Forums > Stand Up Paddle General

Spot search

Created by pampel 1 month ago, 11 Apr 2021
74 posts
11 Apr 2021 6:32AM
Thumbs Up

I have a fickly spot question. Do spots exist which transfer you after a wave dirctly back to the takeoff zone? I am thinking of kind of a outer reef spot where during outgoing tide the water moves out of the laggon directly along the the reef line to the lineup.
No more paddle needed?
Thanks for all your input.

TAS, 1023 posts
11 Apr 2021 11:57AM
Thumbs Up

Yes, there's a couple of spots near me, one is a sand bar at a river mouth where the out going tide takes you back to the takeoff and the other is next to a big headland that the rip runs next to.

4188 posts
11 Apr 2021 4:56PM
Thumbs Up

Look for spots enclosed in long jetties/points. Very often the water pushed inside the "bay" must escape, and create strong outgoing rips along the sides.

If the sell is somewhat at an angle with the coast, only one jetty/point/headland is sufficient, if the swell "pushes against" it.

74 posts
11 Apr 2021 9:21PM
Thumbs Up

Thanks. Do you have pics of these spots (without naming them of course):-)

2195 posts
12 Apr 2021 12:11AM
Thumbs Up

Water always builds up inside any break, and must have a path to drain back out to sea.
Even if there is no obvious channel, that draining water creates a river of water flow, back out to deeper water. (rip or current)

By staring out past the break, eyes kind of unfocused, you will be able to detect even slight surface movement inside the break.
Then focus on a bit of foam, moving in that "river".... follow where it goes out to deeper water.

When you paddle out, use that waterflow to increase your speed towards the outside.
Go WITH the flow, not directly out to the takeoff.
Combine that water flow, with the wind when possible and use good timing to paddle out during a lull.
The water flow is strongest a few moments after a bigger set, so probably lessor waves to deal with for a while.
Paddle like you mean it and go with the flow!!

I always tell people:
"if you want to learn how to get out easily... follow an old surfer.
They use brains, not brawn, to get out when it's bigger"


Forums > Stand Up Paddle General

"Spot search" started by pampel