Today I would like to provide a supplementary explanation of the HOW TO video on my YouTube channel.
“How to paddle twice as fast as you can now. （Longboarding）”
Surfing means " riding on waves", so we usually think only about catching waves and forget to think about paddling, but paddling is a very important part of surfing because you can't ride on waves if you can't paddle, or even you can't get out.
That's why I made this video on effective paddling techniques.
There are two important points to consider.
1. whether you paddle well or not (technique)
2. whether you get tired easily or not in paddling
There are many people who don't seem to be aware of #2, but it's actually important.
As I mentioned earlier, in order to surf, you have to paddle out first of all, and then you have to paddle to ride the waves.
In other words, paddling is an absolutely essential part of surfing.
You spend far more time paddling than you do riding the waves, right?
If you get old or if you are a weak woman, it can happen that you're so tired and exhausted from paddling that you can't do anything when you finally get on the wave.
That would be a waste!
So, it's important to know how to paddle effectively and save your energy.
So what should we do?
“Do push-ups and work on your arm strength!”
It's not easy to do strength training.
Instead, why don't you learn to paddle more efficiently?
Even if you have enough strength and stamina, I bet you don't want to get tired easily.
So what you should do first of all is to learn to use two kinds of paddling.
If you're constantly paddling as hard as you can, it's natural you get tired.
First, learn to use two kinds of paddling.
You choose one depending on the situation;
(1)paddling for getting-out.
(2)paddling for taking-off
(1) Paddling for getting out; relaxed and big-movement paddle
You don't have to paddle as hard as you can when you are getting out.
As you can see in the video, you just need to get on the board with the right balance and paddle in a relaxed manner.
Waves will come from
outside towards the beach.
That is, you are paddling against the way waves coming toward.
Therefore, if you paddle as hard as you can, you will only get tired and you won't go as fast as you think.
You don't have to come back so quickly to catch the wave again, as waves come continually.
you don't have to use much of your strength here.
Instead, conserve your energy to use it for paddling for taking-off.
How to do it
①Sit in the middle of the board, then lie down so that your bellybutton is in the middle of the board. ← Basic position!
② Slightly go "backward” from the position ①, with the board's nose slightly above the water.
③ Stretch your legs together with a little force.
④ Place your body straight on the stringer and check the balance between your left and right sides.
⑤ Paddle with big, relaxed movements.
*Important* Learn this basic way of paddling here!
(2) Paddling for taking off
You need to put on speed to catch the wave
when you take off, so you need to paddle as hard as you can.
If you can't ride on the wave, you have to wait for another wave coming in for a while.
So now is the time you use the energy you have saved by paddling for getting-out.
How to do it
①Sit in the middle of the board, then lie down so that your belly button is in the middle of the board . ← Basic position!
② Slightly go "forward” from the position ①, with the board's nose is slightly lower than the position of paddling for getting-out.
③Stretch your legs together with a little force.
④Place your body straight on the stringer and check your left and right sides for balance.
⑤ Bend your legs and lift them up. ← Here's the key!
*Reason* The center of gravity shifts forward, which allows you to put on speed and prevents you from being left behind.
⑥ Paddle hard and vigorously, pulling your shoulder blades upwards slightly.
Use two different types of paddling efficiently to save your energy.
The more distance and time you spend for paddling, the better your paddling will be.
Make an image out of this video, and good luck!