at a steady pace, until I see a window between sets that I think I can sprint through. I try to just keep making progress without wearing out the arms....as soon as I see the opening to the outside, I sprint the final stretch.
I rarely surf when theres more then 2 of my friends around. Sometimes i just have to ditch the longboard or shot.....BUT i hold the leash at the very beginning at the velcro and and bring it down with me.. it doesnt go flailing around. But if im alone.. i let that shiit go flying behind me!!
A technique flaw that's hard to break in duckdiving that I figured out not too long ago is that you really need to get your body flush with your board when you go into the actual "going underneath the wave" step of it. It's hard to realize that you're not doing it right however, so next time you're duckdiving, take note of whether or not your bum is getting you sucked back... that means you need to push that bum flat and get it nice and close to your board... it's pretty much a pelvic thrust, don't worry, only the fishes will see you do it.
Duckdiving can be enjoyable when you successfully evade the turbulence and calmly float back up, it's like your personal mini zen.