Hey all, I have been questioning myself about duck dive...
Since I finally had money to buy 4/3 wetsuit three months ago so I can surfing in the 35-45 degrees water... but I noticed my duck dive is different now. My board is 6'2" Rusty Bob 2 1/4" thickness... When I duck dive with rough rip current, for example today waves in NJ, waves intend catch me and pulls me back and made me paddle longer ha....my board isn't buoy enough to dive and resist the rip current under the wave..... I only weights 160lbs and I assume with full wetsuit adds up 10-15lbs while in the ocean. So do you think with the wetsuit adds up weight on the board affects the duck dive?
im no cold water warrior. but where I live in the summer the water is 70 winter gets about 57. I go from boardies to a 4 mil fullsuit and my duckdiving is never affected.
so what I gather is that it is probably the fact that u r exposing urself to super cold water.
I mean, today the water temp is 58 and I duck dive as little as possible. and if its not a big wave, I don't go deep at all. its just a natural reaction. the colder and darker the water, the more I don't want to duck dive deep. I think its a physical response. tighter muscles and a mental thing.
just guessing tho.
jamie obrien did a cool article a few years back in surfer mag. he said how once u go down on ur initial duckdive, to hold both rails;about mid way up the side, then move the board back and forth downwards, side to side and the board will drive u down deeper. its a weird screwdriver affect. im not too good at it, but jamie says he can get like 20 feet deep with his board in hand.
Yeah maybe that ha... I haven't surf since September because of college which is far away from the ocean. I think I haven't gotten used with thicker wetsuit and colder water. I just realized I never thought of that the colder water the more dense which make it more difficult even with wetsuit... I gotta practice and get used with it. Thanks tho guys.
a 4/3 isn't thick enough for this time of year in NJ, I mean, you can do it, I did it for years as a broke-ass HS and college student, but your not going to last that long. Meaning your muscles start to lose power and flexibility very quickly, esp. during a duck dive where you're gonna have some flushing - thats why its harder. Also -- a heavier suit isn't going to make it easier to dive -the opposite in fact, as its more bouyant.