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How to Duck Dive - Surf Tips for Beginners

April 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 155

Paddling out to the lineup can sometimes be difficult, especially if there are large waves breaking on your head every few seconds! But you can beat those paddle out blues if you learn how to "duck dive." Originally coined to emulate the idea of "water off of a duck's back," duck diving has been a staple move in every surfer's repertoire since the advent of the shortboard revolution. Duck diving waves allows you to get out into the lineup safely and quickly. Though the premise is basic, here are some tips to help you master one of surfing's most effective moves:

First, give yourself enough time. Duck diving is a simple enough endeavor, but you have to be mindful of timing when to start your dive. Too soon and you'll pop up in middle of the whitewater or, worse yet, the lip of a crashing wave! Too late and you'll get mowed over before you can reach a safe depth. A good rule of thumb is to use a three-second count in your head (perhaps more as the size of the surf increases). Leave yourself that time to take a quick breath and submerge your surfboard under the oncoming wave. What might a three-second duck dive look like? Let's see:

"One-thousand-one." As the breaking wave or the whitewater approaches, take a breath of air and place both hands on your surfboard's outside rails and the ball of your foot on the tail.

"One-thousand-two." Let the weight of your body submerge your surfboard under the oncoming wave. All too often you'll see surfers flailing about trying to manhandle their boards under the waves. Remember, duck diving is an exercise in efficiency and wasted energy translates into poor performance. Apply a bit more pressure with your hands to ensure the nose of your surfboard penetrates the water first and the ball of your foot to level out your board once you're underwater. How deep? A foot or two is usually fine for most days, though you'll have to get a little deeper on those big days.

"One-thousand-three." After the wave has passed over your head, take your foot off of the tail of your surfboard and bend your arms to let your board back into your chest. The buoyancy of your board will aid you in your journey back to the surface of the water. Remember to keep you eyes open to see what's ahead of you!

Once you've got a few duck dives under your belt, you'll start to adapt the above suggestions to fit your style of duck diving. Soon enough, you'll be zooming through the impact zone and catching more waves during your sessions!

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