Causes of surfing takeoff failure. (2)-Because you are not in the correct position on the surfboard.

Causes of surfing takeoff failure. (2)-Because you are not in the correct position on the surfboard.

Oliver
Oliver

Wavalien, help me!

What’s up?

Wavalien
Wavalien
Oliver
Oliver

I can’t take off. I’m very disappointed.

Is the timing right for the correct takeoff position?

Wavalien
Wavalien
Oliver
Oliver

I fail even in the correct takeoff position.

Is the surfboard horizontal?

Wavalien
Wavalien
Oliver
Oliver

I’m trying to level my surfboard, but the tail is lifted by the waves. The waves leave me behind.

Are you looking horizontally?

Wavalien
Wavalien
Oliver
Oliver

I look horizontally.

Are you paddling hard?

Wavalien
Wavalien
Oliver
Oliver

Yes I am.

Well, I’m sure your position on your surfboard is bad.
This time, I will teach you the correct position on the surfboard.

Wavalien
Wavalien
What you can see in this article

・Position on the surfboard for a successful takeoff.

・In my case, the difference in knee position between paddling and takeoff

・How to make sure you are in the right position every time

Position on the surfboard for a successful takeoff

The position on the surfboard is very important. If you load it forward, the nose will sink. If you load it backwards, the tail will sink. In both cases, the surfboard does not advance. Find a position to keep the surfboard level.

Don’t be sloppy. Move your body back and forth by 0.5 inches. Then find the position where the surfboard is level.

In my case, the difference in knee position between paddling and takeoff

Oliver
Oliver

Is position so important?

It’s very important. In my case, the position is slightly different when moving with the paddle and when taking off. At takeoff, I put my knees just in front of the traction pad kick, as shown in the picture below.

Wavalien
Wavalien

Surfboard / Channel Islands : Model name unknown for Taylor Knox (Al Merrick hand-shaped)

6’3″ 18 1/2 “ 2 3/8″  volume: unknown

See the image below. The take-off is behind the knee position than when paddling.

When moving by paddlingWhen to take off
Position-on-the-surfboard-for-a-successful-takeoff-paddlingPosition-on-the-surfboard-for-a-successful-takeoff

Surfboard / Pyzel surfboards the Ghost

Size 6’2″ 19 1/8″ 2 3/8″ 28.4L

The ghost is a surfboard for big and steep waves. Due to the round pin tail, the tail width is narrow. That’s why it’s difficult for me to put my knees on the takeoff.

When moving by paddlingWhen to take off
Position-on-the-surfboard-for-a-successful-takeoff-paddlingPosition-on-the-surfboard-for-a-successful-takeoff

Surfboards / Pyzel surfboards Gremlin

Size 5’4″ 19 3/4″ 2 3/8″ 27.9L

Gremlin is a surfboard used for small waves and weak waves. The tail width is wide to make it easier to catch the force of the waves. So it’s easy for me to put my knees on the takeoff. From this point as well, beginner surfers will find it easier to take off with a wider surfboard.

When moving by paddlingWhen to take off
Position-on-the-surfboard-for-a-successful-takeoffPosition-on-the-surfboard-for-a-successful-takeoff

In my case, I put my knees just in front of the traction pad kick on any length of surfboard.
This position makes it easy for the surfboard to start running when the tail is lifted into the waves at takeoff. The success rate of takeoff is greatly increased.

Wavalien
Wavalien

I think the position where you can take off depends on the height and weight of the surfer and the size of the surfboard. Find the right position for you and your surfboard.

Wavalien
Wavalien

How to make sure you are in the correct position every time

Every time you need to be in a position where you can easily take off. To do this, remember where your knees are placed on the traction pad. The most accurate judgment is based on the position of the traction pad and the knee.

There are surfers who visually judge the position of the logo in front of the surfboard. But this is very inaccurate. Also, depending on the surfboard, the position of the logo will be different, so this is a bad method.

Oliver
Oliver

Thanks so much. I will try this method.

This time I’ve talked to you about a very important method. This method increases the success rate of takeoffs. However, few surfers may be aware of this method. If you want more successful takeoffs than your rivals, you shouldn’t tell them.

Wavalien
Wavalien

How was this article?
I hope this article has helped you.

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

What beginners should do to avoid surfing accidents and injuries

Great effect of pull up exercise / Strengthening paddling and duck dive / Whole body stretching / Back pain care

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

How to choose a surfboard for surfing beginners to improve

Waves and surfing spots suitable for beginner practice /wave size/wavelength

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