Does an one have tips for duck diving deeper? I'm only 5'2 and 95 lbs. and it seems every time I duck dive instead of going under the wave I just get pushed back 20 ft.
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Thread: Duck Dive Troubles
Duck Dive Troubles
Jan 7, 2013, 04:37 AM #2
how big is ur board? i dont think 95 pounds is sinking much of anything haha. 1. paddle hard 2. push the nose under 3. push back foot but really try being heavy on the back foot
Its 5'9 x 18 5/8 x 2
Jan 7, 2013, 05:28 AM #4Junior Member
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i had that problem for a long time, finally it clicked after ten years of going just a few inches under and being pushed back. (i'm 5'8 120 ride a 6') I practically do a handstand over the front of the board while kicking my back foot up way over my head, wing it way up there...way more than seems appropriate. you'll need all your 90 something pounds directed over the nose to sink it enough. i think being smaller things need to be more exaggerated. when you're under as far as it will go pull it in towards your chest hard with your hands while kicking the tail down and that'll scoop you in a long arc. hope that helps.
Jan 7, 2013, 04:39 PM #5
A smaller board would make it a lot easier but perhaps you will grow into this board
Jan 7, 2013, 04:41 PM #6
Get into the dive a little earlier then you normally do, and come up swinging.
Jan 7, 2013, 05:58 PM #7
Momentum, you need lots of it going into a duckdive if you want to come out the other end with any forward prorgress. Paddle really hard up until you get about 3-5 feet from the face, grip the rails of the nose, push down as hard as you can like doing a handstand / push up, time it so that you are fully under water before you get crushed by the whitewater. Foot on the bottom with some push from your leg as the wave is mowing you down will propel you out the back of the wave. If you start getting dragged back just start paddling ASAP without losing your board. Lastly, eat something and get some weight to push that board down better HAHA
OK thanks for all the help
Jan 7, 2013, 08:16 PM #9
Jan 8, 2013, 12:15 AM #10Senior Member
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I've seen this technique done rather smoothly in online videos but when I do it on my 9'2 x 22 x 3 entering whitewater I usually end up dunking the nose and lifting the tail into the oncoming foam. It sort-of works but I feel as though I never have enough leverage in my back foot to push the tail under. Doing this into the wave face is no problem.
I gotta hear more about your technique because during the Dog Days on the East Coast this log is frequently the only board that works, although I am scheming for a Mini Simmons-esque board this year. Not sure of the volume of the 9'2 but I'm 5'10 @170 so I should be able to force something better to happen.