A quick learn to surf guide
for newcomers to the sport/lifestyle/obsession of surfing
How to Duck Dive a Surfboard
Here is how
to do a duck dive
Step one- pushing the nose under
Basically we are just lifting up from the
surfboard from where we are laying, you don't need to move up
or down the surfboard. Many times I see people trying to duck
dive by moving up the surfboard, which causes them to lose balance
and reduces the pressure on the back of the surfboard by the
knee. Moving up the surfboard will never allow them to get deep
enough to clear the bottom of the wave.
As the wave
approaches, paddle hard towards the wave to give some
momentum, then put your hands on the rails, around shoulder
level, and push the nose of the board under the water.
arms out, which will push your board further underwater.
At the same
time push your body away from the board, so you have one
knee on the board (your foot for big waves) applying pressure
so you are more or less level under the water.
As the wave
passes over you, start to push your surfboard forward/down,
releasing the pressure from your arms will aim the board
up and out behind the wave.
As you reach
the surface you should be back in a paddling position.
You know when you have
done a good duck dive when you go under the wave and feel
very little pull from the wave
Straightening your arms
Arms straight and knee on the board
Start paddling as soon as you break
the surface of the water. Not doing this, on bigger waves,
could result in you and your board being sucked back into
the breaking wave, not fun as entering a breaking wave from
the back like this gives you a real pounding!!
We've all been sucked backward over
the falls before and it makes you all the more determined
for it to not happen again!
Always Duck Dive before the wave
reaches you so you have time to go under. A common mistake
is to leave it too late and the whitewater will catch you
and pull you back towards the beach.
Remember learning to duck dive takes
a lot of practice to get it right. You should be able to
duck dive in flat water once you get the hang of it - just
like ducks do!!
The Turtle Roll
Duck diving a 7 feet or longer surfboard
becomes quite difficult especially if the surfboard has
a wide nose like a longboard. A big surfboard floats very
well and is difficult to push under the water. If you can't
go deep enough duck diving to get under the wave the wave
will push you back towards the shore.
In this case, don't be a duck......
be a turtle dude!!!
Turtle rolls are not a fun thing
to do, but they are essential, if you want to make you way
out the back and get threw those walls of whitewater.
Here's what you do...
As the wave approaches hold the
rails of the surfboard, around where you would put your
hands to stand up, or 1/4 to 1/3 of the way from the nose
of the board, and lean to one side causing you and the
surfboard to go upside down.
You are now under the water,
under your surfboard. Best for your body to be in an upright
position at this stage. That is at 90 degree angle to
your board, not parallel, this will help to create resistance
against the pull of the wave.
For small waves, hold your surfboard
at least 2-3 feet from the nose on each rail and pull
the nose of the board under the water. This will cause
the wave to pass over the surfboard without catching it
and pulling it back.
With big waves a lot of force is required to pull the
board far enough under the water and to counter the force
of the wave, so the wave passes over.
The most important thing is to be upside
down, under the water, before the wave gets to you.
Be careful not to hlod the board
to far back as it can make it easier for the wave to get
under the board and wrentch it out of your hands.
- You should feel the surfboard push down
and up from the wave going over, this is usually how you
know you have done a good roll
Once the wave has passed, flip
the board back over, and get back on.
There you have it!
You're a Turtle Dude!
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