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When you first start to catch waves you don’t want to step to far back on small waves, plus you must learn to step back gently.

So in 1). I am bringing the front foot back from the forward position for the take off paddle stroke.

Then as the board catches the wave, bring the back foot back for a wide stance as in 2).

Notice that in 3) you put all your weight onto the back foot and lean into the turn. Plus the blade goes into the wall of the wave. Not to far back.

Place your weight onto the blade and start to bring the blade forwards and transfer your weight onto both feet.

In 5). the blade is level with your feet, either skimming the surface or just inside the wall. It is important that the blade is gliding through the water, not slowing you down.



This is my preferred take off as I have more power and better support strokes on my left side, also I like to do fade in take offs. This is when you take off going towards the peak.

You have started to paddle for the wave, so you have stepped forwards. As the wave starts to pick you up you move back so your front foot is where you would normally be, over the center of the board and your back foot is back, as in 1).

Due to the fact you have stepped back your weight must be over the front foot pushing the nose down the wave, as in 2).

3) 4) and 5) is carving the board towards the peak, where you wish to do your bottom turn and changing the paddle over to your intended front side.

The move into regular stance is all 1 movement and part of your bottom turn.

In 6). you have your weight on your back foot and heel, to initiate the turn. As it starts to turn you pivot on your back foot rotating your body into the regular stance.

In 7). the blade goes directly into the water in the steering mode so you can accelerate the turn. Carving and steering out your bottom turn fully committed as in 8).


When doing a switch foot tack off it is sometimes useful to do a bottom turn without changing your hands on the paddle. So to do a bottom turn using the paddle it would be a switch paddle stroke.

In 1) 2) and 3) you are stepping back into the regular stance as you catch the wave.

In 4) and 5) I am doing a slight back side turn to position myself in the place where I want to drop into a front side bottom turn.

You transfer your weight onto your toes as in 6) and preparing to bring the blade over to the other side of the board.

In 7) you place the blade in the water with the same technique as a switch bow draw. You are pivoting around the blade in your bottom turn.

In 8) you are transferring your weight onto your heels to do a backside turn.Bringing the blade back onto your back side to complete the turn as in 8).

This turn can be made very fast but you must be careful not to burry the blade to deep. If you do it will give you so much pull, it pulls you straight in.

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