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How do you like to stand when paddling for waves?

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Created by Kisutch 1 month ago, 6 Mar 2021
Kisutch
26 posts
6 Mar 2021 1:59AM
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I like the feeling of catching a wave early in parallel stance, even if it's the newbie way to roll, something so fun about paddling the way I do on flatwater and then all of a sudden the wave is carrying me off.

I was out in terrible conditions last week, onshore winds whipped up and everyone left the break as we got in, super choppy. I noticed my nose would pearl no matter how mushy the wave if I was in parallel, and I finally had to try padding in full surf stance -- usually I only do this if I am catching a wave late. It was pretty dang fun to catch waves like this and I think it let me surf better since there's no fiddling around during the drop.

I'd love to hear folks thoughts on this if they could share how they like to paddle into waves and how it might vary depending on the board or the conditions.
cheers

LeeD
2520 posts
6 Mar 2021 2:25AM
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I start out half surf stance and switch to full surf when the swell is about 10 feet from my board...about my 3rd stroke.
For tiny 2 feet waves, regular paddle stance is fine.

cantSUPenough
VIC, 2003 posts
6 Mar 2021 11:05AM
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I paddle for the wave in half-surf-stance - not parallel, but not full surf stance with my foot on the tail. (For me that provides good stability, plus I often crouch to really dig the paddle to accelerate onto the wave.) I always move my back foot further back when the wave is close, but then I gauge how steep the wave is and move my back foot accordingly - moving it back further if it is steeper to avoid nose dive.

On a bigger board, I will "skip" both feet further back to get into proper surf stance with my rear foot closer to the pad. On a smaller board (8'5 - 8'10) I can just move my back foot onto the pad.

Not sure if that is the best technique, but it works for me.

supthecreek
2182 posts
6 Mar 2021 9:41AM
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Everyone does what feels best for them.

I pretty much paddle flatwater and surf, in the same stance.
a semi-surf stance
it is solid and comfortable
With good side to side stability, as well as front to back stability

feet are fairly close to centerline, to minimize side to side wobbles

I colored the handle yellow in this picture to make it easy to see


Seajuice
NSW, 739 posts
6 Mar 2021 12:55PM
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Basically 1/2 to 3/4 surf stance. Whilst paddling around & standing still. Front foot toes over centre line. Back foot halfway between centreline & rail.
As soon I'm about to catch the wave. I only need to move my back foot over centre line.
It has improved my wave catching too as I always know my front foot is already in position.
I had forced myself to do this when learning to SUP foil. And now it feels quite comfortable and my preferred stance.
When it's really choppy I may move a bit more to the parallel stance when still but my front foot is always more forward.

tightlines
WA, 3368 posts
6 Mar 2021 2:26PM
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Full surf stance

colas
4143 posts
6 Mar 2021 4:52PM
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I use a "fencing" position, that you could also call half-surf-stance.

I allows max paddling power on both sides of the board, since you have the shoulders facing forwards, and good balance since your front foot is aligned with the stringer: moving your weight between the heel and toes will not offset your balance.

My weight is on the front foot, the rear leg is acting as a "bike stand" to counter the push of the wave: the hollower the waves, the farther back the rear foot.

People on tiny narrow boards may prefer going into a full surf stance, so that the feet are on the stringer, and it is easier then to balance a very narrow board, especially with narrow noses, at the expense of paddling power.

There are some take offs captured on my videos here:





Kovert
86 posts
6 Mar 2021 6:22PM
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Have to have weight on the front foot for control on take off, parallel stance is the least stable position you could be in at that critical point and see plenty of people scooting their boards out from under them that way! You can also get a much better dig with the paddle with offset feet and will get you in to a wave earlier combined with weighting the front foot more.

Kisutch
26 posts
6 Mar 2021 9:34PM
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Thanks for the super helpful info, pics, and videos! I'm excited to try the semi- surf stances with these refinements.

supsean
132 posts
7 Mar 2021 5:26AM
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also 1/2 stance. I also do something like cola's (because of an earlier post by him) with both kinda parallel, but one behind the other. But generally I think my feet look like supthecreek. Now I can't even really go parallel anymore. It feels weird.

DaveSandan
VIC, 1084 posts
7 Mar 2021 2:39PM
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Lately I have been doing pretty good surfing my sup and will be in Noosa at the end of the month for a week of non stop surfing! yeah!
I keep my feet parallel while paddling for the wave and once I am on I move my left foot back into a surfing position, it works fine for me but it's a personal choice. I find it makes me more stable taking off and it's a quick step back and causes me no issue, mind you I am not on steep, big waves either and that's ok.

lam
VIC, 164 posts
7 Mar 2021 5:34PM
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Front foot forward but not full surfing stance, when necessary move weight even further forward off deck pad, ( thank heavens for hexatraction) to assist in catching wave, but quickly shuffle back once caught wave to avoid face plant.

lam
VIC, 164 posts
7 Mar 2021 5:37PM
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colas said..
I use a "fencing" position, that you could also call half-surf-stance.

I allows max paddling power on both sides of the board, since you have the shoulders facing forwards, and good balance since your front foot is aligned with the stringer: moving your weight between the heel and toes will not offset your balance.

My weight is on the front foot, the rear leg is acting as a "bike stand" to counter the push of the wave: the hollower the waves, the farther back the rear foot.

People on tiny narrow boards may prefer going into a full surf stance, so that the feet are on the stringer, and it is easier then to balance a very narrow board, especially with narrow noses, at the expense of paddling power.

There are some take offs captured on my videos here:








Love the vids and the tunes colas. Good choices.

Brenno
QLD, 783 posts
7 Mar 2021 7:56PM
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supthecreek said..
Everyone does what feels best for them.

I pretty much paddle flatwater and surf, in the same stance.
a semi-surf stance
it is solid and comfortable
With good side to side stability, as well as front to back stability

feet are fairly close to centerline, to minimize side to side wobbles

I colored the handle yellow in this picture to make it easy to see



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