Cause of surfing takeoff failure(3)-Why can’t you take off on steep/hollow waves? It’s because you don’t know the two purposes of paddling.

Cause of surfing takeoff failure(3)-Why can’t you take off on steep/hollow waves? It’s because you don’t know the two purposes of paddling.

Oliver
Oliver

Please listen to my worries. I was very scared yesterday.

What’s up?

Wavalien
Wavalien
Oliver
Oliver

It was a very steep waves yesterday. I couldn’t take off. I’m afraid of steep waves and I can’t help it.

The steep waves are scary. And take-off is difficult. Do you know why you fail to take off?

Wavalien
Wavalien
Oliver
Oliver

I paddle hard.

Why do you paddle so hard?

Wavalien
Wavalien
Oliver
Oliver

If the paddle is slow, I can’t take off.

And?

Wavalien
Wavalien
Oliver
Oliver

I’m only thinking about making the paddle faster.

Oliver, you’re not thoughtful. You only think about the speed of the paddle. You have to know another purpose of the paddle.

Wavalien
Wavalien
Oliver
Oliver

Another purpose? What is it?

Paddling has two purposes.
This time, I will talk about another purpose of the paddle.

Wavalien
Wavalien

What you can see in this article

Two purposes of paddling for a successful takeoff

1.To get the speed to take off

2.To reach the correct takeoff position at the right time

Two purposes of paddling for a successful takeoff / To get the speed to take.

Do you understand that paddle speed is important for a successful takeoff?

Wavalien
Wavalien
Oliver
Oliver

Yes I do.

So how many times do you paddle when you take off?

Wavalien
Wavalien
Oliver
Oliver

About 4 to 5 times.

Oh No, that’s no good. You understand the importance of paddling, but at that number you can’t take off on steep waves. You are a beginner You lack paddling skills and strength. Beginners should always paddle at least 10 times.

Wavalien
Wavalien
Oliver
Oliver

Is it 10 times?

That’s right.
There are cases where you can’t take off because you neglected to paddle once or twice. By paddling 10 times or more, you will be able to get the speed you need for your takeoff.

Wavalien
Wavalien
Oliver
Oliver

From now on, I will paddle more than 10 times each time.

 

Two purposes of paddling for a successful takeoff / To reach the correct takeoff position at the right time

Do you know the distance you can go in 10 paddlings?

Wavalien
Wavalien
Oliver
Oliver

Is it a distance? I’m only thinking about speeding up.

Another purpose of paddling is to reach the correct position for takeoff at the right time.
So surfers need to know how far they can go with their paddles.

Wavalien
Wavalien

It is a comparison of the number of paddles and the distance traveled.

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The figure above is a comparison of the number of paddles and the distance traveled. The blue surfboard surfers paddled 5 times. Orange surfboard surfers have paddled 10 times.

Wavalien
Wavalien
Oliver
Oliver

The distance traveled is different.

It is important to remember how far you will travel if you paddle 10 times.

Wavalien
Wavalien

The correct takeoff position is the vertical part of the wave top.

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The correct takeoff position is the vertical part of the top of the wave. It is the red square part. You need to reach this part with 10 paddles. Waves with steep angles move fast. This correct take-off position only appears for a moment. It is necessary to adjust the timing in this moment.

Wavalien
Wavalien

Check out the following articles for takeoff positions

Can you reach the correct takeoff position?

surfing-paddling-for-a-successful-takeoff-To-reach-the-correct-takeoff-position-at-the-right-time-methods
surfing-paddling-for-a-successful-takeoff-To-reach-the-correct-takeoff-position-at-the-right-time-methods-tips
Oliver
Oliver

The orange surfboard surfers have just reached the correct takeoff position with 10 paddles.

Orange surfboard surfers can take off successfully. Blue surfboard surfers will not be able to reach the correct takeoff position.

Wavalien
Wavalien

For steep waves, it is also important to put your hands on the surfboard. Please read the following article.

Wavalien
Wavalien
Summary

Two purposes of paddling for a successful takeoff

1.To get the speed to take off ⇒Paddle 10 times or more each time

2.To reach the correct takeoff position at the right time ⇒Remember how far you will travel if you paddle 10 times.

How was this article?
If you understand the two purposes of paddling, you can take off even steep waves.

Thank you for reading.

If you read the following articles, you will be able to take off in the shortest possible time.

The following article has a YouTube training video of Mick Fanning. It is a great video.

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Wetsuits are safety equipment/Especially beginners should wear wetsuits to protect their body and life

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