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    Taking Off

    So I've been surfing for 5 years now and go out every swell no matter the conditions and have caught a good amount solid waves when it's going off. But last friday I was in the water (on my shortboard for the first time in awhile) and didn't have much luck taking off. I don't know if I just couldn't position myself right, if the offshore-ness was making the waves seem much easier to catch than they were, or if it was all mental, nonetheless, it discouraged me. Any idea what could have been the issue? I know it's prob weird answering "how to catch a wave" thread, but I'm def not a ****ty surfer and I couldn't draw a line to save my life. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patgeds22 View Post
    So I've been surfing for 5 years now and go out every swell no matter the conditions and have caught a good amount solid waves when it's going off. But last friday I was in the water (on my shortboard for the first time in awhile) and didn't have much luck taking off. I don't know if I just couldn't position myself right, if the offshore-ness was making the waves seem much easier to catch than they were, or if it was all mental, nonetheless, it discouraged me. Any idea what could have been the issue? I know it's prob weird answering "how to catch a wave" thread, but I'm def not a ****ty surfer and I couldn't draw a line to save my life. Thanks.
    Probably need more time paddling around the smaller board. I too have had this issue before, and it usually is when i'm trying to paddle out on a smaller board I haven't been on in a while. I got spoiled by my larger board and how easy it is to paddle that when i finally got back on my smaller board my paddling power diminished slightly enough to where i wasn't getting into the wave.

    What I do now is swim laps in a pool as much as possible in between sessions along with my full work out routine, and when I hit the water again it's like I haven't really missed a day. Another tip is keep your chin down and focus on keeping the board steady as you paddle for the wave to get as much glide / momentum going as possible.

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    if it was really junky and choppy, that's tough to catch wave in.

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    I've found that once it starts getting a bit bigger it helps to sit forward more on your board. You can really lean forward and paddle less, but you have to counter balance once your up or you going to dip your nose. Try altering your positioning and really paddle as damn hard as you can.

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    if the wind was really strong offshore like you said, that could be the case. most people sit way too far outside when the wind is blowing hard offshore because it looks like the wave is about to break on you when that really isn't the case. the wind holds the face up for a while before it throws so you have alot of time to get into the wave

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    Quote Originally Posted by ND081 View Post
    if the wind was really strong offshore like you said, that could be the case. most people sit way too far outside when the wind is blowing hard offshore because it looks like the wave is about to break on you when that really isn't the case. the wind holds the face up for a while before it throws so you have alot of time to get into the wave
    So true, i've found that you gotta give it another 2-3 strokes right when you think you've paddled enough on days like this

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    excellent help my friends

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    wave catching

    Just wondering how strong the current was.Maybe you were paddling against a rip without even knowing it.

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    put your keys in your left pocket. It helped Tin cup with the shanks...

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    When I'm having trouble getting into waves, I usually start paddling with both arms and then progress from there.

    On a serious note, I have always had a bad habit that resurfaces every once in a while without warning: grabbing my rail instead of keeping my hands flat on the deck while popping up. I often notice when I'm wondering why my takeoff seems slow and my weight/balance feels off. The answer always comes: "Erock, QUIT BEING A FORGETFUL KOOK!"