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10 Tips for proper paddling while surfing

World class tipsfor surfing effectively.

First the work, then the pleasure – so does the surfing. However, as you make the work more bearable and the pleasure in the length pull, you can read in my ten tips to the right paddle surfing!

1.Position is everything!

You must be positioned correctly on the board so that your surfboard can slide optimally. If you lie too far in front of your surfboard, then the nose plunges in and you do a somersault while paddling. If you lie too far back, look at your board tip in the sky and your board can not slip properly.

Try to put yourself on your board so that your breastbone is about two-thirds of the length of your board – so you have the optimal position to use your arms effectively (hint: the logo of the company or the shaper is often at that Location!). This figure varies depending on the shape of the board, but you can remember this tip. You’re right when you paddle the board nose just above the surface of the water on both a longboard and a shortboard.


  1. You only have two arms, use them wisely!

If you are just learning to surf, you tend to paddle with both arms at the same time, or to pull your hands too flat through the water. Not correct! You use too much energy and move the board only ineffectively.

Paddle with both arms alternating – as with the crawl. First, you get more balance on the board, second you paddlest much more effective, and thirdly it does not look so stupid! Imagine that right at your top of the board are wooden beams in the water, where you can hold on and pull forward – so you bring the power from the arms optimally into the water. With the actual arm pull you bring the arms under water in the elbow slightly angled with the hands under the board to the back.

Here you can see how you can train the effective and correct arm movement:

  1. Chill!

Try to keep your upper body steady, and use only your arms to paddle. Raise your head slightly and look at the water surface about two meters in front of you (ok, from time to time also, you have to find your waves!).

Stretch the muscles in the back and lower back to keep the upright position – at the same time you should try to stay loose in the shoulder strap. If you get tired, sometimes a few swimming pools in the water without a board help – relaxes and loosens the muscles.

  1. Do not paddle like a dolphin on coke !

Try to paddle slowly and relaxed. You are just as fast and the strength is longer. Try to paddle continuously and keep your surfboard evenly moving. If the board is “in motion”, you need less force!

Exception: Just before you take the wave, you should of course give a little gas!

  1. Paddle Effective!

Take a look at world class swimmer – the types are not to be outdated in effectiveness! Dive your arms deeply, pull under the board all the way back. Try to pull evenly and find your rhythm.

Use the force in the underwater phase and take the momentum to “hurry” the arms above water. If you concentrate on it, you can actively relax your arms in the “overcoming phase” of the train

  1. Be tender!

Dive your hands “streamlined” into the water and do not hit the water surface. Firstly, you are so easily out of balance, secondly you never find a rhythm; thirdly, it looks stupid.

Think again of the wooden beams in front of you in the water, try to reach these with your middle finger first. Focus on relaxing your hands – no joke, who cramps the hands when paddling, the strictly the whole arm musculature unnecessarily!

  1. Horny ass!

Try to stretch your buttocks a little, which helps you to be more stable on the surfboard. Automatically your shoulders go up a little, you can more effectively paddeln and have a better overview of the line-up. In addition, the external representation top!

  1. Feet allowed!

Try to relax your legs and feet. If you’re just learning to surf, you’ll know muscle soreness in the back thighs! A beginner tends to strain the legs constantly, which is not necessary when paddling. The legs only serve as a counterweight to the upper body and the balance when paddling.

“Loop” your legs parallel behind you, do not make a balancing act. However, if you paddle the shaft you can support it with a slight crawl. If you’re watching good surfers, you’ll see that they’re even banging their feet to relax. Just try it out!

  1. Breathe!

You work physically, so breathe! Many who just learn to surf forget the even breathing. This leads to side stabbing, fatigue and can become dangerous with a wave wipe-out – you need all your air!

Exercises on land, meditation and yoga help to control your breathing under stress. You can also link your breathing with your armrests: three arm lifts, inhale, three arm lifts, exhale!

  1. Be punctual!

Timing is everything. If you follow the above points, you will automatically be sitting in the sweet spot quite automatically! The timing of surfing is a real exercise, especially the “wave reading” is getting more time in line-up getting better! However, it can never hurt to have the necessary power and technique from the beginning to get to the right place to get up.

If your wave comes, try to tackle in time, just before getting up on the board again with two to three arm pulls properly gas – and off goes the wild ride!

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Marine Biology, History, and Recreational Field Trips

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A typical day program consists of 6-8 hours of programming, in addition to an hour for lunch. Overnight programs consist of 6-8 hours of day programming, lunch, dinner, and a 1 hour evening program. Additional evening activities are readily available in the area. Program times are designed to fit group needs. You may choose ANY combination of programs to fill your day. Actual program schedules are planned according to tides and weather conditions.

Typical 2-day/1night program

Day 1 Breakfast
Beach Ecology Marsh Ecology
Recreational Component
Night Program

Day 2
Invertebrates or Rocky Intertidal
Habitat Hike (Carolina Beach State Park)
History Component
Leave by 3pm (departure time depends on group needs)


Marine Biology Components
• Beach Ecology
• Salt Marsh Ecology
• Invertebrates of the Dock
• Rocky Outcrop Study
• Coastal Habitats Nature Walk
• Ft. Fisher Aquarium Trip
• Remote Island Boat Trips

Cape Fear History Components
• Fort Fisher
Fort Caswell

• Ft. Fisher Hermit’s Beach and Bunker
• Sugar Loaf Dune
• Native Americans of the Cape Fear Region


Recreational Components
• Kayaking
• Map & Compass
• Team building
• Fishing
• Overnight Camping

Evening Programs
• Shark Talk
Sea Turtle Talk
• Night Walk
• Astronomy